The PARMA Album of the Day: EXASPERATING PERPETUATION

Delivering a diverse cross-section of dynamically rhythmic and tonally expressive chamber works, composer John K. Leupold II presents his debut release on Ravello Records, EXASPERATING PERPETUATION. Described by the Washington Post as “an imaginative exploration of instrumental timbres,” Leupold’s music seeks to enhance the tonal possibilities of the instruments through the use of tension, personification,... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: DEMOCRACY

Composed in the wake of 9/11, Barry Seroff's DEMOCRACY is a multifaceted, genre-spanning examination of the spiritual and philosophical roots of American thought. Calling on texts from Quaker preachers, American poets, Japanese haiku, and Nietzsche, Seroff forms a flowing narrative charting our cultural development from the innocence and purity of infancy through the growing awareness of adolescence... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: ROSE

On his debut Ravello Records release ROSE, composer Michael Laurello offers a personal and refined style marked by a rhythmic invention, visceral directness, and earnest emotional depth. Review Graveyard says, "Rose is an interesting classical album which plunders the rich pool of musical genres from jazz to rock. It's also an album that you can... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: JUST MUSIC

On his debut release on Ravello Records, JUST MUSIC: MUSIC FOR PIANO IN FIVE LIMIT JUST INTONATION, Croatian composer Zoran Šćekić presents an open series of compositions aiming to explore the harmony of a non-tempered microtonal system based on integer harmonics, or just intonation. Muzika.Hr says the album is "In other words, ''Just download'' approaches... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Inside Story: Alla Elana Cohen

Distinguished composer, pianist, music theorist and teacher Alla Elana Cohen, immigrated to the United States from Soviet Russia in 1989. Now living in Boston, Cohen is a professor at both Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. Today, Cohen is our next featured artist in "The Inside Story," a blog series... Continue Reading →

The PARMA Album of the Day: ALBERT’S WINDOW

From Stravinsky-esque rhythms and impressionistic harmonies to Xerox® machine-inspired gestures, Eight Strings & a Whistle – comprised of flutist Suzanne Gilchrest, violist Ina Litera, and cellist Matthew Goeke – present a diverse selection of contemporary and 20th-century works that highlight the ensemble’s blend of technical prowess and emotive interpretation on their debut Ravello Records release... 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 →

The PARMA Album of the Day: DREAM OF SAILING

In his debut PARMA album DREAM OF SAILING, released on Ravello Records in 2015, Composer Masatora Goya presents a collection of chamber works inspired by the life and passing of Goya’s father, Masahiro. American Record Guide says, "It's the type of sound that grabs you but gives you the task of introspection as well." Find DREAM OF SAILING... 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 →

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