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  • 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.

  • Orchid Classics announces

    January 2022

    Orchid Classics announces the Spring release of Chopin's Four Ballades and Sonata 3 performed by Korean pianist Jae-Hyuck Cho and recorded in the Leibniz Salle in Hannover.  Michael Fine produced the recording with Jin Choi, engineer. As Michael Fine said: 

    Jae-Hyuck Cho is a complete artist: sovereign technique, a deep knowledge of the score, a rare and rarified musical imagination and a palpable sense of joy in making music.  Every take brings something new to consider but always within the context of the composer's aesthetic.  I often leave the sessions with enough material to make multiple and very different but always superb versions of each piece we record. This makes every recording a voyage of musical discovery for both of us.  The first take is already at a high level, well prepared, thought out and executed but where we end up sets the bar even higher.  This Chopin recital, recorded in Hannover's historic Leibniz Saal, is particularly beautiful combining virtuosity and poetry in equal measure.  I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed producing this recording.
  • "Finding Home," a recording of music by Aaron Copland

    December 2021

    "Finding Home," a recording of music by Aaron Copland, Michael Fine, Aaron Kernis, and Serge Prokofiev conducted by Philip Mann with Ensemble Bravura will be released on SONY Classics in Spring 2022.  The recording, produced by Michael Fine at Texas Tech University, features three world premieres. As Maestro Mann eloquently said: Our interest was in making a recording that included a selection of composers of Russian and Jewish heritage who all spent significant time composing in and being influenced by America.  The title “Finding Home” alludes to this shared experience of composers who were/are citizens of the world, influenced by multiple traditions (particularly French compositional practices) but who found America as a home and source of inspirationMichael Fine - Finding Home from Suite for Strings - Ensemble Bravura conducted by Philip Mann

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