September 2018 Album Reviews

Each month, PARMA has the great pleasure of not only releasing powerful works by our artists, but also seeing the positive impact that these works have on listeners. Read on to hear what sources from Gramophone Magazine to Jazz da Gama had to say about our latest releases... "The performances, with the composer as pianist... Continue Reading →

Violinist Moonkyung Lee Records Album of Works by Living Composers, Including PARMA Artists!

Photo by Raya on Assignment Acclaimed Korean violinist Moonkyung Lee recently completed recording her second album while visiting the states back in November. Lee's first solo album TCHAIKOVSKY, which released on Navona Records earlier this year, was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra last summer. The album was wildly successful in streaming after becoming the... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, BOOK 1

Regarded as "a gifted and obviously devoted Bachian" by the New York Times, award-winning pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, performs the work of  J.S. Bach in Navona Records release THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, BOOK I.  Gramophone Magazine says, "Ishizaka plays the 24 preludes and figures with impeccable taste and technique, finding many levels of musical meaning as she brings utmost... Continue Reading →

The Inside Story: Piotr Szewczyk

Piotr Szewczyk is an acclaimed violinist and composer, an American Prize winner, and has been hailed by Gramophone Magazine as a “violinist of exceptional finesse and flair” and a composer of “magical” works. Today, Szewczyk is our next featured artist in "The Inside Story," a blog series exploring the inner workings and personalities of our artists.... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: APPALACHIAN INSPIRATION

Composer John Beall released his debut Ravello Records album APPALACHIAN INSPIRATION in 2014. The album illustrates the impact of Appalachian folk music on his often unconventional yet appealingly direct style, featuring three piano and string pieces that display a strong, expressive grasp of folk tunes and traditional classical techniques. Gramophone says, "Here three profoundly conservative... Continue Reading →

New PARMA Project: The MOTO Series

PARMA is excited to announce the third installment in the MOTO recording and performance series! This new album will again feature PARMA lead cellist Ovidiu Marinescu and his group, Trio Casals (Sylvia Ahramjian (violin), Ovidiu Marinescu (cello), Anna Kislitsyna (piano). The first album, 2013’s MOTO PERPETUO, featured a set of moving works for cello and... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: DEAR DARWIN

DEAR DARWIN, the second release on Ravello Records by composer Scott Brickman, explores several themes relating to Charles Darwin's studies and interests including birds, love, world travel, and human boundaries. In a review by Gramophone, the reviewer Donald Rosenberg specifically comments on the track listing beginning with "A is for Apple" and ending with "Zygote" saying,... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: VIOLIN FUTURA

Piotr Szewczyk's Navona Records album VIOLIN FUTURA, released in February of last year, is a collection of commissioned miniatures for solo violin that highlight over thirty international contemporary composers and how they are re-imagining the solo violin. “The purpose of the Violin Futura Project,” says Szewczyk, “is to sample the creative environment of our times... Continue Reading →

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