[PIAS] America is pleased to announce that starting January 22, 2018 it will begin distribution of the LSO family of classical labels including LSO Live, King's College and Mariinsky. Also, in March 2018, the LSO will launch a new label, Colin Currie Records, which will also be distributed by [PIAS] America.
The first new release to be distributed by [PIAS] America, Farewell to Cambridge, comes out January 26 on King’s College. Stephen Cleobury produces a rich choral program centered around a poem by the celebrated Chinese poet Xu Zhimo, marking its first mainstream classical interpretation. Alongside it are popular classics by Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé, Stephen Cleobury’s new arrangement of the 18th century folk song Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower Song) and first release mixes of music from Favourite Carols from King's. In February, King’s College celebrates Valentine’s day with Love from King's featuring the close-harmony group The King's Men performing arrangements of popular favorites including classic tracks by Adele, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, Michael Bublé and more. The King’s Men is made up of singers from the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and nine of the fourteen arrangements on this album were written specially for the recording. In March, Stephen Cleobury leads the Choir in a more traditional collection of Byrd Motets.
Anticipation is high for LSO Live’s first quarter releases. These include: On Haydn - An Imaginary Orchestral Journey in February where Sir Simon Rattle pays homage to Haydn as innovator, showcasing his most forward-looking and outlandish works in 50 minutes of uninterrupted performance and Mozart Violin Concertos 4 & 5 with Nikolaj Znaider as soloist and conductor, the first of two releases exploring all five Mozart violin concertos.
Fresh off their stunning 2017 world tour, Valery Gergiev and powerhouse pianist Denis Matsuev will come out with a pairing of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev Piano Concertos on the Mariinsky label in February. In this recording, Matsuev contrasts the two composers' second piano concertos, pieces that are both formidable and unmistakeably Russian in their own way.
The world-wide launch of Colin Currie Records kicks off in March 2018 with the debut album by Colin Currie Group: the ensemble founded by Currie to perform the music of Steve Reich. The recording of Reich’s iconic Drumming (1970-71) was made possible by a crowd-funding campaign which Reich enthusiastically endorsed saying, “It will be, I am sure, the best recording of Drumming ever made.”
On the new distribution agreement, Becky Lees, Head of LSO comments, "LSO Live and our partner labels are delighted to join up with [PIAS] in North America.” In partnering with [PIAS] America, the LSO family of labels joins one of the most respected and selective rosters of independent classical labels including Alia Vox, Channel Classics, harmonia mundi, Hyperion and Onyx Classics.