Recordings news, August 2019, part 1

Posted on: August 21, 2019

The ensemble Alarm Will Sound is featured on a new recording of Donacha Dennehy’s cantata The Hunger, conducted by Alan Pierson and featuring soprano Katherine Manley and traditional Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, to be released on August 23 on Nonesuch Records. New York’s Albany Symphony Orchestra and violinist Tessa Lark perform on a new recording of Michael Torke’s bluegrass-inspired violin concerto, Sky, led by David Alan Miller, on Albany Records. The same orchestra also appears on a new Naxos recording entitled Migrations, presenting three world premieres by Derek Bermel, with saxophonist Ted Nash, jazz vocalist Luciana Souza, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, and Bermel on clarinet. Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Boston Children’s Chorus, baritone John Brancy, and mezzo-soprano Krista River are featured on a new recording of Tobias Picker’s family opera Fantastic Mr. Fox on the BMOP/sound label, led by conductor Gil Rose. Also out from Boston Modern Orchestra Project: Michael Colgrass: Side by Side, with Colgrass’s orchestral works Letter from Mozart, Side by Side, and The Schubert Birds. Blaise Déjardin, principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Parker Quartet cellist Kee-Hyun Kim perform together on a recording of music by Mozart newly arranged for cello duo by Déjardin. The Buffalo Philharmonic has released Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Fabio Bidini and selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite—recorded during the BPO’s 2019 Florida tour and led by Music Director JoAnn Falletta—on the orchestra’s Beau Fleuve label. The Chicago Philharmonic and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour are featured on 20th Century Harpsichord Concertos, with the world premiere recording of Ned Rorem’s 1946 Concertino da Camera, plus concertos by Michael Nyman, Viktor Kalabis, and Walter Leigh on Cedille Records, led by Scott Speck. Brothers Demarre and Anthony McGill—principal flute of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, respectively—perform on Winged Creatures, a Cedille recording including new concertos by Michael Abels and Joel Puckett, with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has released Voyage, a recording commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing with music by Michael Giacchino, Gustav Holst, John Williams, Justin Hurwitz, David Newman, and others, led by Pops Conductor John Morris Russell. Music Director Semyon Bychkov leads the Czech Philharmonic and pianist Kirill Gerstein on The Tchaikovsky Project, seven discs of the composer’s complete symphonies and piano concertos, Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, Serenade for Strings, and Francesca da Rimini, to be released on August 30 on Decca. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 and 2019 performances of two works by Jimmy López Bellido—Symphony No. 1 and Bel Canto: A Symphonic Canvas—will be released on August 23 on the MSR Classics label, led by Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya. The Kronos Quartet’s recording of Terry Riley’s Sun Rings—scored for string quartet, chorus, and pre-recorded space sounds and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing—will be released on August 30 on the Nonesuch label.

Posted August 21, 2019