WHAT’S NEW FROM MSR?
Recent Releases


The joke goes that "April showers bring May flowers, but May flowers bring pilgrims", but at MSR, May is simply another month's helping of terrific new listening material. Dare we suggest some of what we've got here may actually change a person's outlook? Read on, and see if you think you may be one of the lucky ones. You're hereby invited to investigate our latest. New artists, favorite artists, new music and the tried-and-true, everything here we promise will provide a rewarding experience. Read on below for brief introductions to What's New from Newtown.

The newest of the new is a pair of single-act oratorios, LAVINIA and ANNA KOMNENE, that celebrate "Courageous Women of Antiquity", conceived and composed by New York-based Georgia Shreve. An all-star cast of top-drawer vocal soloists are supported by a sonorous score, performed with poignancy and vigor by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Steven Mercurio. The booklet comes with the complete librettos. Right behind Shreve's masterworks is FIVE BY FOUR, an adventurous program of music for two pianos and piano four-hands by Eleanor Alberga, Donald Grantham Jr. Kerr, Astor Piazzolla and Stella Sung. The Nyaho/Garcia Piano Duo's pianists Susanna Garcia and William Chapman Nyaho play as one. Also just in the door are two stunning works for vocal quartet and chamber ensemble by Nicholas White: SONGS OF INNOCENCE, which consists of settings of William Blake's poetry, and THE RAVEN, which sets Edgar Allan Poe's masterpiece complete. In this 2-CD set, the combination of poetry and music offers The Raven Consort ample opportunities to excel in expression and finesse. In FORMAS DEL TIEMPO, music by Martin Matalon is performed with the utmost commitment, with pianist Elena Klionsky leading the pack. Matalon's music is hard to describe. It's modern, yet timeless; challenging yet accessible. One must hear it to understand. Next, MSR favorite Martha Marchena is heard out-doing herself in SOUL OF BRAZIL - A Tribute to the Piano Music of Heitor Villa-Lobos. In this tour-de-force program, Marchena brings her lifelong dedication to the art of piano playing to music by one of her most dear composers. One cannot find more personal and impactful performances than what is heard here. Next up are cellist Katherine Decker and pianist Eun-Hee Park in a charming recital of NOCTURNES and ROMANCES for cello and piano by 19th century composer, GEORG GOLTERMANN. A treasure trove of rarities, the works allow Decker's beautiful singing tone to be heard, leaving one waiting for Volume 2. Moving from solo cello to the symphony orchestra, we are blessed by Volume 15 of the critically acclaimed MUSIC OF BARBARA HARBACH series, this being ORCHESTRAL MUSIC VI. Under the baton of David Angus, the London Philharmonic Orchestra revels in Harbach's tuneful, colorful, very "American" music - one can sense the musicians enjoying themselves as they play. Floating Earth and Candlewood Digital provide a demonstration-class recording. Next? SAXSPECTRUM 3, a fascinating 2CD set that features new music (accessible here and experimental there) for alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, didgeridoo, electronics, percussion and piano. The brave and gifted Canadian crew of musicians is headed up by Glen Gillis. Another CD new to the catalog is from violist Hillary Herndon in 1919 VIOLA SONATAS - Hidden Treasures from an Epoch Year that features music by Granville Bantock, Arthur Foote, Joseph Ryelandt and Marcelle Soulage that has as its origin a musical competition that occurred in that year. Pianist Wei-Chun Bernadette Lo provides hands-in-glove support for Herndon's musical storytelling.


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
SHREVE: LAVINIA; ANNA KOMNENE
Courageous Women of Antiquity
Georgia Shreve

STEVEN MERCURIO


World Premiere Recordings

[MS1725]
FIVE BY FOUR
Music for Piano Duo
Eleanor Alberga, Donald Grantham, Thomas Kerr Jr, Astor Piazzolla, Stella Sung

NYAHO/GARCIA PIANO DUO


[MS1753]
NICHOLAS WHITE: SONGS OF INNOCENCE & THE RAVEN
Music for Vocal Quartet and Chamber Ensemble
Nicholas White

NICHOLAS WHITE


World Premiere Recordings [2-CD]

[MS1739]
FORMAS DEL TIEMPO
FORMAS DEL TIEMPO
Piano Music of Martin Matalon
ELENA KLIONSKY

[MS1789]
SOUL OF BRAZIL
SOUL OF BRAZIL
A Tribute to the Piano Music of Heitor
MARTHA MARCHENA

[MS1764]
GOLTERMANN: NOCTURNES & ROMANCES
GOLTERMANN: NOCTURNES & ROMANCES
Morceaux de Salon for Cello and Piano
KATHERINE DECKER

[MS1673]
HARBACH VOL.15: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC VI
HARBACH VOL.15: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC VI
The Sound The Stars Make
LONDON PHILHARMONIC …

[MS1714]
SAXSPECTRUM 3
SAXSPECTRUM 3
New Music for Alto and Soprano Saxophone
GLEN GILLIS

[MS1712]