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.
Sasha Cooke LIVE
In this special release from the Music@Menlo LIVE label, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke showcases a selection of unforgettable performances from past Music@Menlo chamber music festivals. The release features a diverse range of repertoire, including Barber’s Four Songs, op. 13; Brahms’s Zwei Gesänge for Voice, Viola, and Piano, op. 91; Britten’s A Charm of Lullabies, op. 41; Henry T. Burleigh’s arrangements of traditional spirituals “By an’ By,” “Deep River,” and “Wade in de Water”; De Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas; and William Bolcom’s Cabaret Songs “Song of Black Max,” “Blue,” and “Amor.” Additional Music@Menlo artists featured on these recordings in collaboration with Sasha Cooke include pianists Inon Barnatan, Gilbert Kalish, and Wu Han, as well as violist Paul Neubauer and guitarist Jason Vieaux. Sasha Cooke LIVE was recorded and remastered by the Grammy award-winning sound engineer Da-Hong Seetoo.
- Samuel Barber | Four Songs, op. 13 (1940)
- Johannes Brahms | Zwei Gesänge, op. 91 (1884)
- Benjamin Britten | A Charm of Lullabies, op. 41 (1947)
- Henry T. Burleigh | “By an’ By” / “Deep River” / “Wade in de water” (1917)
- Manuel de Falla | Siete canciones populares españolas (1914)
- William Bolcom | “Amor” (2007)
Music@Menlo LIVE’s 2017 edition: The Glorious Violin
Music@Menlo LIVE is pleased to announce the release of The Glorious Violin, a unique collection of eight CDs featuring live recordings from the acclaimed chamber music festival’s fifteenth-anniversary season. The Glorious Violin transports the listener through the development of the instrument and its repertoire, with performances by world-renowned violinists and chamber musicians. From the earliest Baroque works emanating from Northern Italy with composers like Corelli and Tartini, through the flourishing of the Classical style and the new virtuosity of Romantic and Impressionist composer-performers, The Glorious Violin illustrates a musical journey like no other. Spectacular performances of chamber music favorites by Dvořák, Mendelssohn and others are complemented by modern-day masterpieces by the likes of John Corigliano, and distinct nationalist styles. Listeners will learn about the different schools of violin playing that emanated from different European countries, and the immortal legacy of some of the greatest composers and their muses.
- Giuseppe Tartini | Sonata in g minor, Devil’s Trill (ca. 1714)
- Rodolphe Kreutzer | Étude no. 22 in B-flat Major from Forty-Two études or Caprices for Solo Violin (1796)
- Louis Spohr | Double String Quartet no. 1 in d minor, op. 65 (1823)
- Johannes Brahms | Horn Trio in E-flat Major, op. 40 (1865)
- Claude Debussy | Petite Suite for Piano, Four Hands (1886–1889)
- Eugène Ysaÿe | Sonata in e minor for Solo Violin, op. 27, no. 4 (1924)
- John Corigliano | Red Violin Caprices (1999)
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.
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.