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: Winterreise
The 2019 festival performance of Schubert’s momentous Winterreise was a long-considered project for Nikolay Borchev and Wu Han. A dramatic and deeply moving song cycle depicting unrequited love, despair, and hope, Winterreise is a musically and emotionally intense undertaking for any artist. Those who were not able to experience the incredible live performances at Music@Menlo last summer are still able to share in their beauty, with the release of the live recordings on July 26. Learn more and order online.
Music@Menlo LIVE 2019: Incredible Decades
The seventeenth edition of Music@Menlo LIVE illustrates the evolution of chamber music over three hundred years, by focusing on seven Incredible Decades. Each volume explores a specific chapter in which remarkable composers chronicled the shifts in the world around them. Many of history's finest composers have captured the spirit of their times in sound, and in this collection of recordings, Music@Menlo encapsulates the dynamism of both an art form and the cultural winds that powered it. Learn more and order online.
- Georg Philipp Telemann | Violin Concerto in a minor, TWV 51: a1
- Tomaso Albinoni | Double Oboe Concerto in C Major, op. 7, no. 2
- Ludwig van Beethoven | String Quartet in F Major, op. 135
- Robert Schumann | Piano Trio no. 1 in d minor, op. 63
- Frederic Chopin | Cello Sonata in g minor, op. 65
- Sergei Rachmaninov | Suite no. 1 for Two Pianos, op. 5,Fantaisie-tableaux
- John Adams | Road Moviesfor Violin and Piano
- Bright Sheng | Concertino for Clarinet and String Quartet
Wu Han LIVE III
Wu Han LIVE III is the third collaborative release between the ArtistLed and Music@Menlo LIVE labels. Showcasing the extraordinary artistry of the festival's musicians, the recordings for this Music@Menlo LIVE offering are selected from the rich catalog of thirteen seasons of Music@Menlo festival performances. This special release features moving performances of Fauré's dazzling piano quartets from previous Music@Menlo festivals. Artists featured in collaboration with Wu Han are violinists Chad Hoopes and Arnaud Sussmann, violists Paul Neubauer and Richard ONeill, and cellists Clive Greensmith and Dmitri Atapine. Wu Han LIVE III was recorded and remastered by the Grammy award-winning sound engineer and producer, Da-Hong Seetoo. Learn more and order online.
- Gabriel Fauré | Piano Quartet no. 1 in c minor, op. 15
- Gabriel Fauré | Piano Quartet no. 2 in g minor, op. 45
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 Gesnge 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 espaolas; 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 Gesnge, 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 espaolas (1914)
- William Bolcom | “Amor” (2007)