June 2017 New Music on Navona and Ravello Records

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Help kick off the beginning of summer by celebrating new music from Navona and Ravello Records, featuring Les Délices, Sergio Cervetti, Jan Jirásek and JITRO, Allen Brings, and Demetrius Spaneas.

Listen now…

 

Want to know more? Keep reading…

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AGE OF INDULGENCE  |  Les Délices

Early music ensemble Les Délices presents an exquisite compendium of unique and rare instrumental music from the last generation of French Baroque composers.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  Spotify 


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TRIPTYCH REVELATION  |  Sergio Cervetti

Composer Sergio Cervetti presents works written over four decades of his career, featuring unique explorations of apocalyptic themes, inspired by themes drawn from the New Testament, nineteenth-century French literature, and Flemish art of the sixteenth century.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  Spotify


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PARALLEL WORLDS  |  JITRO; Jan Jirásek, Composer

Czech composer Jan Jirásek, with the Czech children’s choir JITRO performing, provides a varied collection of sacred and secular choral music for non-traditional sounds, as well as vocal forms rooted in Renaissance and Medieval traditions.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  Spotify


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MUSIC FOR VOICES  |  Allen Brings

Composer and pianist Allen Brings presents a collection of pairings for vocals and instruments, often marrying the forces of chorus and orchestra.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  Spotify


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MUSIC FOR KEYBOARDS  |  Allen Brings

Composer and pianist Allen Brings explores a musical family tree featuring compositions of solo pieces for harpsichord, piano, and organ, as well as a harpsichord-led string ensemble composition that concludes the album.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  Spotify


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FROM A FAR-OFF WORLD  |  Demetrius Spaneas

Saxophonist and bass clarinetist Demetrius Spaneas performs compositions for woodwinds and electronics.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  Spotify

The Inside Story: Allen Brings

Longtime PARMA friend and composer Allen Brings, a New York City native, and member Society of Composers is today’s next featured artist for “The Inside Story,” a blog series that explores the inner workings and personalities of our artists.

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Who was your first favorite artist(s) growing up?

It was Marian Anderson when I heard her sing Schubert, Bach and Handel on the two 78 rpm records that my father brought home when I was seven years old and that I played over and over again little understanding at that tender age how much I was learning to respond to great art and so to learn how to be expressive in my own art, first as a performer, then also as a composer. My gratitude to her was never more so deeply felt by me when at the end of a concert during which one of her former students had sung I saw her sitting alone in a wheelchair. My only wish was to go to her and tell her how thankful I was for all that she had done. I regret to this day that I could not because I would not have been able to speak through the tears that were already filling my eyes.

When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist/composer/creator?

My wish was never to be a “somebody;” it was rather to continue, first, to play music and so to experience it at first hand and, then, to write more of the music I was beginning to be interested in writing without ever giving up being a performer. As both performer and composer, I became gradually aware that I hoped to be able to demonstrate to both listeners and other performers that what I was offering them was something that would not merely divert or entertain them but would satisfy their human desires to be moved by what they were listening to.

If you could do any job in the world and make a living at it, what would it be?

It would be to continue teaching what I had learned by practicing my art, something that I had begun to do when I gave my first piano lessons to children when I was about 18. During the 39 years that I taught at Queens College, it was clear to me–and I hope also to my students–that everything I told them and then asked them to do grew not out of reading a “theory” book but out of my own experience as a musician. “This,” I could have said, “is how a melody behaves whether it was composed by Bach, Bartok or Brings” or “This now is how two or more melodies behave when you hear them at the same time.”

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MUSIC FOR KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS

What would you say to an artist performing your work that nobody else knows?

“Let’s both of us look at the printed page to discover all of those indications that the composer wrote on the page to show how the performer should make the music sound to those who are about to listen to it for the first time. That I happen to be the composer is irrelevant. If this music is as expressive as it was intended it to be, what do you have to do to make it sound that way? What, for example, is the character of this passage and how then does it progress to the character that should be  projected by the next passage?” Over the years it has also been my impression that audiences are likely to be aware how well a good performance of an unfamiliar piece reflects on its performer, so___.

What does this album mean to you personally?

I could hardly have known it at the time, but already when I began to learn to play the piano at the age of 7, I was also learning how to think through my fingers, which, however, did only what I told them to do. My earliest attempts to compose took place as I was practicing the piano when I would pause for a minute or two to play something that I had just thought up. It was also this enjoyable habit that warned me throughout my career as a composer not to write too much for the piano to avoid repeating what I had already written. I also discovered that writing for other keyboard instruments would force me to consider writing for them in a way that would be very different from how I learned to write for my own instrument, the piano. This album also demonstrates how distinctive a performance is when heard through the artistry of one outstanding performer. From organist Stephen Tharp, pianist Genevieve Chinn, and harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire, I was the grateful recipient of definitive performances of my music and artistry on the highest level. What more can a composer hope for?

Is there a specific feeling you want listeners to tune into when hearing your work?

In the course of listening to any of my compositions, one should never expect to hear the same music twice and therefore to feel the same way twice. The reason, which should be readily apparent even when listening to a single movement in a piece, is that the music is always “becoming.” Because of the ever-changing character of each piece in this album, the listener should feel free to regard it as a concert program the order of which is designed to encourage not only attention to the music but also emotional reactions to it. What might a listener say to why I call the third piece on the program a sonatine? I avoided assigning any suggestive names to each of the Five Pieces (1980), but what might a listener call each of them? Finally, listeners should understand that it is their feelings about what they are hearing that is important, not mine, and that their feelings and mine might not even be the same!

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MUSIC FOR VOICES

What does this album mean to you personally?

Each of the works contained on this recording was composed with a different purpose in mind. By way of example, the settings of Donne’s sonnets were intended for an exceptional chorus accompanied by an exceptional orchestra, and perhaps for an exceptional audience as well. The settings of Robert Herrick’s poetry were intended for a changing-voice chorus of students using melodic lines I thought they would readily appreciate. Cor Jesu Trinitatis was intended for a church choir although not as part of a service. The Lament of Rachel expresses in uncompromising terms the emotions of a parent who has lost a child, an emotion that none of us who is a parent hopes ever to experience. Together all of the works released on this recording exhibit aspects of my artistic life that reveal no fewer qualities of my personal life.

Is there a specific feeling you want listeners to tune into when hearing your work?

If these works succeed, they will because of the many feelings they solicit. There are, I will admit, two that are especially dear to me. The first is the setting of lines that I chose from a poem by John Donne that he called Song. I began writing it shortly before graduating college but wasn’t able to finish it. To my surprise, however, as soon as I entered graduate school I easily finished it and now look upon it as one of the most beautiful songs that I know written by any composer and am even beginning to wonder who he was! A few days now go by when I don’t listen to it in my head or hum it to myself and find how moved I am by it. Similar is my setting of Leonard Cochran’s Mountain Song, a text that Father Cochran himself admitted he intended to only be set to music. Even now I’m surprised how easily I was able to find the notes that set this text but how difficult it is to read the last lines to an audience. This song too I listen with pleasure in my head. If there are “specific feelings” that listeners will discover when they hear these two songs, I believe they will quickly know what they are.

Composer Allen Brings upcoming albums MUSIC FOR KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS and MUSIC FOR VOICES will be available to purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and available to stream on Spotify Friday, June 9th. 

Preview of June 2017 Releases on Navona and Ravello Records

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STREET DATE: June 9th

Time flies when you’re having fun! And boy, we’re having fun! Check out our June line-up featuring the ever so talented Les Délices, JITRO, Cervetti, and more…

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AGE OF INDULGENCE  |  Les Délices

Early music ensemble Les Délices presents an exquisite compendium of unique and rare instrumental music from the last generation of French Baroque composers.


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TRIPTYCH REVELATION  |  Sergio Cervetti

Composer Sergio Cervetti presents works written over four decades of his career, featuring unique explorations of apocalyptic themes, inspired by themes drawn from the New Testament, nineteenth-century French literature, and Flemish art of the sixteenth century.


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PARALLEL WORLDS  |  JITRO; Jan Jirásek, Composer

Czech composer Jan Jirásek, with the Czech children’s choir JITRO performing, provides a varied collection of sacred and secular choral music for non-traditional sounds, as well as vocal forms rooted in Renaissance and Medieval traditions.


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MUSIC FOR VOICES  |  Allen Brings

Composer and pianist Allen Brings presents a collection of pairings for vocals and instruments, often marrying the forces of chorus and orchestra.


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MUSIC FOR KEYBOARDS  |  Allen Brings

Composer and pianist Allen Brings explores a musical family tree featuring compositions of solo pieces for harpsichord, piano, and organ, as well as a harpsichord-led string ensemble composition that concludes the album.


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FROM A FAR-OFF WORLD  |  Demetrius Spaneas

Saxophonist and bass clarinetist Demetrius Spaneas performs compositions for woodwinds and electronics.

April 2017 New Releases on Navona and Ravello Records!

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Happy Friday! Are you ready for another round of releases featuring new ensembles and artists, compilations, and re-releases? Well, take a deep breath and try to relax as you take in these big releases…


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DRESS CODE  |  Altius Quartet

A bold treat of fresh arrangements of popular staples, effortlessly combining the appeal of classical, jazz, and pop, in such pieces as Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and “Kashmir”; Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me”; a-ha’s “Take on Me”; and a newer pieces Take It, an unlikely pairing of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.”

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify


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REAWAKENING  |  Jeffrey Jacob

A collection of varied works for orchestra and chamber ensembles, showcasing composer Jeffrey Jacob’s lush, mystical style.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  |  Spotify


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ERGO  |  Zhen Chen

An impressive contribution to the decades-long legacy of composers blending Chinese and western instruments and musical materials.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify 


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THE CHAMBER WORKS OF ALLEN BRINGS  |  Allen Brings

A triple re-release containing a collection of works for small ensembles comprised of a diverse selection of instruments.

Amazon  |  iTunes  | Spotify


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WINTER’S WARMTH  |  Andrew Schultz, John A. Carollo, R. Barry Ulrich, J.A. Kawarksy

An orchestral compilation featuring works from John A. Carollo, J.A. Kawarsky, Andrew Schultz, and R. Barry Ulrich, presenting conceptual pieces that all act as soundtracks to our resiliency during the toughest moments of the human experience.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify


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SMALL STORMS  |  Meredith Blecha-Wells, cello; Sun Min Kim, piano

Features Bohuslav Martinů’s duos for cello and piano from the latter half of his life, with the performances of Blecha-Wells and pianist Sun Min Kim fully embodying the folkloric sensibility and conservative style that typify the composer’s oeuvre.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  | Spotify


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TWILIGHT REMEMBERED  |  McCormick Duo

A re-release of a collection of contemporary compositions for percussion and flute, including works from various composers.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  Spotify


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RED LILIES OF BELLS GOLDEN LILIES OF BELLS WHITE LILIES OF BELLS  |  Alla Elana Cohen

Previously compared to the likes of Beethoven and Mozart, creative and evocative composer Alla Elana Cohen presents a collection of wildly imaginative works for string quartet, small ensemble, solo cello, and chamber orchestra.

Amazon  |  iTunes  |  ArkivMusic  |  YouTube  

*RED LILIES OF BELLS GOLDEN LILIES OF BELLS WHITE LILIES OF BELLS will be released April 21st, however the album is available for pre-order.

 

The PARMA Album of the Day: FIRE & TIME

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FIRE & TIME, a compilation album featuring composers Karen A. TarlowStephen Yip, Allen Brings, Paul OsterfieldSteven Block, and Howard Quilling, was released on Navona Records in 2012. The album presents orchestral works united by an expansive and sublime musical vision. With programmatic influences ranging from Jungian philosophy to musings on ancient Korean art to descriptions of contrasting mountain vistas, each piece on this album asks us to not only reflect on our collective past but our communal future as well. Recently, the piece “The Legendary Phoenix” composed by Stephen Yip received the Silver Medal in the 2017 Global Music Awards.

Find FIRE & TIME on Amazon and Naxos Music Library.

Preview of April 2017 PARMA Releases

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Happy Spring! The snow is melting, the trees are budding, and we are prepping for another round of releases featuring new ensembles and artists, compilations, and re-releases.  Take a deep breath and try to relax because we have some big releases coming your way.


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DRESS CODE | Altius Quartet

A bold treat of fresh arrangements of popular staples, effortlessly combining the appeal of classical, jazz, and pop, in such pieces as Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and “Kashmir”; Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me”; a-ha’s “Take on Me”; and a newer pieces Take It, an unlikely pairing of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.”

Amazon | iTunesArkivMusicYouTube


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REAWAKENING | Jeffrey Jacob

A collection of varied works for orchestra and chamber ensembles, showcasing composer Jeffrey Jacob’s lush, mystical style.

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusicYouTube


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ERGO | Zhen Chen

An impressive contribution to the decades-long legacy of composers blending Chinese and western instruments and musical materials.

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusicYouTube


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THE CHAMBER WORKS OF ALLEN BRINGS | Allen Brings

A triple re-release containing a collection of works for small ensembles comprised of a diverse selection of instruments.

Amazon | iTunes


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WINTER’S WARMTH | Andrew Schultz, John A. Carollo, R. Barry Ulrich, J.A. Kawarksy

An orchestral compilation featuring works from John A. Carollo, J.A. Kawarsky, Andrew Schultz, and R. Barry Ulrich, presenting conceptual pieces that all act as soundtracks to our resiliency during the toughest moments of the human experience.

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | YouTube


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SMALL STORMS | Meredith Blecha-Wells, cello; Sun Min Kim, piano

Features Bohuslav Martinů’s duos for cello and piano from the latter half of his life, with the performances of Blecha-Wells and pianist Sun Min Kim fully embodying the folkloric sensibility and conservative style that typify the composer’s oeuvre.

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | YouTube


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TWILIGHT REMEMBERED | McCormick Duo

A re-release of a collection of contemporary compositions for percussion and flute, including works from various composers.

Amazon | iTunes


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RED LILLIES OF BELLS | Alla Elana Cohen

Previously compared to the likes of Beethoven and Mozart, creative and evocative composer Alla Elana Cohen presents a collection of wildly imaginative works for string quartet, small ensemble, solo cello, and chamber orchestra.

Amazon | iTunes | ArkivMusic | YouTube

*Release Date: April 21st. Pre-order of the album available prior to release.

Release Date: April 14th

Preview of the January 2017 Releases on Navona and Ravello Records

We are getting ready to bring in the new year with a fantastic collection of debut PARMA artists, longtime members of the PARMA family, and re-releases. What better way to start the year than to celebrate music? Enjoy! Release date: January 13, 2017

THE STOLEN CHILD

Scott Perkins | NV6067

In THE STOLEN CHILD, Scott Perkins builds vast and stunning worlds out of a handful of voices. Vibrant, facile, and confident, Perkins’ choir writing is state-of-the-art and makes a modern musical statement while retaining a clear attachment to choral music’s longstanding tradition. READ MORE

THE PASSING SOUND OF FOREVER

Jane O’Leary | NV6068

Sound and space are two elements that emerge at the heart of Jane O’Leary’s THE PASSING SOUND OF FOREVER. The collection showcases O’Leary’s compositional gifts through a variety of her chamber compositions. O’Leary’s string writing soars in THE PASSING SOUND OF FOREVER, and demonstrates her remarkable sensitivity to the instruments’ sonic palette and expressive potential. READ MORE

EXULTET TERRA

Cappella Clausura | Amelia Leclair, DirectorNV6069

For the first half of the album, LeClair and Tann juxtapose Tann’s works for women’s voices, a cappella, with pieces by Hildegard von Bingen, in soaring arrangements by LeClair. The second half is the Exultet Terra suite of five movements for double choir and double reed quintet of English horn, oboes, and bassoons. READ MORE

LINES TO INFINITY

Hans Bakker | Peter Greve | NV6070

PARMA Recordings artists Peter Greve and Hans Bakker have come together to give us LINES TO INFINITY, a stunning album that revolves around emotive and dramatic scores for primarily piano and flute. The two composers hail from the Netherlands and share a knack for creating thoughtful contemporary chamber works that appeal to the listener’s imagination. READ MORE

BUTTERFLIES IN THE LABYRINTH OF SILENCE

Georges RaillardNV6071

On BUTTERFLIES IN THE LABYRINTH OF SILENCE, we hear the full spectrum of Raillard’s imagination. At times, the compositions feature gliding melodies that barely rise above a whisper, while other parts of the album are thunderous refrains that catapult from the speakers. Raillard utilizes various playing methods in his works, including fingerpicking, long ringing strums, single note melodies, and sustained pedal points. READ MORE

HARMONIZE YOUR SPIRIT WITH MY CALM

Leonard Lehrman | Joel Mandelbaum | RR7951

Composers and longtime friends Joel Mandelbaum and Leonard J. Lehrman present their collaborative HARMONIZE YOUR SPIRIT WITH MY CALM. The two first met in 1976, and, since then, have carved out prestigious careers in New York. Both are prolific creators, respected academics/lecturers, and important institutional leaders, particularly in the world of American and Jewish music. READ MORE


RE-RELEASES

SPECTRA

Connecticut Composers, Inc. | NV6077

This three-album collection contains all the installments in the SPECTRA series – a collection of works from members of Connecticut Composers, Inc., a nonprofit supporting composers living and working in the state. Allen Brings, vice president of CCI, organized the series and composed one composition on each disc. READ MORE

MARIMBA CONCERTI

The McCormick Percussion Ensemble | RR7952

On MARIMBA CONCERTI WITH PERCUSSION ORCHESTRA (2006), Robert McCormick conducts his McCormick Percussion Group – an ensemble comprised of 20 marimbists and accompanied by guest pianist Corey Holt Merenda throughout. Guest conductor Cayenna Rosa Ponchione appears on her composition The Creation, the album’s concluding track. READ MORE

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