WHAT’S NEW IN 2022
Recent Releases

Here we are in 2022, heading into the cold dark days of winter. To offer some relief from the gloom that can come around, MSR presents a bounty of new music. Whether one encounters a new artist, new repertoire or something tried-and-true, we promise the listening experience will be rewarding if not outright enlightening. Read on below for brief introductions to What's New from Newtown.

The newest of the new is RUMINATIONS, a program of lively, clever and inconspicuously complex  chamber music focused on the Oboe. In her second release (her first being the well-received album, A Higher Place), Alyssa Morris  - on this release as before, being both composer and soloist - along with an array of collaborating musicians perform her work with just the right mix of charm and precision. Right behind Ruminations is the first of three planned releases from Concordian Dawn in FORTUNA ANTIQUA ET ULTA, a meditative, entrancing program of "Medieval Songs of Fate, Fortune and Fin'amor." Under the direction of Christopher Preston Thompson, the singers and instrumentalists unite hand in glove, revealing subtle but defining interpretive nuance. [Note that Ruminations and Fortuna Antiqua et Ulta will be available to ship by the end of the month]. Also "just in the door" is GLASS CEILINGS which features three luminous song cycles by American composer JAKE HEGGIE. Soprano Melissa Davis is joined by pianist Jerry Wong in performances that are as expressive as they are musically pristine.  As the Swiss conductor, Ernest Ansermet, once said, "There is poetry in precision". Next up, cellist Mary Costanza is heard in soulful, probing performances of BRAHMS' famous Sonata in E minor and RACHMANINOFF's early Sonata in G minor. In her hands, her instrument (known to many as "Giovanni") sings assuredly, and with glorious tone. Costanza's work is followed by FRENCH MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS, performed here by the Baron & Navarro Duo. In works for two pianos and one for piano four-hands (two pianists sharing the bench), Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro display venerable duo-musicianship. Debussy, Poulenc, Ravel and Saint-Saëns would be pleased! Moving from the keyboard to violin, new this month is ON CONTEMPLATING LOSS, a program of works by LAURENCE LOWE for violin and piano. Violin soloist Aubrey Smith Davis is joined by father Rex at the piano and, in two of the pieces, husband Alexander (who released Refraction on MSR) on second violin. The performances, captured in atmospheric recordings, are engrossing. Just in the door is DANCING IN DREAMS, an album largely of transcriptions for flute and harp by Piazzolla and several French composers. Flute soloist Nicole Esposito is joined by Çagatay Akyol in compelling performances that run the gamut of musical expression. Moving back the piano, Maria Thompson Corley has released SOULSCAPES 2, which features music by Women composers of African descent. The largely under-represented repertoire is as varied as it is accessible, and could not have a better advocate then Corley (whose Soulscapes 1 was released several years ago by Albany Records).

 


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
RUMINATIONS
Chamber Music for Oboe
Alyssa Morris

ALYSSA MORRIS


PRE-ORDER [Available in late January 2022]

[MS1729]
FORTUNA ANTIQUA ET ULTA
Medieval Songs of Fate, Fortune and Fin'amor
CONCORDIAN DAWN


PRE-ORDER [Available January 2022]

[MS1805]
GLASS CEILINGS
Song Cycles of Jake Heggie
Jake Heggie

MELISSA DAVIS


NOW AVAILABLE

[MS1783]
BRAHMS & RACHMANINOFF
BRAHMS & RACHMANINOFF
Sonatas for Cello and Piano
MARY COSTANZA

[MS1520]
FRENCH MUSIC FOR PIANO DUO
FRENCH MUSIC FOR PIANO DUO

BARON & NAVARRO PIANO …

[MS1732]
ON CONTEMPLATING LOSS
ON CONTEMPLATING LOSS
Music for Violin and Piano by Laurence Lowe
AUBREY SMITH WOODS

[MS1799]
DANCING IN DREAMS
DANCING IN DREAMS
Music for Flute and Harp
NICOLE ESPOSITO

[MS1790]
SOULSCAPES 2
SOULSCAPES 2
Piano Music by Women of African Descent
MARIA THOMPSON CORLEY

[MS1744]