Lauridsen • Lux Aeterna
Lauridsen • Lux Aeterna (RCM 19705) Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra Paul Salamunovich, Conductor Grammy® Nominee • Best Choral Performance
Released to critical acclaim in 1998, Lux Aeterna was nominated for a Grammy® in Best Choral Performance and has gone on to become one of the best-selling classical albums of the last decade. It has also brought to international prominence Los Angeles composer Morten Lauridsen whose works are now performed and recorded around the world, often presented in festival or symposium settings with the composer in attendance. The National Endowment for the Arts recently recognized Lauridsen’s remarkable lifetime achievement with its National Medal of Arts, presented in a White House ceremony. The official citation honors him for “radiant choral works combining musical power, beauty and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.” In its Best of 1998 list, the Los Angeles Times called it simply “Stunning!” World premiere recordings of Lux Aeterna, Mid-Winter Songs (Orchestral Version), and Ave Maria.
Padilla • Sun of Justice
Padilla • Sun of Justice (RCM 12006) Los Angeles Chamber Singers’ Cappella Peter Rutenberg, Conductor Grammy® Award Winner • Best Small Ensemble Performance
Early Music America acclaimed Cappella “A precision instrument with big-voiced power, rhythmic security, and tonal beauty,” calling their second disc of music by Padilla “A terrific recording by a top-notch ensemble.” Cappella has championed the works of Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla for almost 15 years, returning this glorious repertoire and its composer to the limelight, and is recognized in North America for electrifying performances of music from the Golden Age of Polyphony. The album features nine important and virtuosic works for double choir, including the motet and mass Ave regina caelorum, an ethereal Salve regina, several grand psalms, and the unusual setting of the prodigal son’s story, Pater peccavi.
Lauridsen • Northwest Journey
Lauridsen • NorthWest Journey (RCM 12001) World Premiere Recordings of Art Songs, Choral Works, and Chamber Music, featuring Ralph Grierson, Jane Thorngren, Donald Brinegar Singers, Anne Marie Ketchum, Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, Sunny Wilkinson, Shelly Berg, James Drollinger and Morten Lauridsen
Introspective and fiery by turns, these works show the personal side of the composer — equally adept with airy songs for the cabaret and heart- rendingly poignant interpretations of poetry for the recital stage; choral works with a Renaissance heart and a contemporary voice; and chamber music of many hues. Lauridsen’s keen wit and profound spirit intertwine to reveal the inspired journey of his lifetime from his birthplace in the United States’ Pacific Northwest.
Padilla • Music of Mexican Baroque
Padilla • Music of the Mexican Baroque (RCM 19901) Los Angeles Chamber Singers’ Cappella Peter Rutenberg, Conductor
Cappella’s debut album, released to critical acclaim, includes Padilla’s remarkable double choir settings of the Missa Ego flos campi and the Introit and Psalm for None, plus the Lamentations for Maundy Thursday and mesmerizing Holy Week motets for four, five and six voices. The themes include full PSD-templates and can be used without any restrictions whatsoever. The themes were commissioned by Smashing Magazine exclusively for our readers and designed by Wendell Fernandes.
Argento • Duruflé
Argento • Duruflé (RCM 12002) Los Angeles Master Chorale & Sinfonia Orchestra Paul Salamunovich, Conductor Rod Gilfry, Baritone; Frederick Swann, Organ
Maestro Salamunovich’s swan-song recording with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Dominick Argento’s powerful and probing Te Deum; Messrs Gilfry and Swann join the Men of the Chorale in Maurice Duruflé’s captivating Messe “Cum Jubilo.”
Romancero Gitano (RCM 19802) Los Angeles Chamber Singers Peter Rutenberg, Conductor Gregory Newton, Guitar; Jan Sanborn, Piano
Romancero Gitano highlights not only the vivid Spanish flavors of Mario Castelnuovo- Tedesco’s masterpiece for guitar and chamber chorus, but Morten Lauridsen’s popular cycle Les Chansons des Roses, and miniature jewels by American composers Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson, Halsey Stevens, and John Chorbajian. The Los Angeles
Times has recognized Los Angeles Chamber Singers as “a spirited and sensitive ensemble” with “cohesive...intelligent” programming. Internationally-acclaimed guitarist Newton plays the Romancero Gitano stupendously.
“The sparkling performance of Chansons des Roses by the Los Angeles Chamber Singers is delightful throughout, capturing the elegance of Rilke’s exquisite poetry and the nuances in the musical settings. Peter Rutenberg’s understanding and command of both delicate French texts ad the intricacies of the score result in a recording that is charming, poignant and transporting.” —Morten Lauridsen
The Leaves Be Green
The Leaves Be Green • James TyLer & musica viva (RCM 19604) James Tyler with Nancy Roth, Niki Carras, Joëlle Fancher Morton, James Lidgett, Keller Coker, Dirk Freymuth, Nina Treadwell, Inga La Rose
As one enthusiastic critic puts it (commenting on Tyler’s lute performances), “if it has strings, Tyler can play it.” And play it he does, on this exciting collection of 14 tracks, aided and abetted by the effervescent eight-piece Musica Viva. Here is music from Elizabethan composers including Holborne, Johnson, Byrd and Dowland in the form of pavanes, galliards, and other 16th century “party music” – “All lively, fresh, and cheerful” in the words of American Record Guide. The review adds: “The consort sounds full and vigorous; in addition, its members seem to be having fun,” while the Los Angeles Times chimes in “Irresistible.”
Glass • Salonen
Glass • Salonen (RCM 12004) Los Angeles Master Chorale Grant Gershon, Conductor
Riveting performances of Philip Glass’s epic Itaipu (with orchestra) and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s dynamic Two Songs to Poems of Ann Jäderlund for unaccompanied chorus mark music director Grant Gershon’s debut recording with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Chopin • Bolero
Chopin • BoLero (RCM 19702) Wendy Chen, Piano
Wendy Chen’s debut album for RCM is radiant. The artist tours constantly, attracting praise for her dynamic keyboard style. Equally at home with the exquisite “pianistics” of Chopin and Mozart, Chen also appears with leading symphony orchestras throughout the world performing the concertos of Rachmaninoff and Bach. The Los Angeles Times commented, “Chen is technically endowed to do just about anything she wants on a keyboard — powerful show.” The Washington-Post adds, “Note-perfect technique and effervescent Chopin.”
With A Twist
With A Twist (RCM JAZZ 12005 ) Richard Todd, Horn with Billy Childs, David Carpenter, Ralph Penland, John Clayton, Alan Pasqua, Michael Lang, Chuck Domanico, Lenny Castro, Alan Estes, Steve Huffsteter, Dan Higgins, Tim May, Tommy Johnson, Frank Marocco, Bob Zimmitti and Marcia Dickstein
Described as a jazz musician who “lets you hear the harmony behind the notes,” Richard Todd’s debut recording for RCM is a seamless collection that demonstrates why he is a leader in the French horn’s rise in popularity. Featuring music by film score legends David Raksin, Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, jazz giants Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, plus three Todd originals — along with the collaboration of some of the best musicians around — With A Twist is ‘chamber jazz’ of a very high order.
Colors (RCM 12007 ) Works in the Grand Style by Schumann and Liszt Daniel Pollack, Piano
Daniel Pollack first came to prominence in the inaugural Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. In the half-century since he has continued to refine his artistry, touring the finest concert halls in the world, teaching at Juilliard and the University of Southern California, and standing today as a singular exponent of the grand age of pianism. “Strength and conviction” trumpets Montreal’s La Presse. “Dazzling technique and nuanced expressiveness” raves the Deseret News of Salt Lake City. Schumann’s Carnaval and Fantaisie in C joust with Liszt’s Funérailles and Mephisto Waltz No 1, revealing the full kaleidoscopic colors of Pollack’s piano.