NEWS, NEW RELEASES and NOTABLY FORTHCOMING
Now that Summer is here, let's celebrate with some really, really good "listening material" on Compact Disc, fresh from the bucolic, rolling hills of Newtown, Connecticut. Newest of the New is a truly stunning compositional debut by Jimmy López Bellido, SYMPHONIC CANVAS. In powerful, beautifully recorded performances by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, López Bellido's orchestral music comes alive, making a strong case for him to be a composer to watch - and watch closely! Also fresh in the door is double bass virtuoso Robert Oppelt in THE DOUBLE BASS - ENCORE!, his follow-up to the very successful first release on MSR [MS1221]. Oppelt makes clear the enormous expressive and tonal range of the bass. Volume 6 of James Brawn's acclaimed BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY cycle of piano sonatas is now out. Although this volume does not contain any "famous" sonatas, Brawn's engrossing performances are likely to help the ones featured here ascend a few rungs of popularity! Also up for a quality listen is BACH IN TRANSCRIPTION, which features a rich, brilliantly coherent program of music transcribed for piano by no less than six composers. American pianist Jean Alexis Smith gives performances of great poise and assurance in another future favorite. From worldly exoticism to 17th century elegance we move to the great outdoors for RENDERINGS, a "pictorial" program of music for violin and harp. The Crimson Duo - pianist Matt Milewski and harpist Jaymee Haefner - partner with composers and a gifted visual artist, Luke Mislinski, to connect music with imagery. Hearing the music within the context of the images is enlightening. Fresh out of the box is CHILDREN'S PALACE, a collection of music for winds and piano by American composer PAUL REALE. The performances given by The Borealis Wind Quintet, both an an ensemble and as individual players are extraordinary, as is the pianism of Christopher Guzman. Reale's fascinatingly tuneful and colorful music is destined for a place in the standard repertoire of the genre.
Stay tuned, and remember to Turn it up!
FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE
Symphony No.1 | Bel Canto – A Symphonic Canvas
Jimmy López Bellido
FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
World Premiere Recordings [August 23 Release]
THE DOUBLE BASS - ENCORE!
Ernest Bloch, Giovanni Bottesini, Evan Chambers, John Clayton, Domenico Dragonetti, Serge Koussevitzky, Krysztof Penderecki, Sherwood Shaffer
A BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY, VOL.6
Piano Sonatas Nos.4, 11 & 12
Ludwig van Beethoven
Music for Oboe, English Horn and Piano
A BLACK BIRCH IN WINTER
American and Estonian Choral Music
REALE: CALDERA WITH ICE CAVE
Music for Strings
Piano Music Through the Centuries
New Music for Bassoon with Piano, Percussion