3 Song Cycles; Jake Heggie; Regina Zona, Kathleen Tagg;
NAXOS 8559764; 1 CD:
- Famed for
his operatic music, Jake Heggie has always been a devoted and prolific
songwriter. Three early song cycles for soprano and piano are featured
in this release, each cycle exploring the many varied facets of the
three women depicted, including Ophelia and Eve. Each was written for a
specific singer and they all reflect Heggie’s personal and exciting
lexicon of musical influences, ranging from folk and jazz, to art song
and musical theater. For more information about Heggie, visit jakeheggie.com.
My Ashes; William Susman; Octet Ensemble, Ferber,
Gurfield, Hughes, Kwon, Oppenheim, Spaneas, Susman, Zuber; Belarca BARC4; 1
OCTET Ensemble's inaugural album features the music of its founder
William Susman nd includes two song cycles, Scatter My Ashes
and Moving in to an Empty Space (performed by soprano Mellissa
Hughes), as well as Susman’s Piano Concerto and the ensemble work Camille.
gathers together a stellar cast of artists who have worked with eighth
blackbird, SIGNAL, Alarm Will Sound, Victoire, and the Metropolitan
turbulent and rich-textured (music)…” –The New York Times
music is irresistible.” – John Kilgore
bit.ly/scattermyashes for more information about this
release and Belarca.
1 and 8; Per Nørgård;
Vienna Philharmonic, Sakari Oramo; Dacapo 6220574; 1 Hybrid SACD:
- With this
world premiere recording, the Vienna Philharmonic offers new
perspectives on the most visionary voice of Nordic music and one of the
greatest symphonists of our time, Danish composer Per Nørgård (b. 1932).
Conducted on this occasion by Finnish Sakari Oramo, these performances
of Nørgård’s Symphonies 1 and 8—two milestones composed with almost six
decades between them—are the legendary orchestra’s first recording of
new Nordic music.
an excellent Guardian article
admiration for Sibelius and South Park
click here: http://bit.ly/1k9bbl2.
Chamber Works; Sergio Cervetti; New England String
Quartet, Chorberg, Rojahn, Wood, Eguchi, Deak, List, Ghent, Gibson, Hayes, Goode,
Scholtens, Pav, Cervetti; Navona NV5958; 1 Enhanced CD:
works on Unbridled, Sergio
Cervetti's fourth solo Navona CD, represent his continuing aesthetic of
combining traditional and postmodern techniques and instrumentation.
This title track is his response to the financial crisis.
Salvador Dali paintings inspired Mémoires
was Master Teacher of Music at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, from
1972-97 and 2007-08. He has composed for a wide range of ensembles and instrumentations.
Samples of his work are available at
Olivier Messiaen; Angela Hewitt, Valerie Hartmann-Claverie, Finnish Radio
Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu; ONDINE ODE 1251-5; 1 Hybrid SACD:
new recording of Olivier Messiaen’s magnum opus, Turangalîla-Symphonie features the Finnish Radio Symphony
led by Hannu Lintu, along with renowned soloists Angela Hewitt on piano
as well as Valérie Hartmann-Claverie, who plays the rare electro-acoustic
ondes Martenot. Within the microcosm of this vast work, Messiaen
provides continuity and cohesion with recurrent musical images and
reference points, redolent of the leit
motifs, idées fixes or
cyclic themes of the great Romantic composers.
Lintu has been Chief Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
since August 2013. An extended biography is available at hannulintu.fi.
Darwin; Scott Brickman; Nancy Ellen Ogle,
Ginger Yang Hwalek; Ravello RR7888; 1 CD:
- Dear Darwin,
Scott Brickman's second Ravello release, explores several themes
relating to Charles Darwin’s studies and interests. The song-cycle is
set to 26 poems by Kathleen Ellis and arranged as an abecedarium. The remaining works,
conceived for electro-acoustic instrumentation, are examples of
compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and in 11 countries
across Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America.
more information about Scott Brickman, click here: academic.umfk.maine.edu/scottb.