MSR Classics | What’s New from Newtown?
Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, and thus the Holiday Season has arrived. Let's celebrate by exploring the wonderful world of Music, and the new musical material offered by MSR. Favorite and new artists, favorite and new repertoire... it's all here, waiting for the discovery and enjoyment of the adventurous music listener. Read on below for brief introductions to What's New from Newtown.
The newest of the new is a collection of flute music by Robert Raines. On INTO THE ETERNAL, Raines' second release on the MSR label, seven of the composer's works are heard in committed, beautifully inflected performances. Because the recordings were all made "Live In Concert" by several flute ensembles (and by Robert Raines himself), a special energy can be detected, and a feeling of honesty as well. Raines' music is always very "personal" in nature, and the numerous flutists and musicians heard here perform with that ethos in mind. Also new this month is Volume 2 of 20TH CENTURY MASTERPIECES FOR 2 PIANOS AND ORCHESTRA, featuring the renowned Pierce & Jonas piano duo. The first volume [MS1651] broke ground when it appeared, being an entirely unique collection of World Premiere Recordings of tremendously difficult, yet lively and accessible masterpieces. This new release is the second of a pair, rounding out the total number of works to a "baker's dozen". Both 2-CD sets offer bristling, definitive performances, many of which were rehearsed, performed and recorded under the supervision and with the support and approval of the composer. There has never been anything like these two releases, and likely never will be again. Joshua Pierce and the late great Dorothy Jonas give the performances of two lifetimes - and then some. Extensive notes and copious supporting images round out the picture. More new recordings from the keyboard (only one here) are just in: an enjoyable program of piano music by SCHUBERT - and by Schubert transformed by Liszt - in convincing performances by Pam Goldberg. The pianist's way with the music is rooted in honesty and precision, but also in the warmth of a romantic spirit. The experience of hearing Goldberg's pianism leaves one wanting to hear more from her. Next comes an earful of some of the finest trombone playing this side of paradise from Greg Spiridopoulos. In SYNCHRONOUS, Spiridopoulos is heard in new music that is equal parts adventurous and lyrical. Every shade of the trombone is explored by the composers, and our soloist is well up to the task. The New Englanders in the wind ensemble under the direction of Matthew Westgate shine. Also part of MSR's newest of the new is an album of music for brass by American composer Douglas Hedwig. In VIBRANT COLORS, Hedwig presents music for a wide variety of instrumental combinations that, although varied in style, always "sounds like Hedwig". The more one listens, the more one hears the similarities perfectly offset by the mood-induced differences. The large array of musicians assembled by the composer, including Lagniappe Brass and the Altus Trumpet Ensemble, give exciting, nuanced and idiomatic performances, captured expertly by the recording engineers. Sticking with brass, also new this month is a release that showcases the complete music for brass quintet by KEVIN MCKEE. Brimming with style and substance, McKee's work could not receive more persuasive performances than what Brassworks provides. Consisting of players from Brigham Young University, the quintet gives life to every page of the scores with the perfect combination of sonority and brassy panache.
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 BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY - VOL.7
Piano Sonatas Nos.30, 31 & 32
Ludwig van Beethoven
PAUL PARAY - SEVEN PIANO PIECES
New Music for Brass Trio
Lauren Bernofsky, Dorothy Gates, Erik Morales, IVette Herryman Rodriguez, Jeff Scott, Shanyse Strickland
World Premiere Recordings
INTO THE ETERNAL
Flute Music of Robert Raines
20TH CENTURY MASTERPIECES FOR 2 …
PIERCE & JONAS[MS1652]
SCHUBERT: SONATA IN A MAJOR
Impromptu in B-flat, Ständchen (Liszt)
New Works for Trombone and Wind Ensemble
Brass Music of Douglas Hedwig