MSR Classics | What’s New from Newtown?
Happy Summer! Temperatures are rising, reservoir levels are falling and the Yankees are beating the Red Sox over, and over, and over again. To accompany these common tidings of the season, we invite you to explore MSR's latest. Favorite and new artists, favorite and new repertoire... 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 A STORY OF LIFE, a compelling program of music by Émile Naoumoff (b. 1962) performed with a magical combination of precision and grace by Korean-born Bogyeong Lee. Naoumoff's music is by turns intoxicating and playful, propelled by a seemingly infinite palette of harmonic and rhythmic elements. A rare treat indeed, the annotation features excerpts of correspondence sent to Lee by the composer on her performances, revealing great respect and gratitude. Also just in 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.
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]
A STORY OF LIFE
Piano Works of Emile Naoumoff
DANIEL CARR: WORKS VOLUME 3
High Voice and Piano Trio
World Premiere Recordings
IL CIRCOLO RESPIGHI
Songs for Soprano and Piano
Giuseppe Martucci, Elsa Sangiacomo Respighi, Ottorino Respighi, Vittorio Rieti, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
SHREVE: LAVINIA; ANNA KOMNENE
Courageous Women of Antiquity
FIVE BY FOUR
Music for Piano Duo
NYAHO/GARCIA PIANO DUO[MS1753]
NICHOLAS WHITE: SONGS OF INNOCENCE …
Music for Vocal Quartet and Chamber Ensemble
FORMAS DEL TIEMPO
Piano Music of Martin Matalon