New PARMA Artist: Phoenix Ensemble

New York-based chamber group Phoenix Ensemble have signed on to release their new album with PARMA in 2017.

Phoenix Ensemble in the studio

The Phoenix Ensemble is a mixed instrument chamber music ensemble based in New York City.  The group was founded 25 years ago in 1991 the group started with two goals, “to inspire a new and diverse audience for art music through performances, recordings, and residencies in schools and under-served communities, and to encourage the creation of new works as well as make accessible important music of our time.”

Artistic Director and clarinetist Mark Lieb has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He is also the founder of Ansonia Music Outreach, a nonprofit organization focused on establishing the musical arts as a valuable to the general public.

The new album for the Phoenix Ensemble will be focused on late Romantic era works. This is a stylistic change compared to their past recordings, which highlighted works by contemporary composers.

Mark Lieb, clarinetist and artistic director 

An underappreciated French composer, Henri Marteau and his charming and endearing compositions will be in the spotlight, as the album will feature a previously unrecorded composition entitled “Wind Serenade” and his “Quintet for Clarinet and Strings.”

The album will also include a piece by Alexander Zemlinsky that he composed when he was just 25, titled “Trio.”

The Phoenix Ensemble’s new album will be released on Navona Records in 2017. In the meantime, you can hear a piece from their 2012 release via the YouTube player below.

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