GREAT NEWS, NEW RELEASES AND NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
MSR recording artist James Brawn is now a Steinway Artist, joining the ranks of great pianists like Vladimir Ashkenazy, Emanuel Ax and Stephen Kovacevich. Such an honor is granted to musicians only of the highest rank, and we therefore congratulate James wholeheartedly on this notable achievement.
A recording project begun in 1991 has come to fruition in MSR Classics' beautifully packaged and expertly annotated Limited Edition 14-CD box set featuring Antonio Soler's Harpsichord Sonatas Nos. 1-120. In a great achievement, Barbara Harbach traverses Soler's huge body of work with expertise, subtlety and dedication
To complement the lazy daze of Summer, MSR has a host of new recordings to savor. Just in the door is a glorious program of Bach Organ Music, performed by Barbara Harbach - she brings all her gifts to these great works. In a different vein, tuneful chamber music for clarinet, piano, and piano duo by Michael Eckert is featured on Brazilian Dreams. Also new this month is David Korevaar in performance of two Schubert Piano Sonatas. Korevaar is also heard partnering with Takacs Quartet violist Geraldine Walther in Hindemith Viola Sonatas. Violinist Eka Gogichashvili brings to life a riveting program of works by Erwin Schulhoff, and a disc of accessible chamber music by James Winn is here as well. Also just in the door are two debuts: the Kontras Quartet in Origins, a program of accessible works for string quartet, and mezzo-soprano Sarah Rose Taylor in performances of Wagner and Elgar, arranged for voice and organ by Nigel Potts. Two lyrically-oriented instrumental recitals are here: The Singing Oboe by Andrew Parker, and Samplings by bassoonist Matthew Morris. From the piano keyboard comes two new releases: Aires Indios, a program of Bolivian music performed by Bolivian pianist Walter Aparicio and a program of works by Béla Bartók by Terry Eder. American tenor Stanley Wilson gives handsome, expressive performances of Schumann's Dichterliebe and Liederkreis song cycles - his is a worthy addition to a crowded field.
NOTABLY FORTHCOMING - In the coming months, the Mirror Image horn duo will be heard On Safari and flautists Lisa Garner Santa and Elena Yarritu in two colorful recitals. From the world of choral music, MSR will be releasing an album just recorded in New York by the New York City Children's Choir. A little further out, pianist Ann Schein releases a program of French music, and organist Felix Hell will be pulling out all the stops (literally) in Heroic Proportions.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn It Up.
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