Recordings news, January 2018

Posted on: January 8, 2018

Minnesota’s Bemidji Symphony Orchestra has released Handel’s Messiah, recorded live last April at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, led by Music Director Beverly Everett and featuring the Bemidji Chorale, Bemidji Choir, Park Rapids Classic Chorale, and vocal soloists. Kenneth Tompkins, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s principal trombone, has released his first solo recording together with pianist Zhihua Tang, entitled Sonatas, Songs, and Spirituals. The album includes music by William Grant Still, Barney Childs, and Stephen Andrew Taylor, and an album release party and concert is scheduled for January 9 at The Cube, in the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The Nashville Symphony’s new recording of music by Terry Riley has been released on the Naxos label. Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero leads the orchestra in The Palmian Chord Ryddle, with electric violinist Tracy Silverman as soloist, and At the Royal Majestic, with organist Todd Wilson as soloist. The San Francisco Symphony has released a recording of Schumann’s Symphonies Nos. 1-4, led by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and released on the orchestra’s SFS Media label. Thomas Dausgaard, who will become the Seattle Symphony’s music director in 2019, leads the orchestra in a new live recording of Carl Nielsen’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 on the Seattle Symphony Media label. The Seattle Symphony is also featured on East of the Sun & West of the Moon, a new Navona recording of Daniel Crozier’s Symphony No. 1, led by Music Director Ludovic Morlot; also on the album is Crozier’s Ballade (A Tale after the Brother Grimm) featuring the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra led by Stanislav Vavřínek. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s live May 2017 recording of the Berlioz Requiem, led by Music Director JoAnn Falletta, has been released on the Hampton Roads Classics label, with the Virginia Symphony Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and tenor soloist Robert McPherson.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine is featured on the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s new Avie recording of Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The Berlin Philharmonic has released The John Adams Edition, a multi-CD edition of Adams’s music conducted by Simon Rattle, Kirill Petrenko, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Dudamel, and the composer. The set includes four audio CDs and two Blu-ray Discs. The Nashville Opera is featured on Three Way, Robert Paterson’s trio of one-act operas written with librettist David Cote, released on the American Modern Recordings label. 

Posted January 8, 2018