WHAT’S NEW FROM MSR?
Recent Releases

Autumn is here... but can it be? It seems only yesterday that summer had begun! Time flies when you're having fun. In celebration of the harvest season, we suggest you fill your basket with music from MSR Classics. Whether hearing a new artist or new repertoire, or a tried-and-true standard, we promise you won't be disappointed in our latest "listening material". Read on for brief introductions to What's New from Newtown...

Just in the door is an exquisite program of KEYBOARD SONATAS by C.P.E. Bach and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. As performed by pianist David Murray, the genius behind these works becomes immediately apparent; his interpretations are precise, thoughtful and reveal the magnificent intricacies of the music. More music from the Bach family is on offer this month, but this time from Johann Sebastian. The young, brilliant pianist Peter Tomasz is heard in a very special performance of the GOLDBERG VARIATIONS. Often recorded, but not always masterfully, this famous work under Tomasz' nimble fingers is blessed by an interpretation that is as remarkable for its adherence to the score as it for its freedom from it. Moving away from the keyboard for a moment, we enter the world of song, these from Mexico. In FINDING A VOICE, tenor Juan Carlos Mendoza brings to light a tuneful, colorful and expressive body of work from 1920 onward. Born in the United States of Mexican ancestry, Mendoza has this music in his blood - it's obvious from the moment his performance begins. Returning to music for piano, MSR mainstay artist Joshua Pierce is heard in a brilliantly constructed program of works with orchestra by BRITTEN, FINZI, MILHAUD and RICHARD STRAUSS. The third in a series of recordings of concertos of the lighter sort - the first two featuring works of J.S Bach, Bloch and Hindemith [MS1415] and Bach, Haydn and Mendelssohn [MS1496] - this latest installment shows Pierce to be a master of color, rhythmic inflection and wit. His uncanny ability to channel joy in music is uplifting, if nothing else. Back to works for the voice, a compelling program of new music by Daron Hagen, RAPTURE AND REGRET. In performances by turns subtle and passionate, Hagen's works for soprano, tenor and piano come alive. The performers, soprano Ariana Wyatt, tenor Brian Thorsett, pianist Tracy Cowden (and cellist Benjamin Wyatt), give their all, quite palpably. A poet at the keyboard, Irina Feoktistova in her second release on MSR takes the listener on a deeply engaging journey through the many worlds of Frédéric Chopin in CHOPIN THE ENCHANTER. Feoktistova's training in Russia plays no small part in her ability to tell a story with each of the selected works. Fans of The Vivaldi Project will be happy to know that the highly-lauded trio has released Volume 3 of their highly-lauded MSR series, DISCOVERING THE CLASSICAL STRING TRIO. This volume features little-to-unknown works by John Antes, Franz Hoffmeister, Leopold Hofmann, Giovanni Sammartini, Maddalena Sirmen, Paul Wranitzky and Francesco Zannetti - each a "Eureka moment". Be sure to investigate Volume 1 and Volume 2.

 


FINES FACULTATIS COGNITOS TRANSGREDERE

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

[William H. Murray]

New Releases
GLOBAL SAXOPHONE
A Journey in Music
Elliott Bark, Perry Goldstein, Christian Lauba, Jean Matitia, Arodi Martínez Serrano, Lan-In Winnie Yang

SCOTT LITROFF


World Premiere Recordings

[MS1767]
C.P.E. & W.F. BACH: KEYBOARD SONATAS

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

DAVID MURRAY


[MS1716]
FLAIR
Works for Cello and Piano
Samuel Barber, Manuel De Falla, Astor Piazzolla, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

MIRIAM K. SMITH


PRE-ORDER [Available November 2021]

[MS1780]
J.S. BACH, VOL.1: GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
J.S. BACH, VOL.1: GOLDBERG …

PETER TOMASZ

[MS1791]
FINDING A VOICE
FINDING A VOICE
Mexican Song Cycles After 1920
JUAN CARLOS MENDOZA

[MS1772]
BRITTEN, MILHAUD. FINZI & STRAUSS
BRITTEN, MILHAUD. FINZI & STRAUSS
Works for Piano and Orchestra
JOSHUA PIERCE

[MS1756]
RAPTURE AND REGRET
RAPTURE AND REGRET
Music of Daron Hagen
ARIANA WYATT

[MS1713]
CHOPIN THE ENCHANTER
CHOPIN THE ENCHANTER
Selected Piano Works
IRINA FEOKTISTOVA

[MS1776]