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  • SONY Classics announces the March release of 'Finding Home'

    February 2022

    SONY Classics announces the March release of 'Finding Home' - a collection of music by Aaron Copland, Michael Fine, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Serge Prokofiev - conducted by Philip Mann who leads Ensemble Bravura.  It includes three world premieres one of which, Michael Fine's Concierto del Luna, was commissioned especially for this recording and is performed by two renowned soloists: flutist Alexa Still and Grammy Award winning guitarist Jason Vieaux.  The recording was produced by Michael Fine in Hemmle Hall at Texas Tech University; Hideki Isoda was tonmeister.

  • The concert world premiere of 'A Time of Uncertainties'

    February 2022

    The concert world premiere of 'A Time of Uncertainties' by Michael Fine will be performed in Prague's historic Lobkowicz Palace by Emmanuel Villaume conducting the PKF-Prague Philharmonia on 9 June.  Villaume and the PKF performed Fine's Chamber Symphony in a televised concert in 2021. Michael Fine wrote A Time of Uncertainties in an airport lounge in the United States.  He was flying back earlier than planned, home to The Netherlands, after learning that his wife had entered a hospital’s intensive care unit, dangerously ill.  The doctor he spoke with was not optimistic.  He finished the piece moments before the flight was called.  Happily, his wife made a full recovery.   https://www.pkf.cz/en/2021-2022/l2-evening-with-emmanuel-villaume

  • Our recording on Evidence Classics of Jae-Hyuck Cho's performances of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos

    January 2022

    Our recording on Evidence Classics of Jae-Hyuck Cho's performances of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos 2 and 3, with Hans Graf conducting the Russian National Orchestra is now available on Apple Music and Tidal in a beautiful new Dolby ATMOS surround immersive mix.  Played back through a surround system, one has the sense of having a private concert in Moscow's beautiful Zaraydye Hall.  In good headphones and earbuds, it sounds richer, more open.  https://music.apple.com/nl/album/rachmaninov-piano-concertos-nos-2-3/1583064201?l=en.  And here a nice review of the recording with a video interview: https://www.classicalexplorer.com/rachmaninov-piano-concertos-nos-2-3/
     
  • The long delayed conclusion of cellist Bion Tsang's and conductor

    January 2022

    The long delayed conclusion of cellist Bion Tsang's and conductor Scott Yoo's recording of Tchaikovsky, Schumann, and Casals with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra finally happened just after the New Year at the RSNO Centre in Glasgow.  The Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations had been recorded several years back and was waiting for the other pieces to finish the recording, scheduled to be released on SONY Classics.  During the long COVID induced wait - with several postponements - a new edition of the Schumann Concerto, prepared by British cellist Josephine Knight, which adheres closely to Schumann's own manuscript was published.  The postponement allowed to use this edition - the first recording made of this version that takes us back to Schumann's own thoughts without the emendations by others who thought they were 'helping' the composer.  The sessions were also filmed for an episode of the PBS Emmy nominated hit show 'Now Here This.' http://nowhearthis.org/

  • Naxos has announced a Spring 2022 release date for Paul Merkelo's recording of Russian Trumpet Concertos

    January 2022

    Naxos has announced a Spring 2022 release date for Paul Merkelo's recording of Russian Trumpet Concertos, recorded at the Zarayadye Hall in Moscow with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Hans Graf.  Aratunian's and Weinberg's Concertos are joined by a unique version of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto Nr 1 with a trumpet part enhanced by the great Russian virtuoso, Timofey Dokschitzer.  The pianist is Jae-Hyuck Cho.  Michael Fine produced the recording with engineer Erdo Groot.