Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

PARMA Artists on Composers Circle

Throughout the remainder of the year, the wonderful folks at Composers Circle will feature seven PARMA artists: Patricia Van Ness, Herbert Deutsch, Andrew May, Mark Vigil, Elizabeth Vercoe, Keith Kramer, and Curt Cacioppo will be featured beginning on November 14th.

Check back and click "Read More" for links to the Composers Circle features and more information about the PARMA albums that feature these composers' works.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gramophone Review: AWAKENINGS

An excellent review for Coro Allegro's recent release AWAKENINGS appeared in the December issue of Gramophone. A copy of the article can be found here:

Click read more for a few excerpts from the review.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Derwyn Holder's "Symphony" Article in AARP

Composer Derwyn Holder’s "Symphony No. 1" is getting some unique attention in and outside of the music industry.  You can read about this piece and why in the latest AARP article here.

Holder is hoping to record his "Symphony No. 1" with PARMA Recordings in 2013.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

November 2012 Sessions in Boston

Alongside the orchestral sessions in Europe, PARMA held chamber recordings at Futura Productions with the New England String Quartet featuring clarinetist Georg Klass, recording the music of Chistopher Dietz. Click "Read More" below to view photos from the session.

November 2012 Sessions in Europe

In November PARMA held orchestral, choral, and chamber recording sessions with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and Kühn Choir in the Czech Republic, recording the works of Alan Beeler, Mark Eliot Jacobs, Paul Osterfield, Timothy Edwards, Michael Cunningham, Lawrence Ball, and In the Groove. Click "Read More" below to view photos from our orchestral sessions.

Many thanks to Danny and Lizzie from In the Groove for the session footage!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Hidden Dangers of Playing a Wind Instrument

Scientists and others have long speculated on the health effects of playing a wind instrument. Below is article from the archives of the New York Times which illustrates the prevailing wisdom in the decades following the Civil War:

Sousaphone players: dead men marching

We now know that playing a wind instrument is far from a death sentence and Dr. Burg should be commended for his efforts to dispel this myth. With that in mind, the arguments presented touting the wind instruments' tuberculosis-curing properties are less than convincing. Click "Read more" to see what modern science has to contribute to question of wind instruments and their effects on respiratory health.

Monday, December 10, 2012

"The Orchestra" iPad App Dazzles Tablet Users

The company that brought us "The Elements" for iPad has launched "The Orchestra", an iPad app that explores classical music.
If you have not heard the buzz already, this app combines philharmonic orchestra music, video, and interactive instruments to create an immersive and educational tool for those new to the orchestra, and those who've made classical music an integral part of their lives.   
With 1.81GB of content and a $13.99 "sticker" price, it's certainly a luxury app, but word amongst many reviewers is it's an absolute must-have.  
The experienced can be best summed up by viewing the interface demo (below) and by visiting the Apple App Store.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

How To Build A Steinway

What makes a Steinway D sound like a Steinway D? The 2007 documentary Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 explores this question and others with an in-depth look at the lengthy, handcrafted process.

Eddie Salvadon fits the plate of a Steinway concert grand while Lang Lang performs Liszt's "Liebesträume No. 3."

Each piano's journey spans 12 months beginning in the forests of Alaska and ending in Steinway's Queens, New York factory. The documentary also examines Steinway's rich history, the changing role of the piano in our culture, and the piano's personal relationship with performers. Fascinating and highly recommended.

1929 Steinway promotion film for the Style B grand piano. Many of these techniques are still used today.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

In Their Own Hand

Handwritten Manuscripts from the Great Composers

Chopin's Etude for piano, op. 10, no. 7 (Image: The Morgan Library and Museum)

It's fast becoming common practice for museums to digitize and upload their collections to the web. As a result, there are a number of sites out there that allow visitor to view, in high resolution, handwritten scores penned by copyists, editors, and in many cases the composers themselves.

Above is an excerpt from Chopin's Etude for piano, op. 10, no. 7 seen here in the composer's own spidery script. Click "Read More" for a handwritten sketch of Beethoven's unfinished tenth symphony as well as links to each score database.