Three new releases coming March 8, 2019 – available now for pre-order:
Spring Forward: Music for Clarinet and String Quartet
Spring Forward, the delightful title work by Peter Schickele, is a gift to the composer/humorist’s many worldwide fans. This touching Suite represents a culmination of sorts “after a lifetime of entering sketches for such a piece into my notebooks,” Schickele writes in his entertaining program notes.
Richard Danielpour’s moving Clarinet Quintet, (“The Last Jew in Hamadan”) was composed
Aaron Jay Kernis’ intriguing Perpetual Chaconne reflects his fascination with the variety of approaches composers have used to develop and vary their ideas over the ages.
While Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) is one of America’s most important 20th-century poets, relatively few composers have set his lean, emotive and enigmatic verses.
Composer Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli, like Jeffers a Californian with deep ties to the Monterey-Carmel area, has met the challenge with his expansive song cycle Continent’s End. The work successfully captures nine poems in which Jeffers, in characteristic fashion, combined striking nature imagery with powerful metaphysical musings and depictions of humankind’s transitory, conflicted role in the planet’s future.
Continent’s End is vividly brought to life on this recording by two outstanding performers who call the Bay Area home — mezzo-soprano Buffy Baggott and pianist Kevin Korth.
A Tribute to Danny Granados
Clarinetist Danny Granados (1964-2018) was a remarkable musician as well as a passionate arts administrator. While serving as chief financial officer of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, he made this recording with the Fidelis String Quartet (all orchestra members) and friends. But the album was put on hold when Danny became ill with cancer. After he passed away last year, the recording’s remaining players resolved to release it as a memorial tribute to their dear friend and colleague.
Hence this very moving and attractive album of masterpieces by Johannes Brahms, Astor Piazzolla