New recordings, Feb. 2022: solo, chamber, film music

Posted on: February 11, 2022

Violinist Jennifer Koh’s Alone Together has been released on Cedille Records; the recording features 39 world premieres of short new works donated by established composers and commissioned from young composers during the pandemic. Cantaloupe Music has released a recording of the chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound’s performances of Tyshawn Sorey’s For George Lewis and Autoschediasms. Douglas J. Cuomo’s Seven Limbs, written for and featuring guitarist Nels Cline and the Aizuri Quartet, has been released on Sunnywide Records. Siblings Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello) and Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano) are featured on Muse, a new recording of music by Barber and Rachmaninoff on the Decca label; the British duo have performances this season with multiple American orchestras. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Notes for the Future has been released on Sony Classical; musicians include Angélique Kidjo, Mashrou’ Leila, Tunde Olaniran, Jeremy Dutcher, Andrea Motis, ABAO, Lila Downs, and Marlon Williams. Soprano Renée Fleming has released Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene, a new album with Yannick Nézet-Séguin as pianist, on Decca Classics; included are new works by Kevin Puts, Nico Muhly, and Caroline Shaw, as well as music by Fauré, Grieg, Hahn, and Liszt. The Mercury KX label has released Jonny Greenwood’s original instrumental soundtrack to the 2021 film Spencer, which was directed by Pablo Larraín and starred Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana. Jake Shimabukuro—the Hawai’i-born ukulele player who performs frequently with orchestras— has released Jake & Friends, featuring collaborations with Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Loggins, Moon Taxi, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Jon Anderson, Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, Jack Johnson, and Billy Strings. British violinist Daniel Hope has released an album entitled America on Deutsche Grammophon; composers include Leonard Bernstein, Sam Cooke, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Florence Price, Samuel A. Ward, and Kurt Weill. Violinist Leonidas Kavakos has released Bach—Sei Solo, an album of J.S. Bach’s partitas and sonatas, on Sony Classical. Seattle-based violist and composer Melia Watras has released String Masks, featuring Watras’s String Masks and other Watras compositions, on Planet M Records. Pianist Ruth Slenczynska (born 1925, and the last living pupil of Sergei Rachmaninoff), has recorded My Life in Music, in which she performs work by Bach, Barber, Chopin, Debussy, Grieg, and Rachmaninoff, on the Decca Gold label. George Walker’s five piano sonatas are featured on a new Bridge Records release by pianist Steven Beck.