Music@Menlo LIVE, the festival’s exclusive recording label, has received rave reviews from critics and customers alike. The label, launched in 2003, has been praised as a “breakthrough” (Billboard) and “probably the most ambitious recording project of any classical music festival in the world” (San Jose Mercury News). One critic hailed Music@Menlo LIVE’s recordings as “without question the best CDs I have ever heard” (Positive Feedback Online). Music@Menlo’s recordings are engineered and produced by Da-Hong Seetoo using state-of-the-art recording technology.
Music@Menlo LIVE’s 2016 edition: Russian Reflections
Music@Menlo LIVE is pleased to announce the release of Russian Reflections, a unique collection of eight CDs featuring live recordings from the acclaimed chamber music festival’s fourteenth season. Russian Reflections illuminates the cultural dialogue between Russia and the West from which Russian classical music grew into one of the most powerful of all musical genres. Spectacular performances of works by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich provide an entrancing contrast to both familiar and lesser-known pieces by Schumann, Fauré, and Dvořák. Listeners will also encounter the sophisticated elegance of Tchaikovsky next to music by Mozart and Mendelssohn, and marvel at the impeccable craftsmanship of Prokofiev, Taneyev, and Brahms.Order 2016 CDs online now.»
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C Major for Strings, op. 48 (1880)
- Dmitry Shostakovich: Piano Trio no. 1 in c minor, op. 8 (1923)
- Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D Major, op. 44, no. 1 (1838)
- Antonín Dvořák: Písně milostné (Love Songs), op. 83 (1888)
- Sergei Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque in d minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, op. 9 (1893)
- Johannes Brahms: String Quintet no. 1 in F Major, op. 88 (1882)
- Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata in D Major for Flute and Piano, op. 94 (1943)
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d’un lieu cher for Violin and Piano, op. 42 (1878)
Wu Han LIVE II
Music@Menlo LIVE, in collaboration with ArtistLed, is pleased to announce the release of Wu Han LIVE II, the second edition of the Wu Han LIVE series. This release features extraordinary Music@Menlo performances of piano quintets by Dohnányi and Taneyev that highlight Wu Han’s consummate artistry, as well as the masterful craftsmanship of these great composers. Artists featured in collaboration with Wu Han are violinists Nicolas Dautricourt, Sean Lee, Alexander Sitkovetsky, and Arnaud Sussmann, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist David Finckel. Wu Han LIVE II was recorded and remastered by the Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Da-Hong Seetoo. Learn more and order online.»
The project is the third special artist-focused release of Music@Menlo LIVE, following the release of Wu Han LIVE in 2014, and Paul Neubauer LIVE earlier this year. Showcasing the extraordinary artistry of the festival’s musicians, the recordings for this Music@Menlo LIVE offering are selected from the rich catalogue of thirteen seasons of Music@Menlo festival performances.
- Ernő Dohnányi: Piano Quintet no. 1 in c minor, op. 1
- Sergei Taneyev: Piano Quintet in g minor, op. 30
Paul Neubauer LIVE
Featured on the recording is a collection of the acclaimed violist’s performances from the Music@Menlo chamber music festival, including Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata for Viola and Piano in a minor, D. 821; Brahms’s Sonata for Viola and Piano in E-flat Major, op. 120, no. 2, and his Zwei Gesänge for Voice, Viola, and Piano, op. 91; Schulenburg’s Puszta-Märchen; Valdez’s Serenade du Tzigane; and The Canary, which was written anonymously. Artists featured in collaboration with Neubauer are pianists Gilbert Kalish, Juho Pohjonen, and Wu Han and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. Paul Neubauer LIVE was recorded and remastered by the Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Da-Hong Seetoo.
The project is the second special artist-focused release of Music@Menlo LIVE, following the release of Wu Han LIVE in 2014. Showcasing the extraordinary artistry of the festival’s musicians, the recordings for this Music@Menlo LIVE offering are selected from the rich catalogue of thirteen seasons of Music@Menlo festival performances.
Wu Han LIVE
Showcasing her extraordinary artistry, this CD features Wu Han performing solo and chamber works from several past Music@Menlo festival seasons. Bach’s elegant French Suite no. 5 is juxtaposed with touchingly personal selections from Felix Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), and Mendelssohn’s dazzling Double Concerto for Piano, Violin and Strings is complemented by the sprightly Concertino of Joseph Haydn, a mini-concerto for the piano, as well. Learn more and order online.»
Music@Menlo LIVE Is Available As Digital Downloads!
Recordings from all of Music@Menlo LIVE’s releases are available in downloadable digital format as well as on compact discs. Digital downloading and streaming are available on ClassicalArchives.com—the world’s most comprehensive classical music site—as well as through Amazon.com, iTunes, and a variety of other online digital music retailers. Music@Menlo LIVE’s critically acclaimed catalog, comprising live recordings from all of Music@Menlo’s seasons, features some of chamber music’s most beloved works alongside numerous rarely recorded gems.