WHAT’S NEW FROM MSR?
Summer is here, and it feels really, really good - has there ever been a stronger sense of revival? This year, it's nothing less than a societal resuscitation. In celebration, let's turn to What's New from MSR. Whether hearing a new artist or ensemble, new repertoire or a tried-and-true staple of classical repertoire, we promise you won't be disappointed in the latest listening material. Read on for brief introductions to What's New from Newtown.
Just in the door is 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". World-classic Troy Music Hall sonics convey the performances in a natural bloom. Substantial piano sonatas by FRANK BRIDGE and DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH are performed with confidence, musicality and - perhaps most importantly - personality. Sally Pinkas, already well-represented in the MSR catalog, adds to it and to the recording catalog at large one of her very best titles. Esteemed American composer BARBARA HARBACH, also well-represented in the MSR catalog, gives us CHAMBER MUSIC VI, being Volume 14 in the MUSIC OF BARBARA HARBACH series. In this release, four new works are heard in world premiere recordings by the St. Louis Chamber Orchestra under the direction of James Richards, and by soprano Stella Markou, flutist Jennifer Mazzoni, violinists Jane Price and Julia Sakharova, and pianist Alla Voskoboynikova. All told, Chamber VI has something for everyone, particularly fans of Harbach's appealing, distinctive music. For music lovers in the mood for some extra flavor comes DANCES OF THE YOGURT MAKER, music for string quartet and Turkish percussion by ERBERK ERYILMAZ. The composer's "voice" is joyful, colorful and rhythmic. Hearing it, one may think of Bartók of Khachaturian for a moment, only to realize it is entirely Eryımaz! The performances by the Carpe Diem String Quartet and Erberk himself as percussionist are spectacular. No less spectacular is the talent and inspiration behind THE ART OF TRANSCRIPTION, a collection of brilliant, highly effective and affecting transcriptions, arrangements and adaptations of a huge variety of music. The musicians of The Center for Musical Excellence, under the guidance of Min Kwon, could not be more convincing than they are in these recordings. On a personal note, their rendition of Charles Aznavour's 1974 song, "She", is as moving to this writer as anything heard in a long, long time. (Listen, and you'll know what I mean). Finally, we have the debut recording of Chinese violinist Kejia He in performances of one of the musical "litmus tests" of musical style and technique for the violinist, EUGÈNE YSAŸE'S 6 SONATAS FOR SOLO VIOLIN. The six musical portraits, dedicated to Joseph Szigeti, Jacques Thibaud, Georges Enescu, Fritz Kreisler, Mathieu Crickboom and Manuel Quiroga, run the gamut of violin expression, and Kejia rises to the task with great skill, and highly varied characterization.
So take it easy, keep happy, and Turn it up!
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]
Works for Cello and Piano
Samuel Barber, Manuel De Falla, Astor Piazzolla, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
MIRIAM K. SMITH
PRE-ORDER [Available October 2021]
J.S. BACH, VOL.1: GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
Johann Sebastian Bach
FINDING A VOICE
Mexican Song Cycles After 1920
Roberto Bañuelas, Rodolfo Halffter, Eduardo Hernández Moncada, Manuel Ponce, José Rolón
JUAN CARLOS MENDOZA
Rare Repertoire Rediscovered
BRITTEN, MILHAUD. FINZI & STRAUSS
Works for Piano and Orchestra
RAPTURE AND REGRET
Music of Daron Hagen
CHOPIN THE ENCHANTER
Selected Piano Works
DISCOVERING THE CLASSICAL STRING …
THE VIVALDI PROJECT[MS1623]
SHOSTAKOVICH & BRIDGE