NEW RELEASES, DEBUTS and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
To accompany what is, so far, a tolerable New England winter, MSR is pleased to present a panoramic array of recordings of great artists performing great music.
First up is a particularly noteworthy release, Legacy of Songs, featuring premiere recordings of songs - many of which are unpublished - by Vincent Persichetti. Baritone Lee Velta and soprano Sherry Overholt bring these gems to life, with sensitive and authoritative support from pianist Joshua Pierce. Particularly noteworthy as well, pianist Gwendolyn Mok in her third release on MSR presents Legacy: The Spirit of Beethoven, featuring music by Beethoven, Czerny, Liszt and Mendelssohn. Also just in is the debut release of the St. Charles Singers under director Jeffrey Hunt. In Bushes & Briars, they perform 25 American folk songs from the Oxford University Press books. Pianist Robert Cassidy has just released Pathways, a lovely program of works by Chopin, Debussy and contemporary American composer Joel Feigin. In another recording debut, the New York City Children's Chorus under Mary Huff blesses us with Simple Gifts, a beautiful collection of American and British Art Songs of the 20th century. In The Piazzolla Project, chamber ensemble enhake presents Prepárense, a flavorful collection of Piazzolla favorites in all new arrangements by group member M. Brent Williams. Michael O'Connor's period-instrument Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band under the direction of Douglas Hedwig is heard in a smile-inducing program of traditional band music by Thomas Coates: The Father of Band Music in America. Right behind the band comes brilliant young organist Todd Fickley in Volume 2 of The Bach Project, which employs the fascinating Hauptwerk system. Heading back down to South America, flutist Elena Yarritu in her second release on MSR is heard in Emigrantes, featuring rather sultry flute music from Argentina. Finally, MSR releases its first orchestral SACD, featuring American conductor Lance Friedel and the London Symphony Orchestra in a deeply compelling performance of Bruckner's Symphony No.5. A hybrid disc, it plays as a standard 2-channel stereo disc, but on an SACD player and surround system provides stunningly engineered 5.0 Super Audio sonics. Turn. It. Up.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up.
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
21st Century Music for Trombone Ensemble
Greg Danner, Nicholas Drake, James Kazik, Inez McComas, Kevin McKee, Polina Nazaykinskaya, Kathryn Salfelder, Alan Theisen, Dorn Younger
World Premiere Recordings
PERSICHETTI: LEGACY OF SONGS
Unpublished Songs on Poetical Texts
World Premiere Recordings
LEGACY: THE SPIRIT OF BEETHOVEN
The Composer's Piano
Ludwig van Beethoven, Carl Czerny, Felix Mendelssohn
Period pianoforte instruments
BUSHES & BRIARS
Folk Songs for Choirs - Books 1 & 2
ST. CHARLES …[MS1606]
American and British Art Songs of the 20th
NEW YORK CITY …[MS1555]
THE PIAZZOLLA PROJECT
The Father of Band Music in America