NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Recent Releases

HAPPY NEW YEAR! "2019" has a very nice sound to it, and what better way to get the new year off to a good start than with some new listening material from MSR Classics. Newest of the new is TO A CAMIA, which features pianist Sally Pinkas performing piano music from Romantic Manila. The Filipino music is light, but not lightweight, and Pinkas has just the right touch for it. Also just in is ABIDE WITH ME, a glorious collection of favorite Christian hymns in new settings, these for soprano, horns and piano. The listening experience here is deeply affecting, with horn player Lisa Bontrager and her collaborators providing performances of great sincerity. Right behind this is AMERICAN REFLECTIONS - Choral Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries. In their second release on MSR Classics, the St. Charles Singers under the direction of Jeffrey Hunt have put together a collection of recordings made live in great spaces in England - the resulting listening experience will leave listeners transformed. Equally as transforming are the performances of German-born  Felix Hell at the helm of the King of Instruments (the Pipe Organ, not the Tuba). In POETIC VISIONS, Hell renders a deeply affecting program of works from German composers of the Romantic period in recordings of stunning and atmospheric realism. Volume 12 of the Music of BARBARA HARBACH series is just in. This installment, Orchestral Music IV "Symphony Storytelling, features the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of David Angus performing Harbach's Symphony No.11 and a highly evocative film-music suite entitled "Hypocrisy". Next, the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields under David Shuler is heard in their second release on MSR performing music by GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA. The ensemble's first release on MSR, which featured choral music of Manchicourt, received high acclaim, and this new release is surely headed for a similar response; the performances and audio engineering are superlative. Just in the door is TRIPTYCH, which features the west-coast-based Delphi Trio playing trios by Beethoven, Brahms and Bolcom, the latter being a World Premiere. Violinist Liana, cellist Michelle and pianist Jeffrey render the works with great subtlety - but with no shortage of pathos when called for. Right behind Triptych is another chamber title, this one featuring music for oboe by Alyssa Morris, who for this recording also assumes the role of oboe soloist. In A HIGHER PLACE, it becomes apparent literally from the first three seconds of the disc that one is in for a treat. Morris' music is kaleidoscopic in its range of dazzling colors and lovable melodies. Next, two intoxicating programs of piano music are in. First up is a fascinating and truly unique album of works by early-20th-century composer, LUIGI PERRACHIO. A great fan of the music of Debussy, David Korevaar in these World Premiere Recordings shows that Perrachio was himself a gifted impressionist.

 

NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Joshua Pierce | BRAVURA - Showpieces for Piano and Orchestra
Jesse Cook | IMAGINED CONVERSATIONS - Trumpet Recital
Courtney Miller | PORTUGUESE PERSPECTIVES - Music for Oboe
The Borealis Wind Quintet | PAUL REALE: Music for Winds
Cole Burger | BEYOND THE TRAVELER - Composers from Arkansas
Pierce & Jonas | 20th CENTURY MASTERPIECES for 2 Pianos & Orchestra

 

Stay tuned, and remember to Turn. It. Up!

 

FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE

New Releases
TO A CAMIA
Piano Music from Romantic Manila
Nicanor Abelardo, Marcelo Adonay, Francisco Buencamino Sr., Juan De Sahagun Hernandez, Ignacio Massaguer, Antonio Molina, Julio Nakpil, Dolores Paterno, Diego Perez, Francisco Santiago, Ramón Valdes Y Pica

SALLY PINKAS

[MS1645]
ABIDE WITH ME
Great Hymns in New Settings
Paul Basler, Marc Guy, Brooke Hopkins, Paul Jones, James Naigus, Jeremy Strong

LISA BONTRAGER

World Premiere Recordings

[MS1692]
CELLO CONCERTOS
Dvorak, Elgar, Schumann and Strauss
Antonin Dvorak, Edward Elgar, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss

KIM COOK

Special 2-CD set

[MS1637]
AMERICAN REFLECTIONS
AMERICAN REFLECTIONS
20th and 21st Century Choral Music
ST. CHARLES …

[MS1660]
POETIC VISIONS
POETIC VISIONS
Romantic Organ Music by German Composers
FELIX HELL

[MS1694]
HARBACH VOL.12: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC IV
HARBACH VOL.12: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC IV
Symphonic Storytelling
BARBARA HARBACH

[MS1646]
PALESTRINA: MISSA TU ES PETRUS
PALESTRINA: MISSA TU ES PETRUS
Sacred Choral Music from 16th Century Italy
CHOIR OF ST. …

[MS1698]
TRIPTYCH: PIANO TRIOS
TRIPTYCH: PIANO TRIOS
BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS & BOLCOM
DELPHI TRIO

[MS1674]