Friday, October 28, 2011

"Composing for the flute" by Michael Finegold

"Composing for the flute"
by Michael Finegold
Artistic Director of the Essex Chamber Music Players
Recording artist with Navona Records.

As a flutist who has performed and recorded new compositions for flute I would like to give some tips for composing for the flute and the flute family.

First we need a reference to concert pitch. I will identify middle c on the piano as c1. See the chart below.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Alexandra Ottaway session footage

Photographs taken at the October 21, 2011 recording session of Alexandra Ottaway's choral works Fever a la Madonna, Elegy, Things Fall Apart, and A July Night, performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers with Harold Rosenbaum. The complete gallery is after the bump.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 2011 Release Day

We are proud to announce the release of our October 2011 albums! CLAVIATURES, NALADA, SPREZZATURA, and UR SOME 1 are now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and many others. Click "Read more" for more info on each release.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"My Travels With PARMA Recordings: Part 1 - Rockport, Mass."

The following is an essay written by composer Alan Beeler after his April 2011 PARMA recording sessions at the Shalin Liu in Rockport MA.

My Travels With PARMA Recordings:
Part 1 - Rockport, Mass.

by Alan Beeler

After a long hiatus, I finally got up the nerve to travel to Boston for a two-day session of chamber music recordings. I had not been able to get to Moravia in early March for the recording of my 1st Symphony, so I was anxious to be involved in the recording process directly for the first time in over three years. I worried about my difficulty with walking which resulted from a broken hip a year ago, but, thanks to the wheel-chair service provided by the airline, I made it through both airports with no strain.

I got up just before 6 AM and had breakfast. I started just after 7 AM to drive to the Cincinnati Airport and arrived just after 9 AM. Having paid a big price for my ticket, I decided to use the wheelchair service and was glad I did. I had plenty of time so had a second breakfast at around 10 AM. I had a Denver omelet at Max & Irma’s. The plane was on time and I took my word search games to occupy the flight time. They gave us several snacks and a beverage, so I was all set until suppertime that evening. It took a while to disembark and get a ride to the baggage claim, so I asked the man who pushed me to call Renée Dupuis, who was picking me up, and let her know where I was. In addition to being the A&R Representative for PARMA Recordings who books all the players, Renée is a singer and very enthusiastic about all things musical, so our conversations both coming and going to the airport were great fun for me.

We arrived at 7 South Street Inn around mid-afternoon and met the owners. When I explained my difficulties with walking, they very kindly invited me to join them for an early supper. I took a short nap and was treated to a wonderful meal of roast pork, potatoes and asparagus. Both of them were wonderful cooks and we had some wonderful Tiramasu that was left over from a fancy banquet they hosted earlier that week. After dinner, I watched a little television and went to sleep early to be ready for the recording sessions the next morning, Thursday April 14th.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Marie Incontrera session footage

Photographs taken at the October 7, 2011 recording session of Marie Inctonrera's Limbic Breath, performed by the Boston String Quartet at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport MA. The complete gallery and session videos are after the bump.

Lewis Spratlan: Retelling a Mayan Memoir

In advance of Lewis Spratlan's new ARCHITECT project with Jenny Kallick and John Downey, we'd like to share this past article on Spratlan's In Memoriam, originally published in June 2009.

By Jeff LeRoy
Edited by Sean Joncas

Dust had settled on the Maya’s story, as sediment obscured many an ancient stone mask. Eleven centuries later, Lewis Spratlan puts pen to paper like ax to rock, and dedicates a career’s worth of expertise towards its unearthing.

Spratlan is a celebrated composer, conductor, and former professor at Amherst College. Though publicly he’s best recognized for his 2000 Pulitzer Prize win for the opera “Life is a Dream (Act II concert version)”, he admits his greatest dedication for 36 years has been his students. The Massachusetts-based composer’s works have been performed worldwide including London, Brussels, Milan and Moscow, not to mention numerous engagements across America. He has received awards and grants from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many others.

“In Memoriam” is Spratlan’s most “political piece” and may very well be his grandest. Scored for large orchestra, double chorus, and five soloists, the work captures images of the Spanish Conquest through Mayan eyes. Thus, much of the story lays in context of prophecy and prayer. Presented through Mayan Prophecy text, the poetry of Pablo Neruda and Cesar Vallejo, and the thunderous and dense sounds of an intricate orchestration, Spratlan’s vision of Mayan strength, bloodshed, and endurance seems rightfully told.

Click "Read more" for the interview...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

PARMA Recordings is proud to announce the launch of the PARMA Blog! On this page, we will post articles written by members of the PARMA team, as well as articles, critiques, and general musings by other members of the music community. Composers, performers, producers, and anybody else are welcome and encouraged to submit materials for consideration.

For more information, please contact blog [at] parmarecordings [dot] com