PARMA Recordings has a striking amount of upcoming releases this month through our various labels Navona Records, Ravello Records, Big Round Records and Ansonica Records that will be available to you this Friday June 10th, 2016!
All the following releases are varieties of contemporary classical and jazz music. Please enjoy listening to the YouTube “Previews” below, until the entire albums are released. Be sure to follow PARMA’s Twitter and Facebook accounts for more music sneak peeks and news!
PARMA is pleased to present Ansonica Records' debut June 2016 release ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS. The ground-breaking album was recorded in Havana Cuba in November 2015 and showcases works for big band, small jazz combo, choir, and chamber ensembles, performed by current or former members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Buena Vista Social Club, Irakere, and many more. Rafaelmusicnotes.com praises the album as "a delicious undertaking." Read More
ABRAZO THE HAVANA SESSIONS
SCHUMANN | DVOŘÁK
He composed almost 50 years apart, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor (1895) and Schumann’s Cello Concerto (1850) are closely linked in the pantheon of Romantic concerto literature. Cellists of many generations have long looked at both of these pieces as essential components in their artistic development, and each has been recorded many times over by the titans of the instrument to showcase their technical mastery. Read More
Composer, author, and educator Fred Broer presents his String Quartet No. 8, as well as four colorful piano works, on his Navona release FRED BROER: MUSIC FOR STRING QUARTET AND PIANO SOLO. Broer’s adventurous String Quartet No. 8 is performed masterfully by the New England String Quartet and is dedicated to the memory of his good friend Hilda Ayer. The first movement “Impetuous” is characterized by a duality of character, with a capricious theme. Read More
The clichéd trope of the isolated artist toiling over their work in a virtual vacuum, alone and against the trends of the day, is not a new one. But in the case of Paula Diehl, it is as true as it comes. It isn’t an easy task to be a composer, a job which (to paraphrase Aaron Copland) holds few material rewards, and often even fewer good notices in the paper the next morning. Read More
Composer Dan Redfeld presents A HOPEFUL PLACE: A SONG CYCLE FOR SOPRANO & CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, his debut release on Navona records showcasing his nine-movement song cycle of the same name. A Hopeful Place follows a woman’s journey through life from birth to death—a life-cycle-song-cycle, as librettist John Gabriel Koladziej describes the piece. Read More
TWENTIETH CENTURY DUOS
Yuriy Bekker, violinist on Navona Records release TWENTIETH CENTURY DUOS, is joined by renowned pianist Andrew Armstrong in some of the most beautiful and rarely-performed works of the twentieth century by Jewish composers Erich Korngold and Aaron Copland. Read More
Leslie Odom’s debut solo Ravello Records album, SCENE RUSTIQUE, introduces previously unrecorded solo works for oboe by five female composers of the twentieth century. The pieces range from light, vernacular-inspired dance pieces to neo-classical and neo-romantic works. Read More
GOIN' HOME... A RETROSPECTIVE
GOIN’ HOME… A RETROSPECTIVE is pianist and composer Gay Pearson’s second release on Big Round Records. The album is a live recording of her most recent annual chamber-jazz concert, featuring an eclectic ensemble with Gay Pearson on piano, John Lockwood on bass, Phil McGowan on drums, Tracy McMullen on saxophone, Lea Pearson on flute, and Shannon Allen on cello. Read More