Alice Dade, Iskander Akhmadullin, and Julie Rosenfeld with final products
Producing recordings is a regular part of the creative achievement music professors work on but to have three professional recordings being released by three different music labels in one semester is a significant recognition for the School of Music. Last week, three MU School of Music professors held a CD release party at Hitt Street Records in downtown Columbia to promote the success and official release of these recordings. Much like a book is to a professor of the humanities, a recording represents years of dedicated work and the final product is something to celebrate.
Alice Dade is an Assistant Professor of Flute in the School of Music and her first solo recording is titled Living Music. The music is all new chamber music for flute by living composers: Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Fine, Noam Elkies, Jennifer Margaret Barker, and Dan Coleman. Her collaborative pianists were Noam Elkies and John Novacek and she also performed with a string quartet/quintet on two selections. Professor Dade recorded this project at Skywalker Sound in California in 2016 and it is being distributed on the well-known label, Naxos. Alice was awarded two grants from MU to complete this project including a Large Research Council Grant and a Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant. In addition, Powell Flutes is also a sponsor of this recording and is hosting promotional events. She has already done CD release events in San Luis Obispo, California as part of the Festival Mozaic Wintermezzo Series, in Paris as part of Powell Flute’s launch of the new 18K gold flute, and will be in New York City next week at the Buffet Crampon showroom announcing her CD. She will also be featured in Flute Talk Magazine for the July/August 2018 issue. With this project behind her, she comments, “I am grateful for the moral and financial support of the University of Missouri School of Music and grants available at the university. Without them, Living Music would not be possible! Recording a solo CD has been a dream of mine since listening to Jean-Pierre Rampal in middle school. To see it come to fruition has been so exciting.”
Julie Rosenfeld's recording also centers around new music for her instrument and is titled New Music for Violin and Piano. Professor Rosenfeld is an Assistant Professor of Violin in the School of Music and worked extensively on this project with her collaborative pianist, Peter Miyamoto. She commissioned the composers on this recording to write works specifically for her which began back in 2014 when she first came to MU. In addition to using her start-up funds for this recording, she was awarded a Large Research Council Grant, a Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant, and a faculty project grant from the Mizzou New Music Initiative. The composers included on this recording are Kenneth Fuchs, Katherine Hoover, John Halle, Laura Kaminsky, Tamar Muskal, and MU School of Music's own composer Stefan Freund. This recording is being distributed by another very reputable record label, Albany Records. The premieres of all six works was on the MU campus in April 2016. Julie and Peter then took the recital on an East Coast tour and performed at SUNY Purchase, Bard College in New Haven, Connecticut, and the University of Connecticut to prepare for the actual recording process. As the first violinist of the Colorado String Quartet prior to joing the School of Music at MU, she had done 17 chamber music recordings. New Music for Violin and Piano is her first solo recording and she called it “a fantastic experience.”
Iskander Akhmadullin is the Associate Professor of Trumpet at MU and his recording came out just two weeks ago. His recording consists of never-before-heard Russian trumpet sonatas written in the latter half of the 20th century, but not yet well known. He recorded these pieces with his collaborative pianist, Natalia Bolshakova, in 2016 in Whitmore Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building. His recording is titled Russian Trumpet Sonatas and the composers on this recording are Yuri Chichkov, Nikolai Platonov, Yuri Aleksandrov, Mark Milman, Leonid Lyubovsky, Gherman Okuney, Alexander Baryshev, and Aida Isakova. His CD is being distributed by MSR Classics and consists of world premiere recordings. He is just beginning the promotion circuit and will have performances of these pieces throughout the United States next year. He comments, "My project comes as a result of an extensive research of the trumpet sonatas by Russian composers, which were largely neglected both in Russia and in the West. These works have not enjoyed an exposure they deserve due to the limited publication and lack of performances. I hope that our album would spark interest in the repertoire heretofore little known by Western musicians."
The School of Music is very proud of the accomplishments of all three of these professors and encourages the purchase of these recordings. They can all be found on Amazon at the links below:
Living Music by Alice Dade
New Music for Violin and Piano by Julie Rosenfeld and Peter Miyamoto
Russian Trumpet Sonatas by Iskander Akhmadullin and Natalia Bolshakova
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