ArkivMusic Newsletter

Dear ArkivMusic Customer,

Some of my favorite American music – works by Roy Harris, Howard Hanson, Morton Gould, Alec Wilder, and so many others – is found on the great American label, Albany Records. Albany is also home to recordings of contemporary composers like Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon as well as the splendid catalog of British composer George Lloyd.

All this month, we have the entire Albany catalog on sale at the incredible price of 3 discs for $30* – over 1,200 titles at 50% off list price! Here are a few highlights, including several featuring the music of film composer Jerome Moross, whose 100th anniversary is celebrated this year.

Lloyd: Symphonies No 1 & 12 / Lloyd, Albany SO
George Lloyd's gorgeous Twelfth and final symphony is a valedictory work, ending warmly but quietly in rich chords for the full orchestra, an expression of calm satisfaction at a life in music well spent. You certainly won't want to miss it.

Browse Albany's complete George Lloyd catalog

Chamber Music of Herrmann & Moross
Admirers of Bernard Herrmann's mesmerizing film music will also be impressed by his neglected chamber music, contrasted here by the sprightly melodies, syncopated rhythms, and bright harmonies of his colleague Jerome Moross.

Ward: Scarlet and Blue
Robert Ward's splendiferous ballet score for Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter paints a broad canvas in a wonderful sequence of thematically interrelated sound pictures which together form a symphonic poem.

Alec Wilder: Music For Horn & Piano / Tibbetts, Cecchini, Heinzel

Moross: Frankie & Johnny / Falletta, New Zealand SO
2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jerome Moross, an American original known for his outstanding film scores. Moross's distinctive voice offers a delightful mix of folk song, 1930s pop, ragtime, proto-jazz, and more.

Higdon: Chamber Music
By now, Jennifer Higdon is rightfully and widely known as one of America’s greatest living composers. This collection of some of her best chamber music is also filled with several first recordings.

Wilder: Music for Piano / John Noel Roberts
This disc marks the debut recording of many of Alec Wilder's solo piano works, little gems that challenge the artistry of the performer, beautifully and elegantly performed by pianist John Noel Roberts.

Findlay in Blue - Piano Music of Gershwin, Gottschalk & Gould / Findlay Cockrell
You've heard of the "three B's." Now pianist Findlay Cockrell gives you entertaining and impressive music by the three "G's" – Gershwin, Gottschalk, and Gould.

Moross: Symphony No 1 / Falletta, London SO
The Symphony No. 1 of Jerome Moross, full of spunky Americana and appealing themes, is an entirely satisfying and authentic symphony. Don't miss the clever and witty Scherzo movement, which will likely make your day.

Liebermann: Revelry, Concerto for Orchestra / Llewellyn, BBC SO
This recording illuminates Lowell Liebermann’s compositional voice – consistently engaging, colorful, tuneful, and approachable, but also clearly modern. In a single piece, we can hear the centuries of music history absorbed into his omnivorous style.

Romberg: Blossom Time / Byess, Ohio Light Opera
Blossom Time, Sigmund Romberg's delightful 1921 operetta, is based on the music of Franz Schubert and on that composer’s touching love life. (2 CDs)

See more operetta from Albany Records

George Antheil - Bad Boy of Music / Marthanne Verbit
Excellently presented, this anthology of piano music by George Antheil is a most enjoyable portrait of an American eccentric. Marthanne Verbit is overwhelmingly convincing, relishing Antheil's quixotic style-modulations.

See all of our featured titles from Albany Records, or browse the entire Albany catalog while it is all on sale at 3 for $30.* (Sale ends at midnight ET 5/31/13.)

As always, I thank you for your support and love of classical music.

The Arkiv Team

*Buy 3 or more eligible Albany CDs and we'll discount them to $9.99 per disc. The more you buy, the more you save!