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Celius Dougherty's inventive folk song arrangements and original songs have been heard on classical voice concert programs around the world for nearly a century. Tod Fitzpatrick brings you a wonderful selection of these songs for your very own personal recital. Joined by pianist Alan Smith, hear these beautiful renditions masterfully performed in this intimate setting. Not to miss are the duets with soprano Marie Jette. From the whimsical to the sublime, this is a recording you will treasure for generations!

 

Tod Fitzpatrick - Traditional American Folk Songs

Tod Fitzpatrick
Traditional American Folk Songs

Pianist Jonathan Biss continues his nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of all of Beethoven's piano sonatas. In addition to the monumental"Hammerklavier" sonata, the album includes Op. 14, No. 1 and Op. 27, No. 1. As a performer who also teaches and writes about Beethoven, Jonathan has decided to approach the full cycle thematically rather than chronologically, for which decision he has been praised, in addition to the praise that he has received for his sharp technique and deep sincerity. Starting with Volume 4, Jonathan began collaborating with DFTBA (founded by John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars, and his brother and video blog collaborator, Hank Green) and Meyer Media (founded by producer Andreas Meyer). These partnerships provide a flexible platform to integrate Jonathan's varied recording, writing, and teaching activities, most of which revolve around sharing his passion for Beethoven with as many people as possible.

 

Jonathan Biss - Vol. 6

Jonathan Biss
Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6

Kevin Robert Orr joins forces with Maestro En Shao and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra to record Samuel Barber's Pulitzer Prize winning Piano Concerto.  Included on this recording is Barber's PianoSonata, as well as his Nocturne and Ballade.  Beautifully performed, this fresh interpretation will quickly become your favorite recording of all time!


 
 

Kebin Orr - Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto and Solo Works

Kevin Robert Orr
Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto and Solo Works

DuoSolo brings you an exciting collection of music from American composer Forrest Pierce.  Forrest composes music steeped in religious mysticism and contemporary virtuosity. Sincere, often triadic, and blatantly tuneful, it draws on both non-western and rock-era traditions to depict an authentic world of sacred unity and natural beauty.  Flutist Mary Fukushima and pianist Michael Kirkendoll of DuoSolo beautifully bring these emotions, colors and characters to life in their amazing performances recorded here for the first time.

 

Bison Circles

DuoSolo
Bison Circles

Jonathan Biss continues his nine disc Beethoven Sonata cycle by presenting  Volume 5, with a most unique perspective:  "20 years, and an entire cosmos, separate the sonatas that bookend this recording. The evolution that takes place within Beethoven between the C  Major Sonata, Opus2 Number 3, and the A Major, Opus 101, is monumental, almost impossible to overstate:  I struggle to think of an artist — not Picasso, not Schoenberg, not Joyce — who changed so profoundly over the course of a working life.  But what was the change, really?"  Join in the answers Jonathan provides is this beautifully recorded performance.

 

Excursion

Jonathan Biss
Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5

"The online Beethoven course given by pianist and Curtis Institute professor Jonathan Biss last fall was remarkable for all the things it wasn't. In an age of impatience and distraction, it was a slow, deep immersion." -The Philadelphia Inquirer

Biss has undertaken a nine-year, nine-disc recording project of the entire Beethoven sonata cycle. The fourth volume of sonatas, including Op. 2, no. 1, the first Beethoven sonata; Op. 10, no. 2; Op. 49, no. 1, and Op. 57, the "Appassionata," will be released on January 27, 2015. This recording brings Biss together with DFTBA (founded by John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars, and his brother and video blog collaborator Hank Green) and Meyer Media (founded by producer Andreas Meyer). The new partnership provides a flexible platform to integrate Biss' varied recording, writing and teaching activities.

Biss' exceptional online course, Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, will relaunch on January 5, 2015 on Coursera in a new format, allowing students to watch all the video lessons at once or progress at their own pace. As part of the massive open online course (MOOC) experience, they will be able to explore music through a fresh presentation of quizzes, supplementary materials, and a global online conversation in forums. 

A second part of the course on additional sonatas will launch in Spring 2015. Filmed at the Curtis Institute of Music, where Biss is a member of the piano faculty, the online lectures will eventually include all of the sonatas and are designed to help both musical novices and experts understand Beethoven’s piano music.

For further details on upcoming performances with venue links check out Jonathan's calendar!

 

Excursion

Jonathan Biss
Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4

Mélomanie, the five-piece chamber ensemble known for provocative pairings of early and contemporary works, celebrates its 21st anniversary with the release of their new CD "Excursions". Listen to this one of a kind ensemble blend the colors of traditional baroque instruments with modern compositions written just for them. Five composers expand their pallet of opportunity with Mélomanie's unique, timeless sound. Explore the world of old, with the sounds of the new!

 

Excursion

Mélomanie
Excursions

Organist Gail Archer brings her spring 2013 five-concert series to a close by recording “The Muses Voice”, A Celebration of International Women Composers. Recorded in beginning of winter at New York City’s historical Central Synagogue, Gail brings an intimate perspective on these modern compositions by Women composers. Featured from her touring repertoire are select works by Nadia Boulanger, "Te Deum" by Jeanne Demessieux, "Ceremonies Suite" by Jennifer Higdon, and tour de force "The Everlasting Crown" by Judith Bingham. This wonderful performance was beautifully voiced on the Gabe M. Wiener Memorial Organ and should be enjoyed for generations. Come celebrate this wonderful music with Gail by ordering your copy today.

 

The Muse's Voice

Gail Archer
The Muse's Voice

Relâche brings you to a new level of comedic relief with a twist! “COMIX TRIPS”, titled after Paul Lansky’s multi movement masterpiece, contains new commissions from three of America’s most exciting, living composers today. Randall Woolf  brings us a dog of a show with “Canine State of Mind”, making us wonder, who is walking who. “Waiting in the Tall Grass” is Galen Brown’s masterful work of rhythmic wonder and blending of color. Then just to sprinkle in another chuckle or two (or three!), Relâche includes fresh arrangements by Darin Kelly of Raymond Scott’s most memorable, looney tunes. Bring your smile and get ready to laugh with your copy today!

 

Comix Trips

Relâche
Comix Trips

Gail Archer celebrates Franz Liszt's 200th birthday with an incredible recording of organ works and transcriptions. Enjoy your copy today!

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Gail Archer
Franz Liszt ''A Hungarian Rhapsody'' Organ Works & Transcriptions

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The Realm of Possibilityis inspired by relatively recent concepts of chaos theory as well as more established ideas from physics, some over a century old and still breathtaking. The work is partly a reflection on the notion that, in a chaotic system, multiple outcomes can arise from identical initial conditions. The opening Outburst -- heard repeatedly at the outset and occasionally throughout -- contains elements, forced together as if under compression, from which the further ten sections spring. This unfolding process may also suggest the expansion of the initial singularity that contained all the matter, forces, and possibilities of the universe to come. Of course, in the end it's all music, itself a possibility contained in those initial conditions. Evidently, even the most intimate human expression was inherent in that unimaginable original violence of creation.

After Duchampis written so as to be playable on harpsichord or piano, to entirely different effect. This collection of ten pieces takes its cue from Marcel Duchamp's motto:
I force myself to contradict myself so as not to follow my own taste. I have accordingly poked at some of my own artistic principles and aesthetics to extend my range and to challenge the listener, not through shocking sounds but through rhetorical provocation or formal eccentricity. Paradoxically, the breaching of some of these inhibitions allows for some traditional practices I don't usually permit myself, including miniature forms, programmatic association, over sentiment, multiple repetition and quotation.

 

Mark Hagerty
The Realm of Possibility
After Duchamp
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"The finest Tosca of her generation!", hailed critics. Marie Hadley Robinson gives the performance of her life in this recording of Art Songs and Spirituals. From childhood through her professional career, this music has spoken to and through Marie in a most personal manner. Now she enlightens us with this amazing recording of music originally created and arranged by African American woman composers. In this CD we hear music from Nadine Shanti, Lena McLin, Betty Jackson King, Margaret Bonds, Florence Beatrice Price, and Undine Smith Moore. An incredible collection, master fully recorded, get your copy today!

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Marie Hadley Robinson
Come Down Angels

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Coming directly out of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project , China Magpie brings you to your happy place with ancient Chinese culture mixed with a modern musical experience. With no musical boundaries, the ensemble's unique repertoire presents a unique mix of traditional Chinese music and different styles of western music from classical to rock. China Magpie's strong belief in fresh and edgy interpretations of traditional Chinese music coupled with each member's virtuoso technique and rare instrumentation, makes them one of the most creative and promising ensembles on the world stage today. Find your Magpie today!

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China Magpie
China Magpie

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Melomanie blossoms forth with their debut CD ''Florescence''. This compilation includes works from award winning composers, all commissioned for the unique sounds Melomanie pallet. Performing on traditional instruments, composers get to explore colors not heard from current modern ensembles. Through collaboration with Melomanie their compositions bring forth an experience of excitement and truly ''something new''. Meyer Media is proud to offer this exquisite recording to you. Masterfully performed, intimately recorded, order your copy today.

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Melomanie
Florescence

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Award winning composer Mark Hagerty makes a FORAYS into your senses with his latest release. Let yourself explore just how far he can take you on this journey of new music and sound sculpture! "High Octane" starts your listening journey in full throttle! Commissioned by Philadelphia based new music ensemble Relâche . This performance will drive you to the edge of your seat! "Creation Myth" will place you in disbelief that this is a solo performance commissioned by world-renowned percussionist Chen Zimbalista . "Sea Level" lets us ride the waves of beautiful melody and rhythm. A contemplative performance by Kim Reighley , we swim in the warmth of the developing Ritornello motif as inspired by the plains and ocean shore of the Netherlands. "Forays" may begin with the comforts of tenor voice cello and soft percussion, but Mark has something very special to present to you. Comfort soon becomes question, 'did I hear correctly'? Once you realize what kind of ride you are in for it is too late! Strap in and enjoy the adrenalin rush Ovidiu and Chris have in store for you.

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Mark Hagerty
Forays

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''Somehow late-Renaissance and Baroque music led to the Rococo and early classical styles. But what if the thorniness of Frescobaldi, the decadence of Forqueray, the deep sentiment of the Elizabethan virginalists, and the mighty complexity of Buxtehude - setting aside the infinitude of Bach - had continued to develop toward more harmonic and formal freedom and increasingly complex expression?''

Award winning composer Mark Hagerty explores this expression with his debut double CD ''Soliloquy''. Within these recordings we find Clavier Book Nos. 1, 2, & 3, all written for harpsichord. Masterfully performed by keyboardist Tracy Richardson, she alternates from a Northern European Double, to a French Double. Cellist Douglas McNames brings us Suite No.2, and rightfully dedicated to him. Written just after returning from Holland, the traveler inspirations are brought home in this beautiful work. The richness these musicians bring to Mark''s compositions is fully realized with high resolution recording techniques. Masterfully performed, exquisitely recorded, Mark Hagerty's ''Soliloquy'' will speak to you.

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Mark Hagerty
Soliloquy

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"Within four bars, I recognize that a formidable, seasoned artist is at work.two minutes into the sonata's first movement and I'm hooked by Kevin Robert Orr's huge sound, pliable command of Brahms's thick writing, bracing sense of rhythm, and generous phrasing. leaves the heart elated at the artistry on show." Gramophone (UK)

Kevin Robert Orr continues his passion with the new recording of Brahms Sonata Nos 1 & 2. Experience his continuing artistry, bringing a fresh personal perspective to these Sonata’s. Once again, Kevin lifts our hearts with elation.

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Kevin Robert Orr
Brahms

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THE PLANETS by Kyle Gann. This third release by Relache with Meyer Media is sure to have you blasting off into the solar system with amazement! This magnum Opus of Kyle's finally comes to realization for the first time in the complete full CD recording. Explore the warmth of the Sun, the violence of Mars, the beauty of Venus, and then meditate on Neptune. Picking up where Holst left off, we go deeper into space, and the human psyche. Our solar system is a delicate balance of light and dark, gravitational pulls and energies, the feminine and masculine. All that life has to offer from birth to death and beyond, THE PLANETS will enlighten your soul with perspective and depth rarely experienced. Brilliantly performed and beautifully recorded, come explore your world today.

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Relâche
The Planets

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"The Transcendent Genius", so named after the celebration concert series Gail performs through 2010 in honor of Bach's 325th, has been beautifully captured on the Paul Fritts Organ at Vassar College. Being hailed as one of the great organists of our time, Ms. Archer brings her mastery to us by transcending the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach through her interpritation. The Great Eighteen represent some of the most cherished chorale melodies in musical time, and it is through Gail's performance we realize just how deep they touch our soul. Join in our celebration with Gail and order your copy today.

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Gail Archer
The Transcendent Genius

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Dr. Kristen Stoner introduces you to the flute as you never before experienced. Sensual colors with unfailing technique, modern bravado meets personal reflection. In this debut CD Kristen brings you Images of life to reflect and remember.

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Kristen Stoner
Images for Solo Flute

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Gail Archer - The power of American composers fully realized in the latest recording by organist Gail Archer. Caution, this CD contains extreme dynamics!

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Gail Archer
An American Idyll

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Philadelphia's most proclaimed new music ensemble brings you an adventure that is life changing. From the opening high of ''Eight Point Turn'', exploring the depths of your soul with ''Creamer Etudes'', or finding the limits of sanity with ''Pleiades'', there are more turns to explore than you have ever dreamed. Join them for a listen.

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Relâche
8 Point Turn

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Jennifer Margaret Barker - CD of five chamber and solo compositions, with a bonus DVD including four music videos and an interview. Performers include pianist Kevin Robert Orr, baritone Tod Fitzpatrick, flautist Laurie Baefsky, soprano Martha Elliott, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Baltimore Symphony, University of Delaware faculty and British ballerina Rebecca Clarke.

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Jennifer Margaret Barker
Geenyoch

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Relâche at their most exciting! "Press Play" takes you from the overdrive of Mark Hagerty's "High Octane", to emotional retrospective in Cynthia Folio's "When the Spirit Catches You…". Only to catch you tapping your toes and singing along with Guy Klucevsek's dance repertoire in "Wing/Prayer" with Eastern European flare. This CD contains an enhanced section of content viewable from your computer. (CD Cover by Bryan Coppede)

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Relâche
Press Play

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Kevin Robert Orr - The audience seemed to have held their breath soon after the first note. He didn't play with his fingers, but with the whole of his heart and soul.

Let Kevin hold your breath with his new solo CD. Exquisitely performed, phenomenally captured. Visit Kevin for samples and to get your copy today!

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Kevin Robert Orr
Solo CD

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Gail Archer - When music transcends art, life, and spirit, we are experiencing a “mystic in the making”. Have this experience with Gail Archer performing Olivier Messiaen’s L'Ascension and Les Corps Glorieux. Sublimely performed and exquisitely recorded at Saint Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University.

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Gail Archer
A Mystic in the Making

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Natalie Zhu - New York Times "a pianist with wonderful technique and musical instincts who evidently has never heard a piano tone she could not make more beautiful." Experience this beauty only Natalie can provide from her solo debut recording.

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Natalie Zhu
Images

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Paul Richards - Paul Richards collaborates with the "Strung Out Trio" and others to bring you a "Rush Hour" of Gypsies, Octopus, and Lobsters! Don't miss the creativity of this wonderfully colorful composer.

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Paul Richards
Fables, Forms & Fears

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