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Chamber music of John Allemeier: Deep Water - The Murder Ballads / Erinn Frechette, flute; Jenny Topilow, violin, Mira Frisch, cello, Michael Hackett, trumpet
Chamber music of John Allemeier: Deep Water - The Murder Ballads / Erinn Frechette, flute; Jenny Topilow, violin, Mira Frisch, cello, Michael Hackett, trumpet

1 CD / Albany Records / 2014-05-13

Conductors: ; Smith, Shawn
Ensemble: ; Madison Park String Quartet

The three pieces on this compact disc are the results of a collaborative effort between composer John Allemeier and dancer/choreographer E.E. Balcos, who together created...continue...
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ALB 1488
Virgil Thomson: The Mother of Us All, opera / Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater
Virgil Thomson: The Mother of Us All, opera / Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater

2 CD / Albany Records / 2014-04-08

Works: Virgil Thomson: The Mother of Us All, opera; The Mother of Us All, suite from the opera for orchestra
Performers: Berry, Amelia; Borowiec, Kasia [Vocals]; Braunstein, Rachael [Vocals]; Broom, Kendra [Vocals]; Callison, John [Vocals]; Curtis, Chanae [Vocals]; Devlin, Noragh [Vocals]; Frankel, Alexander [Vocals]; ...
Conductors: Osgood, Steven
Ensemble: ; Manhattan School of Music Opera Orchestra

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This performance was recorded live in 2013. Steven Osgood conducts with the flair that one would hope for, in a work like this....continue...
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George Walker: Violin Sonata no 2; Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 5 / Greg Walker, violin; George Walker, piano
George Walker: Violin Sonata no 2; Beethoven: Piano Concerto no 5 / Greg Walker, violin; George Walker, piano

1 CD / Albany Records / 2014-03-11

Works: George Walker: Sonata for violin & piano no 2; Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
Performers: Walker, George; Walker, Gregory
Conductors: London, Edwin
Ensemble: ; Smith-Amherst Orchestra

Albany Records continues its series of recordings devoted to the artistry of esteemed composer and pianist George Walker. This recording includes Walker performing Beethoven's Fifth...continue...
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ALB 1478
Robert Xavier Rodriguez (b.1946): De Rerum Natura; Mozart: Impresario overture; Violin Concerto no 5 / Chloé Trevor, violin
Robert Xavier Rodriguez (b.1946): De Rerum Natura; Mozart: Impresario overture; Violin Concerto no 5 / Chloé Trevor, violin

1 CD / Albany Records / 2014-03-11

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Impressario, K. 486; Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish"; Robert X. Rodriguez: De Rerum Natura, for violin & cello
Performers: Schlaffer, Oliver; Trevor, Chloe
Conductors: Rodriguez, Robert X.
Ensemble: ; Musica Nova Orchestra

This recording, which includes the world premiere of Robert Xavier Rodriguez's De Rerum Natura, comes from a live performance inaugurating the new Edith O'Donnell Arts...continue...
Recording information: Edith O'Donnel Arts & Technology Building, University o (11/09/2013)....continue...
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Floodsongs - Contemporary American music by Marshall Ingram, Anne LeBaron, Meredith Monk et al. / Solaris Vocal Ens.
Floodsongs - Contemporary American music by Marshall Ingram, Anne LeBaron, Meredith Monk et al. / Solaris Vocal Ens.

1 CD / Albany Records / 2014-02-11

Works: Ingram Marshall: Hackney Tune ("Give Ear, O God"), for chorus; Anne LeBaron: Floodsongs, for chorus & electronics; Frances White: Far, still, for chorus & cello; Meredith Monk: Wedding March, for cho...
Performers: Choi, Hyunju; Myklebust, Sonja
Conductors: Wyers, Giselle
Ensemble: ; Solaris Vocal Ensemble

Led by conductor Giselle Wyers, the Solaris Vocal Ensemble performs a program of contemporary American music that includes works by Meredith Monk, the 2012 Musical...continue...
Recording information: Bastyr University Chapel, Kenmore, Washington (04/2012)....continue...
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Florencio Asenjo (b.1926): El Gran Teatro del Mundo; Birth of Venus et al. / Bohuslav Martinu PO
Florencio Asenjo (b.1926): El Gran Teatro del Mundo; Birth of Venus et al. / Bohuslav Martinu PO

1 CD / Albany Records / 2014-02-11

Works: Florencio Asenjo: Birth of Venus, for orchestra; Gleanings from Lafcadio Hearn's World, for orchestra; El Gran Teatro del Mundo, for orchestra
Conductors: Trevor, Kirk
Ensemble: ; Bahuslav Martinu Philharmonic

Florencio Asenjo's music is inspired by literature and the visual arts as these three works so aptly show. El Gran Teatro del Mundo (The Great...continue...
Recording information: Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Hall (05/03/2013-05/06/2013)....continue...
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Embrace the Wind - works by Justin Rubin, Marilyn Bliss, Randall Snyder, Ray Friendly, Randal Snyder, John Heins et al. / James Pellerite, native American flute
Embrace the Wind - works by Justin Rubin, Marilyn Bliss, Randall Snyder, Ray Friendly, Randal Snyder, John Heins et al. / James Pellerite, native American flute

1 CD / Albany Records / 2014-01-14

Works: Justin Rubin: Lone Figures Floating, for female voices & Native American flute; Marilyn Bliss: Spirit Dance, for Native American flute & maracas; Blue Dawn, for Native American flute & cello; Randall...
Performers: Blume, Brian; Buras, Christine; Copeland, Mason [Tenor (Vocals)]; Francois, Andrew [Viola]; McLennan, Lindsey; Moratz, Karen; Morris, Julian; Patrick, Rachel; Pellerite, James J.; Rader, Andrew; Russ...
Conductors: Diorio, Dominick

Captivated by the sound of the native American flute, virtuoso flutist James Pellerite has virtually single-handedly reinvented the playing of the instrument by commissioning dozens...continue...
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ALB 1465
Gregg Smith (b.1931): Music for an Urban Church / Thomas Schmidt, organ
Gregg Smith (b.1931): Music for an Urban Church / Thomas Schmidt, organ

1 CD / Albany Records / 2014-01-14

Works: Gregg Smith: Jazz Mass for Saint Peter's, for chorus & ensemble; Dedication Theme & Variations on "Our Father by whose servants our house was built of old", for sopr; Drake (Lord, You Give the Great ...
Performers: Benz, Larry [Trombone]; Cridge, Denise; Deaver, Susan; Gifford, Bruce [Tenor (Vocal)]; Goeke, Matt; Hane, Daniel [Bassoon]; Jones, Gordon [Baritone]; Levanson, Michael [Percussion]; Orcutt, Eugene [T...
Conductors: Smith, Gregg; Schmidt, Thomas; Stewart, Eric
Ensemble: ; Gregg Smith Singers; Long Island Symphonic Choral Association; Saint Peter's Choir

The association of composer/conductor Gregg Smith, the Gregg Smith Singers and Saint Peter's Church in New York City dates back to 1970. Smith wrote works...continue...
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ALB 1463
The Earth & I: New American Choral Music / Washington Master Chorale
The Earth & I: New American Choral Music / Washington Master Chorale

1 CD / Albany Records / 2013-12-10

Works: Lori Laitman: The Earth and I, for chorus; Patricia Plude: October, for female chorus & piano; Stephen Chatman: Nature Songs 1, for chorus; Nature Songs, no 2; Norman Dinerstein: Frogs; Samuel Barber...
Performers: Broadbent, Amy [Soprano (Vocal)]; Clopton, Kacy [Cello]; Drewes, Noelle [Oboe]; Michels, Shauna Kreidler [Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)]; Vogel, Mark
Conductors: Colohan, Thomas
Ensemble: ; Washington Master Chorale

The second half of the 20th-century saw a great blossoming of choral singing in America, from the emergence of the great choral singing schools to...continue...
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ALB 1454
George Walker (b.1922): Mass; Psalms 117 & 96; Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / George Walker, piano; Baltimore SO, Comissiona
George Walker (b.1922): Mass; Psalms 117 & 96; Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 / George Walker, piano; Baltimore SO, Comissiona

1 CD / Albany Records / 2013-11-12

Works: George Walker: Mass for soloists, chorus & orchestra; Psalm 117; Psalm 96; Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Performers: Brown, William; Lind-Oquendo, Abraham [Baritone (Vocal)]; Lindsay, Claudia [Soprano (Vocal)]; Walker, George
Conductors: Comissiona, Sergiu; Carter, Nathan; Hanson, Howard

A major historical recording featuring George Walker as composer, with the 1977 recording of his Mass by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergiu Comissiona...continue...
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Barbara White: Weakness, an opera / Sarah Davis, soprano; Riley Lee, bamboo flute; Barbara White, clarinets
Barbara White: Weakness, an opera / Sarah Davis, soprano; Riley Lee, bamboo flute; Barbara White, clarinets

1 CD / Albany Records / 2013-10-08

Works: Barbara White: Weakness, opera; Tom Cowan: Macha, a story
Performers: Brigaud, Millicent Kate [Percussion]; Carlucci, Lisa [Percussion]; Clotfelter, Kristin [Percussion]; Cowan, Tom; d'Argent, Aurore Bruyere [Vocals]; Davis, Paul; Davis, Sarah; Donato, Dominic; Knodel,...
Conductors: Pratt, Michael

Weakness, an opera by Barbara White, is based on an old Celtic story known as "The Curse of Macha." White was inspired to use this...continue...
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Andrew Rindfleisch (b.1963): Opening Veins; David Felder: Dionysiacs / Jean Kopperud, clarinet; Mario Caroli, flute
Andrew Rindfleisch (b.1963): Opening Veins; David Felder: Dionysiacs / Jean Kopperud, clarinet; Mario Caroli, flute

1 CD / Albany Records / 2013-08-13

Works: Andrew Rindfleisch: Opening Veins, for orchestra; What Vibes!, for clarinet & orchestra; David Felder: Dionysiacs, for flute choir; Inner Sky, for flute, chamber orchestra & computer
Performers: Caroli, Mario; Chastain, Kathleen; Clarke, Derek [Flute]; Hoffman, Cheryl Gobbetti; Kopperud, Jean; Scirri, Sabatino [Flute]; Teyssier, Alice [Flute]; Thompson, Anne
Conductors: Rindfleisch, Andrew; Avery, James; Lubman, Bradley
Ensemble: ; Gli Altri; Slee Sinfonietta

The music by David Felder and Andrew Rindfleisch on this disc couldn't be more different in concept or atmosphere. What these artful composers share is...continue...
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George Walker: Great American Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Sinfonia no 4; Antifonys for Strings; Lilacs for voice & Orch. / Albert Lee, tenor
George Walker: Great American Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Sinfonia no 4; Antifonys for Strings; Lilacs for voice & Orch. / Albert Lee, tenor

1 CD / Albany Records / 2013-08-13

Works: George Walker: Sinfonia no 4 ("Strands"); Antifonys, for chamber orchestra; Lilacs, for voice & orchestra; Movements (3), for cello & orchestra
Performers: Kouzov, Dmitry; Lee, Albert [Tenor (Vocal)]
Conductors: Hobson, Ian [Piano]
Ensemble: ; Sinfonia da Camera; Sinfonia Varsovia

Born in 1922, George Walker is an acknowledged American master whose orchestral works have been played by every major American orchestra. He is the recipient...continue...
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Choral music of David Ashley White (b.1944): As You Set Out for Ithaka / Melaine Sonnenberg, mz; Timothy Hester, piano; Timothy Jones, bass
Choral music of David Ashley White (b.1944): As You Set Out for Ithaka / Melaine Sonnenberg, mz; Timothy Hester, piano; Timothy Jones, bass

1 CD / Albany Records / 2013-06-11

Works: David Ashley White: Two Choral Sketches; Homages, for voice, viola & piano; Five Glimpses for piano; Fear no more the heat o' th' sun, for chorus & piano; This Bitterly Beautiful Land, for clarinet, ...
Performers: Brooks, Wayne; Hester, Timothy; Jones, Carly [Clarinet]; Jones, Timothy; Porfiris, Rita; Robinson, Daryl; Sonnenberg, Melanie; Tomfohrde, Ruth; Weems, Nancy; Wylie, Karen [Sax (Alto)]
Conductors: Weber, Betsy Cook
Ensemble: ; Moores School Concert Chorale

David Ashley White's secular and sacred compositions are widely performed and published and he has received numerous commissions. Recordings of his music appear on the...continue...
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ALB 1419
David Felder (b.1953): Inner Sky; Canzonne XXXI; Rare Air et al. / Jean Kopperud, clarinet; Stephen Gosling, piano [Blu-ray audio]
David Felder (b.1953): Inner Sky; Canzonne XXXI; Rare Air et al. / Jean Kopperud, clarinet; Stephen Gosling, piano [Blu-ray audio]

2 CD / Albany Records / 2013-06-11

Works: David Felder: Rare Air; Tweener, for percussion & chamber orchestra; Canzone XXXI; Requiescat, for guitar & chamber orchestra; Inner Sky, for flute, chamber orchestra & computer; Rocket Summer, for p...
Performers: Andersson, Magnus; Bidlak, Rick; Caroli, Mario; Charke, Derek; Chastain, Kathleen; Daniels, Jim; Gosling, Stephen; Herrington, Ben; Hoffman, Cheryl Gobbetti; Kim-Boyle, David; Kolor, Tom; Kopperud, J...
Conductors: Baker, James; Lubman, Bradley; Mårtensson, Magnus; Avery, James
Ensemble: ; June in Buffalo Festival Orchestra; Slee Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra
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David Patterson: Loon's Tail Flashing - Chamber Music / A. Hern Baumgartner and Charles Peltz
David Patterson: Loon's Tail Flashing - Chamber Music / A. Hern Baumgartner and Charles Peltz

1 CD / Albany Records / 2013-05-14

Works: David Patterson: In memoriam Messiaen, for wind ensemble; Spin (Taken in Uncle Purple's Little Car), for flute & harp; Chiquis, for Native American flute; Ojibwa Oh, for Native American flute; Beaver...
Performers: Ambrose, Pamela [Cello]; Kim, Chaerin [Harp]; Lafoya, John [Percussion]; McFarland, Timothy; Patterson, David; Pellerite, James; Rosinski, Jessi
Conductors: Peltz, Charles; ; Baumgartner, Andreas Hérm
Ensemble: ; Boston Camerata; New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble

Composer David Patterson is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholars Award and the Chancellor's...continue...
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Moross: Frankie & Johnny; Biguine; Flute Concerto; A Tall Story for Orchestra / Alexa Still, flute; JoAnn Falletta
Moross: Frankie & Johnny; Biguine; Flute Concerto; A Tall Story for Orchestra / Alexa Still, flute; JoAnn Falletta

1 CD / Albany Records / 2013-03-12

Works: Jerome Moross: Frankie and Johnny, ballet; Biguine, for orchestra; A Tall Story for orchestra; Concerto for flute & string orchestra
Performers: Allen, Ursula; Still, Alexa; Thomson, Wendy [Vocals]; Winfield, Amanda
Conductors: Falletta, JoAnn
Ensemble: ; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

2013 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jerome Moross, an American original. Best known for his outstanding motion picture scores, he considered himself...continue...
Recording information: Symphony House, Wellington, New Zealand (01/1996)....continue...
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Jerome Moross: Symphony No. 1; The Last Judgement; Waltz Variations / JoAnn Falletta, London SO
Jerome Moross: Symphony No. 1; The Last Judgement; Waltz Variations / JoAnn Falletta, London SO

1 CD / Albany Records / 2013-02-12

Works: Jerome Moross: Symphony no 1; The Last Judgement; Variations on a Waltz, for orchestra
Conductors: Falletta, JoAnn
Ensemble: ; London Symphony Orchestra

Jerome Moross (1913-1983) was in the vanguard of composers who realized that there was a music of America, and for America written by Americans. This...continue...
Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London (03/01/1993-03/02/1993)....continue...
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Laura Schwendinger: Three Works - Esprimere for cello & Orch.; Chiaroscuro Azzurro for Violin and CO; Waking Dream for Flute & CO / Haimovitz, Macomber, Jennings
Laura Schwendinger: Three Works - Esprimere for cello & Orch.; Chiaroscuro Azzurro for Violin and CO; Waking Dream for Flute & CO / Haimovitz, Macomber, Jennings

1 CD / Albany Records / 2012-12-11

Works: Laura Elise Schwendinger: Esprimere, for cello & orchestra; Chiaroscuro Azzurro, for violin & chamber orchestra; Waking Dream, for flute & chamber orchestra
Performers: Haimovitz, Matt; Jennings, Christina; Macomber, Curtis
Conductors: Paiement, Nicole A.; Smith, James
Ensemble: ; Madison Sinfonietta; University of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Three works for solo instruments and orchestra by Laura Schwendinger are presented in world premiere recordings. Esprimere for cello and orchestra was written in 2007...continue...
Recording information: Mills Hall, University of Wisconsin School of Music, Ma (2009-11-12&2009-11-26_2009-)....continue...

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Lowell Liebermann: Revelry / Grant Llewellyn, BBC Symphony Orchestra
Lowell Liebermann: Revelry / Grant Llewellyn, BBC Symphony Orchestra

1 CD / Albany Records / 2012-11-13

Works: Lowell Liebermann: Concerto for Orchestra; Variations on a theme by Mozart for 2 pianos, Op. 42; Nocturne, for orchestra; Revelry, for orchestra
Conductors: Llewellyn, Grant
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

It is a mistake to generalize about the music of a composer with an oeuvre as broad as Lowell Liebermann's - and not only because...continue...
Recording information: BBC Maida Vale Studios, Studio 1....continue...
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Bernard Hoffer:
Bernard Hoffer: "Cosmic" Trio; Five Anecdotes; Concerto di Camera II / Albert Regni, saxophone; Jan Juller-Szeraws, cello

1 CD / Albany Records / 2012-10-09

Works: Bernard Hoffer: Cosmic, for violin, cello & piano; Five Anecdotes, for saxophone & string trio; Concerto di camera no 2 for cello & chamber ensemble
Performers: Bobo, Ann; Burleson, Geoffrey; Keyes, Bayla; Kirkley, William; Ling, Teresa; Muller-Szeraws, Jan; Regni, Al; Schulz, Robert; Tapping, Roger
Conductors: Pittman, Richard
Ensemble: ; Boston Musica Viva

Members of the renowned Boston Musica Viva perform three works by Bernard Hoffer, including a work commissioned by them - Concerto di Camera - that...continue...
Recording information: Fraser Performance Studio, WGBH, Boston....continue...
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Music of Florencio Asenjo
Music of Florencio Asenjo "Glimpses" / Bulgarian Philharmonic, Mario Filipov, Kirk Trevor

1 CD / Albany Records / 2012-10-09

Works: Florencio Asenjo: A Diptych of Lord Dunsany's Tales, for orchestra; Concerto for orchestra; Glimpses at Borges Universe, impressions (3) for violin & orchestra
Performers: Filipov, Mario
Conductors: Trevor, Kirk
Ensemble: ; Bulgarian Philharmonia

Argentinian-American composer Florencio Asenjo couples two works inspired by books whose authors were attracted to the contrast between the finite and the infinite with a...continue...
Recording information: Sofia, Bulgaria (05/15/2012-05/18/2012)....continue...
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David Maslanka: Symphony No. 9 / Illinois State University Wind Symphony
David Maslanka: Symphony No. 9 / Illinois State University Wind Symphony

1 CD / Albany Records / 2012-07-10

Works: Spoken Word: Preface to David Maslanka's "Symphony no 9"; David Maslanka: Symphony no 9, for symphonic winds
Conductors: Steele, Stephen K.
Ensemble: ; Illinois State University Wind Symphony

The much anticipated world premiere recording of David Maslanka's Symphony No. 9 is a large collection of instrumental songs. There are many influences and underlying...continue...
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Bernard Hoffer: MacNeil/Lehrer Variations; Elegy for a Friend; Elegy for Violin & String Orchestra; Pousette-Dart, Alan Smale, violin
Bernard Hoffer: MacNeil/Lehrer Variations; Elegy for a Friend; Elegy for Violin & String Orchestra; Pousette-Dart, Alan Smale, violin

1 CD / Albany Records / 2012-06-12

Works: Bernard Hoffer: MacNeil/Lehrer Variations, for orchestra; Elegy for a Friend, for orchestra; Elegy for violin & string orchestra; Symphony ("Pousette-Dart")
Performers: Clifford, Deborah; Smale, Alan
Conductors: Pittman, Richard

Born in 1934, composer Bernard Hoffer attended the Eastman School of Music. After serving as arranger for the U.S. Army Field Band, he came to...continue...
Recording information: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (06/08/2011-06/09/2011)....continue...
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Mark N. Grant: Inching Through The Sunsplendid Dust / Wilson, Farnum, Nafziger
Mark N. Grant: Inching Through The Sunsplendid Dust / Wilson, Farnum, Nafziger

1 CD / Albany Records / 2012-05-08

Works: Mark N. Grant: Auto da fé, for voice & chamber ensemble; Alba; Bird of Paradise, for theremin; The Book of Illuminations, for 2 voices & piano
Performers: Ahn, Jennifer; Allen, Barbara [Percussion]; Blackwell, Virgil; Caballero, Jorge; Combes, Celine Gay Des; Gosling, Stephen; Hirschman, Judy; Hopkins, David [Clarinet]; Hughes, Marika; Kavina, Lydia; K...
Conductors: Hostetter, Paul

While composer Mark N. Grant studied at the Eastman School and took courses at Juilliard, Mannes, and Manhattan, he first embarked on a career as...continue...
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Evan Mack: Angel of the Amazon, A New American Opera / Nancy Rhodes, Encompass New Opera Theatre
Evan Mack: Angel of the Amazon, A New American Opera / Nancy Rhodes, Encompass New Opera Theatre

2 CD / Albany Records / 2012-05-08

Works: Evan Mack: Angel of the Amazon, opera in 2 acts
Performers: Barr, Michael Armstrong; Candelarra, Jose [Vocals]; Caruana, Jennifer; Isaac, Amanda-Camille; Jabara, Douglas [Vocals]; Lee, Amanda; Mack, Barrett D.; Mathes, Caitlin; Palmer, Brittany; Rubio, Jose; ...
Conductors: Waldman, Mara

This new American opera by Evan Mack had its genesis in a lecture in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Mack heard the story of the murdered nun,...continue...
Recording information: Jerome Robbins Theatre, Barynikov Arts Center....continue...
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George Walker: Great American Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 / Ian Hobson
George Walker: Great American Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 / Ian Hobson

1 CD / Albany Records / 2012-02-14

Works: George Walker: Icarus in Orbit, for orchestra; Piano Concerto; Abu, for 2 narrators, violin, cello & piano; Dialogus, for cello & orchestra; Da Camera for violin, cello, piano, harp, celesta, orchest...
Performers: Kouzov, Dmitry; Lupu, Sherban; Sennet, Rochelle; Vamos, Brandon; Vamso, Brandon
Conductors: Hobson, Ian [Piano]
Ensemble: ; Sinfonia Varsovia

The most recent volume in the series on Albany Records devoted to the orchestral music of George Walker includes two concertos - one for piano...continue...
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Jack Beeson: Hello Out There; Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth
Jack Beeson: Hello Out There; Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth

1 CD / Albany Records / 2012-01-10

Works: Jack Beeson: Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth, opera; Hello Out There, opera
Performers: Anderson, Alfred; Beeson, Miranda; Christin, Judith; Gabriele, Leyna; Hirst, Grayson; Reardon, John; Shiesley, Robert; Wilcox, Carol
Conductors: Martin, Thomas; Waldman, Frederic
Ensemble: ; Columbia Chamber Orchestra

As Susan Hackshaw points out in her notes, Jack Beeson is primarily known for his large scale opera, Lizzy Borden, premiered and revived by the...continue...
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Everywhere Entangled: works for percussion by Edgard Varese; Stephen Hartke; Blake Wilkins et al.
Everywhere Entangled: works for percussion by Edgard Varese; Stephen Hartke; Blake Wilkins et al.

1 CD / Albany Records / 2012-01-10

Works: Blake Wilkins: Dancing with Snakes, for percussion ensemble; Stephen Andrew Taylor: Everywhere Entangled, for percussion ensemble; Christopher Deane: The Manes Scroll, for percussion ensemble; Edgard...
Conductors: Wilkins, Blake
Ensemble: ; University of Houston Percussion Ensemble

The Moores School Percussion Ensemble serves as the cornerstone of the Department of Percussion Studies at the University of Houston. Directed by Dr. Blake M....continue...
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Plog, Reed & Maslanka: Regenesis - Music of Renewal
Plog, Reed & Maslanka: Regenesis - Music of Renewal

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-12-13

Works: Anthony Plog: Concerto 2010, for brass quintet & wind ensemble; Alfred Reed: Variations on the "Porazzi" Theme of Richard Wagner, for band; David Maslanka: Symphony no 8
Performers: Cobb, Kevin; Mase, Raymond; Powell, Michael [Trombone]; Rojak, John D.; Wakefield, David
Conductors: Francis, Bobby R.
Ensemble: ; American Brass Quintet

A world premiere recording of Anthony Plog's Concerto 2010 is the featured work on this recording by the Texas Christian University Wind Symphony. The concerto,...continue...
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Beethoven Symphonies 7 & 7.1 (William Hill) / Lawrence Golan
Beethoven Symphonies 7 & 7.1 (William Hill) / Lawrence Golan

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-12-13

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92; William Hill: Symphony no 2 ("Beethoven 7.1")
Conductors: Golan, Lawrence
Ensemble: ; Lamont Symphony Orchestra

Composer William Hill writes in the notes that his "Symphony No. 2 is subtitled Beethoven 7.1 due to its numerous references to Beethoven's great 7th...continue...
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ALB 1300
Heart on the Wall: African American Art Songs for Orchestra / Louise Toppin
Heart on the Wall: African American Art Songs for Orchestra / Louise Toppin

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-11-08

Works: Robert Owens: Heart on the Wall, songs for voice & piano; Julius P. Williams: Myths of History, for voice & piano (or orchestra); Robert L. Morris: Lyric Suite, for voice & piano (or orchestra); Nkei...
Performers: Toppin, Louise
Conductors: Williams, Julius P.
Ensemble: ; Dvorak Symphony Orchestra

The art song cycles and collections crafted by the American composers on this recording musically document African-American culture through poetry, historical subjects, the diaspora and...continue...
Recording information: Prague Radio Hall, Prague, Czech Republic (2006-2007)....continue...
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Stefan Weisman: Darkling / Maeve Hoglund, Hai-Ting Chinn, Jon Garrison, Mark Uhlemann and Stefan Weisman / Anna Rabinowitz
Stefan Weisman: Darkling / Maeve Hoglund, Hai-Ting Chinn, Jon Garrison, Mark Uhlemann and Stefan Weisman / Anna Rabinowitz

2 CD / Albany Records / 2011-11-08

Works: Stefan Weisman: Darkling, opera for 4 voices, actors & string quartet
Performers: Bunch, Kenji [Viola]; Chiu, Tom; Payton, Philip; Ramakrishnan, Raman
Conductors: Demaris, Brian

The creation of Darkling, an opera with music by Stefan Weisman and libretto by Anna Rabinowitz, is a story of transformations. It is a story...continue...
Recording information: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New Yor (02/25/2011); Merlin Studios, New York, New York (02/25/2011); American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New Yor (0...continue...
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ALB 1315
Don Davis: Río de Sangre, opera in three acts / Florentine Opera Company
Don Davis: Río de Sangre, opera in three acts / Florentine Opera Company

2 CD / Albany Records / 2011-10-11

Works: Don Davis: Río de Sangre, opera
Conductors: Rescigno, Joseph

This world premiere recording of Río de Sangre, a new opera by composer Don Davis and librettist Kate Gale, presents fictional characters and situations that...continue...
Recording information: Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Mi (10/22/2010-10/24/2010)....continue...
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ALB 1296
José
José "Pepe" Martinez & Leonard Foglia: To Cross the Face of the Moon

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-10-11

Works: Jose "Pepe" Martinez: Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, opera
Performers: Shircliffe, Brian
Conductors: Martinez, Jose "Pepe"

Cruzar La Cara de la Luna/To Cross the Face of the Moon is the world's first opera composed for mariachi. Exploring the fusion of opera...continue...
Recording information: Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX (11/13/2010)....continue...
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ALB 1299
The Sacred Voice: sacred vocal works by Graham Gordon Ramsay / Yulia Van Doren, Mary Gerbi, Zachary Wilder
The Sacred Voice: sacred vocal works by Graham Gordon Ramsay / Yulia Van Doren, Mary Gerbi, Zachary Wilder

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-10-11

Works: Graham Gordon Ramsay: Ave Maria, for chorus; Missa Sancta Stephani, for chorus; Obedience, for 2 voices & organ; If You Love Me, for 3 voices; De Profundis, for chorus; Psalms (3), for chorus & violi...
Performers: Christensen, Heinrich; Combs, Allen; Cooper, Jessica; DeMille, Marc J.; Doren, Yulia Van; Everson, Lori; Hatch, Monica; Hindrichs, Emily; Kravitz, David; McGee, Randy; McSweeney, Mark; Proft, John; R...
Conductors: Christensen, Heinrich

In the compositions here, composer Graham Gordon Ramsay aims to rethink a variety of familiar sacred texts in a fresh way. His music not only...continue...
Recording information: Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, MA....continue...
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ALB 1304
Paul Chihara: Love Music / Ani Kavafian, Paul Neubauer, Kirk Trevor
Paul Chihara: Love Music / Ani Kavafian, Paul Neubauer, Kirk Trevor

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-09-13

Works: Paul Chihara: Concerto for Violin, clarinet & orchestra; Duo Concertante, for violin & viola; Two Images, for clarinet, viola & piano; Embraceable Duo (after George Gershwin), for violin & viola; Ell...
Performers: Costa, Anthony; Deighton, Tim; Elisi, Enrico; Gray, Gary [Clarinet]; Kavafian, Ani; Kim, Alyssa; Masek, Doug; Moses, John; Neubauer, Paul
Conductors: Trevor, Kirk

Composer Paul Chihara comments that "This cd is a labor of love. It represents my activities in concert, ballet, movies and Broadway - and is...continue...
Recording information: Klavierhaus, New York; Sean Swinney Recording, New York....continue...
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ALB 1290
Raphael Lucas: Confession / Catherine Webber, Molly Davey
Raphael Lucas: Confession / Catherine Webber, Molly Davey

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-09-13

Works: Raphaël Lucas: Confession, opera
Conductors: Murphy, Hugh

Confession, Raphaël Lucas' award-winning opera, libretto by Jacque Trussel and Margaret Vignola, was created as a "prequel" to Puccini's beloved Suor Angelica. The evocative one-act...continue...
Recording information: School of Music Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, (05/14/2011)....continue...
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Paul Osterfield: Rocky Streams / H. Stephen Smith, Caleb Harris
Paul Osterfield: Rocky Streams / H. Stephen Smith, Caleb Harris

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-09-13

Works: Paul Osterfield: Divertimento, for 7 players; Songs of Love, for voice & piano; Klee Abstractions, for flute, clarinet & guitar; Walt Whitman's America, for voice & piano; Rocky Streams, for 6 players
Performers: Aliquo, Don; Arndt, Michael; Arndt, Sandra; Douglass, James; Harris, Caleb; Little, Deanna R.; Loucky, Dave; Pigg, Dewayne; Smith, H. Stephen; Stone, Maya; Waldecker, Todd; Yelverton, William [Guitar]
Conductors: Osterfield, Paul

Composer Paul Osterfield was born in 1973. He composed and performed as a cellist throughout middle school and high school. He won first prize as...continue...
Recording information: Studio A, Ocean Way, Nashville (05/23/2009/05/11/2010)....continue...
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ALB 1287
Curtis-Smith: Gold Are My Flowers, A Civil War Song Cycle / Carmen Pelton
Curtis-Smith: Gold Are My Flowers, A Civil War Song Cycle / Carmen Pelton

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-09-13

Works: Curtis Curtis-Smith: Gold Are My Flowers (Christopher the Christ-Bearer), cycle for 2 voices & ensemble; A Civil War Song Cycle, for voice & piano
Performers: -Smith, Curtis; Ardizzone, Matthew; Bonhag, Mary [Soprano]; Buranskas, Karen; Knific, Renata Artman; Knific, Tom; Moonert, Judy; Opalach, Jan; Pelton, Carmen; Roederer, Silvia; Smith, Christine M.; T...
Conductors: Miller, Joe

Two works for voice by the internationally recognized composer C. Curtis-Smith are offered on this recording. The first - Gold Are My Flowers - is...continue...
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ALB 1278
Lee Hoiby: Summer and Smoke
Lee Hoiby: Summer and Smoke

2 CD / Albany Records / 2011-06-14

Works: Lee Hoiby: Summer and Smoke, opera in 2 acts
Performers: Abed, Salim Paul; Agosto, Josh; Beer, Satchell; Benedetti, Sophia; Boaz, Heather; Connolly, Nicholas; Coolen, Claire; Farmer, Audean; Fraser, Lindsey; Gokool, Steve; Herman, Allyson; Hernandez, Maria...
Conductors: Osgood, Steven

This is a world premiere recording of Lee Hoiby's 1971 two-act opera, with libretto by Lanford Wilson, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Lee...continue...
Recording information: Manhattan School Of Music (2010)....continue...
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ALB 1272
Leon Kirchner: Orchestral Works / Mitropoulos
Leon Kirchner: Orchestral Works / Mitropoulos

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-06-14

Works: Leon Kirchner: Music for Orchestra; Lily for soprano & chamber orchestra; Concerto for Piano no 1
Performers: Beard, Allen; Buswell, James; Dunkel, Paul; Heller, Alexander; Hoagland, Diana; Hollander, Lorin; Imai, Nobuko; Kirchner, Leon [Composer]; Lesser, Laurence; Routch, Robert; Stoltzman, Richard [Clarin...
Conductors: Kirchner, Leon [Composer]; Mitropoulos, Dimitri

This disc includes a premiere recording made in 1992 with Leon Kirchner conducting his Music for Orchestra with the orchestra he founded at Harvard along...continue...
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Florencio Asenjo: The Batrachomyomachia
Florencio Asenjo: The Batrachomyomachia

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-04-12

Works: Florencio Asenjo: The Batrachomyomachia, for orchestra; Palm-of-the-Hand-Tales, for orchestra; Basile's Pentameron, for orchestra
Conductors: Trevor, Kirk

For his third recording on Albany Records, "maximalist" composer Florencio Asenjo gives us three orchestral works based on literature. The Batrachomyomachia or The Battle of...continue...
Recording information: Slovak Radio Station, Bratislava (09/03/2010-09/05/2010)....continue...
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Charles Bestor: The Long Goodbye
Charles Bestor: The Long Goodbye

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-04-12

Works: Charles Bestor: Symphony no 1 ("Three Ways of Looking at the Night"); Requiem, for voice & orchestra; Concerto for french horn & orchestra; The Long Goodbye, for orchestra
Performers: Hite, William; Klock, Laura
Conductors: Marcelletti, Lanfranco Jr.

Composer Charles Bestor received his musical training under Paul Hindemith, Vincent Persichetti, Peter Mennin and Vladimir Ussachevsky. His long career has included numerous awards and...continue...
Recording information: Ford Hall, Ithaca, NY (06/13/2010)....continue...
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Thomas Pasatieri: God Bless Us, Every One!, opera
Thomas Pasatieri: God Bless Us, Every One!, opera

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-04-12

Works: Thomas Pasatieri: God Bless Us, Everyone!, opera in 1 act
Performers: Embree, Marc; Falk, Willy; Hare, Jonathan; Hartman, Duncan; Hutchings, Mitchell; Kasarjian, George; Ladouceur, Julie; Lamb, Kristen; Lavonier, Stephen; Moretz, Selena; Nardolillo, Catherine Clarke; P...
Conductors: Nardolillo, John

Commissioned by Dicapo Opera Theatre, Thomas Pasatieri's charge for God Bless Us, Every One! was to bring the cast of characters to the shores of...continue...
Recording information: Dicapo Opera Theatre, NYC (12/2010)....continue...
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An American Dream
An American Dream

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-04-12

Works: Frank Ticheli: An American Dream, for voice & orchestra; Lansing D. McLoskey: Prex Penitentialis, for voice & orchestra
Performers: Ezra, Leilah; Fullington, Andrea
Conductors: Zeniodi, Zoe; Lubman, Bradley

Two works for soprano and orchestra by American composers comprise this recording. Frank Ticheli composed An American Dream as his fifth and final work for...continue...
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Vincent Persichetti: Works for Band
Vincent Persichetti: Works for Band

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-03-08

Works: Vincent Persichetti: Divertimento, for band Op. 42; Mascarade, Op 102; Pageant for band, Op 59; Symphony no 6 ("For Band"), Op. 69; Psalm for Band, Op. 53; Parable for Band (Poem for band), Op. 121
Conductors: Steele, Stephen K.

The fact that a composer of Persichetti’s stature and prominence wrote so many works for wind band was not a result of a unique devotion,...continue...
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Harold Farberman: Diamond Street
Harold Farberman: Diamond Street

1 CD / Albany Records / 2011-01-11

Works: Harold Farberman: Diamond Street, opera
Performers: Barrett, Walter; Buerkle, Suzanne; Cheuveront, Joshua; Heath, David [Composer]; Hendrickson, Allisa; Melito, Chris; Moore, Garfield; Renino, Robert; Statser, Sean; Suzuki, Mitsuko; Ward, Brad; Zaryky...
Conductors: Farberman, Harold

As the world is turning from the 19th to the 20th century, Hudson, New York, on the Hudson River, in the Hudson Valley, was a...continue...
Recording information: Sasnoff Hall, Fischer Center, Bard College (01/25/2010/03/10/2010)....continue...
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ALB 1232
Gilbert & Sullivan: Patience
Gilbert & Sullivan: Patience

2 CD / Albany Records / 2010-12-14

Works: Arthur Sullivan: Patience (Bunthorne's Bride), operetta
Conductors: Borowitz, Michael

Gilbert & Sullivan’s hilarious and tuneful 1881 spoof of Oscar Wilde and the Pre-Raphaelite movement is presented with complete music and dialog by the Ohio...continue...
Recording information: Wooster College, Wooster, OH (2010)....continue...
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John Duffy: We Want Mark Twain
John Duffy: We Want Mark Twain

1 CD / Albany Records / 2010-12-14

Works: John Duffy: We Want Mark Twain, for voice & chamber ensemble; Concerto for tenor saxophone & concert band; Portraits, for orchestra
Performers: Aomori, Tomoya; Morrissette, Glenn; Mortensen, Signe
Conductors: Silverstein, Joseph

John Duffy, considered “one of the great heroes of America music,” has composed more than 300 works for symphony orchestra, opera, theater, television and film....continue...
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