WHAT’S NEW FROM MSR?
Recent Releases

Welcome Summer! Can it be the Solstice is already upon us? It's hard to believe - time flies. In celebration of the arrival of the new season, we invite you to explore MSR's latest. New artists, favorite artists, new music and favorite artists... it's all here waiting for your undivided attention. Read on below for brief introductions to What's New from Newtown.

The newest of the new is Volume 3 of the well-received MUSIC OF DANIEL CARR series on MSR Discover. Featuring two works for "high voice" and piano trio, and one for just piano trio, the program is accessible, stimulating and often surprising. Carr does not compose within a strictly delineated style, but instead shifts cleverly and convincingly from one to another. The performers, Mindy Ella Chu and the Benefic Piano Trio, could not be more convincing in this repertoire. Next up is IL CIRCOLO RESPIGHI, an intoxicating program of songs for soprano and piano by Ottorino Respighi and several contemporaries (including his teacher, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov). Soprano Gabrielle Haigh and pianist Randall Fusco bring no less than 23 songs to life with equal parts subtlety and pathos. World-class recording production and a deluxe 32-page booklet offering complete texts and translations complete the picture of an important release. Also just in the door is CHILD'S PLAY, the second release on MSR Classics by the venerable enhakē ensemble. In a program of brilliant new arrangements for violin, clarinet, cello and piano of music by Brahms, Glière, Ravel, Edward Knight and Sihyun Uhm, the musicians distinguish themselves with performances that strike the perfect balance between the original works and their own new vision of them. Of particular interest is a performance of Brahms' famous lullaby that could keep a snowball from melting in hell. Next up? 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.


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
DANIEL CARR: WORKS VOLUME 3
High Voice and Piano Trio
Daniel Carr

DANIEL CARR


World Premiere Recordings

[MS1761]
IL CIRCOLO RESPIGHI
Songs for Soprano and Piano
Giuseppe Martucci, Elsa Sangiacomo Respighi, Ottorino Respighi, Vittorio Rieti, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov

GABRIELLE HAIGH


[MS1784]
CHILD'S PLAY

 
Johannes Brahms, Reinhold Glière, Edward Knight, Maurice Ravel, Sihyun Uhm

ENHAKE


Premiere recordings of new music and arrangements

[MS1788]
SHREVE: LAVINIA; ANNA KOMNENE
SHREVE: LAVINIA; ANNA KOMNENE
Courageous Women of Antiquity
STEVEN MERCURIO

[MS1725]
FIVE BY FOUR
FIVE BY FOUR
Music for Piano Duo
NYAHO/GARCIA PIANO DUO

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

[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]