Upcoming Releases

J.S. Bach: The Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Gold Medal winner at the 1992 JS Bach competition in Leipzig, and the "brilliant" (New York Times) Jory Vinikour team up for an album comprising Bach's Six Sonatas for violin and harpsichord. The Washington Post calls Pine's performances of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas "astonishing and joyful." (May)

Notorious RBG in Song

Soprano Patrice Michaels records the world-premiere of The Long View, her song cycle based on texts associated with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, including judicial opinions, speeches, and letters from those whose lives she changed. The recording will also feature songs by Stacy Garrop, Vivian Fung, and Lori Laitman, plus Justice Ginsburg's aria from Derrick Wang's opera, Scalia/Ginsburg. (June)

Alla Zingarese

Making its recording debut, Chicago's Civitas Ensemble joins forces with Prague's Gypsy Way Ensemble, which comprises internationally renowned violinist Pavel Šporcl and three Gypsy jazz musicians. This genre-defying album explores Roma (aka Gypsy) music's influence on classical repertoire and highlights the richness of Romani musical heritage. (July)

Songs from Chicago

Superstar baritone Thomas Hampson reconfirms his status as America's "Ambassador of Song" with an enlightening and rewarding program of works by early 20th century Chicago composers John Alden Carpenter, Ernst Bacon, Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, and Louis Campbell-Tipton, performed with celebrated Chicago pianist Kuang-Hao Huang. (September)

Sisters in Song

World-renowned sopranos Nicole Cabell and Alyson Cambridge perform stirring duets with the Lake Forest Symphony and its dynamic conductor, Vladimir Kulenovic. The wide-ranging program features opera duets, classical songs, and American spirituals, including original arrangements by Chicago composer Joe Clark. (September)

Blues Dialogues

Released in conjunction with the publication of the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation's Black Composers Curriculum, this album examines the intersection between classical music and the blues with works for violin and piano by William Grant Still, Clarence Cameron White, David Baker, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and Dolores White. (October)

Music of Kaija Saariaho

Musical America's 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, Jennifer Koh pays tribute to Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho with an all-Saariaho program. The album features the world premiere of the composer's chamber orchestra version of her Graal Théâtre concerto with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, Cloud Trio, Tocar, Aure, and Light and Matter. Guest artists include the Variation Trio, pianist Nicolas Hodges, and cellist Anssi Karttunen. (November)

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