• Transfiguration

    Catalog #: NV6355

    Release Date: July 23, 2021

    21st Century
    Chamber
    Viola

    From online performances to benefit albums, musicians kept their art alive throughout the most dire days of the coronavirus pandemic. Among them are composer Stanley Grill and violist Brett Deubner, who collaborated via remote recording sessions to transform Grill’s multi-instrumental chamber pieces into an intimate collection of multilayered works for viola. The resulting album, TRANSFIGURATION, showcases a singular connection between composer and performer.

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  • Mother Earth

    Catalog #: NV6351

    Release Date: June 25, 2021

    21st Century
    Chamber
    Piano
    Viola

    MOTHER EARTH, the new album from celebrated violist Brett Deubner with PARMA Recordings, reflects humanity’s search for meaning in the midst of loss and mortal frailty. Born out of the strife of 2020, MOTHER EARTH expresses the angst and hope of this deeply challenging period through the language of music. Chant-like meditations, cathartic outpourings, and even a call to arms for environmental justice are only a few of the themes explored in MOTHER EARTH.

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  • Remember

    Catalog #: NV6338

    Release Date: March 12, 2021

    21st Century
    Chamber
    Piano
    Viola

    Stanley Grill’s REMEMBER is presented by Navona Records. Featuring viola and piano, these inventive works aptly demonstrate Grill’s unique style; rooted in his passion for medieval and Renaissance music, his compositions are as pioneering and contemporary as they are fundamentally traditional. Grill’s work focuses particularly on melody, modal harmonies, and contrapuntal, interweaving lines. The result is a musical experience greater than the sum of the instruments involved.

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  • Piano Quartets 1 & 2

    Catalog #: NV6235

    Release Date: June 14, 2019

    21st Century
    Chamber
    Cello
    Piano
    Viola

    It’s almost hard to believe that Andrew Anderson hails from Australia, given how deeply rooted he seems to be in the European High-Romantic tradition. The first quartet in particular is profoundly reminiscent of the virtuoso chamber works of Dussek and Hummel, with a dash of Dvořák for good measure. And yet, its sound is decidedly modern. Not only is the work stunningly well-proportioned, it effortlessly adheres to the classical sonata form – not in a rigid, miniaturized way of imitation, but completely naturally, as if it could only exist in this way and no other.

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  • Spectra II

    Catalog #: NV6188

    Release Date: October 12, 2018

    20th Century
    21st Century
    Chamber
    Solo Instrumental
    Piano
    Viola

    SPECTRA 2 unveils the works of six composers, each of whom tells a unique, memorable story. First up is Elizabeth R. Austin's B-A-C-HOMAGE, an intricately constructed tribute to the German Baroque composer. Based on Bach's name and his "Air on G" respectively, the first and second movement reflect upon the clarity of his work through the lens of Austin's decidedly modern tonal language.

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  • Notes to Loved Ones

    Catalog #: NV6143

    Release Date: March 9, 2018

    21st Century
    Chamber
    Piano
    String Quartet
    Viola

    Up-and-coming composer Peter Dayton makes his Navona Records debut with the release of Notes to Loved Ones, an album of works for piano and strings. Dayton’s style of composition is heavily influenced by people with whom he is fascinated and their works of art.

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  • The Sea Knows

    Catalog #: NV6111

    Release Date: July 14, 2017

    21st Century
    Chamber
    Solo Instrumental
    Cello
    Viola
    Violin

    Michael Kurek’s PARMA Recordings debut, THE SEA KNOWS, is a charming collection of works written with an emphasis on that which is beautiful and emotive. Composing in a tonal idiom reminiscent of the great melodists of the early 20th century, Kurek creates music that tugs at the heartstrings without ever pandering, that is rich in emotive content without feeling sugary. The works on THE SEA KNOWS plumb the depths of musical sensitivity and will appeal to anyone who listens to music seeking intimacy and an emotionally-grounded experience.

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  • Shadowing

    Catalog #: NV6080

    Release Date: March 10, 2017

    21st Century
    Chamber
    Solo Instrumental
    Piano
    Viola
    Violin

    Navona Records proudly presents renowned composer Ruth Lomon’s SHADOWING, her debut album on the label. The release showcases her remarkable skill in writing for the piano, pushing the instrument’s timbre and color to its limits to create animated sound worlds such as those of the title work, Shadowing. Lomon writes of the colors in the piece: “’Shadowing’ means to have such a light touch, such a light tread, that one can move freely through the forest, observing without being observed… It is the equivalent of manifesting and then becoming like smoke, and then manifesting again…”

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  • Circle of Friends

    Catalog #: NV6014

    Release Date: November 13, 2015

    21st Century
    Chamber
    Piano Trio
    Viola

    Trailblazer.  Advocate.  Innovator.  All of these descriptors apply to Grammy Award-winner Libby Larsen, but at the core is the most important title of all:  Artist.  As the first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major orchestra and one of the most performed and prolific composers of our time (she has over 500 works in her catalog, including 15 operas), Larsen has established a permanent place in the annals of American concert music.

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  • Feral Icons

    Catalog #: NV6008

    Release Date: September 11, 2015

    21st Century
    Solo Instrumental
    Viola

    Capturing the viola's rich and haunting quality, composer Peter Vukmirovic Stevens' second release on Navona Records, FERAL ICONS, is a suite of six works for solo viola performed by the extraordinary violist Mara Gearman of Seattle Symphony. The album embodies the raw and expressive energy of Stevens' impassioned compositional style, inviting the listener on an emotional narrative.

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  • Sea of Reeds

    Catalog #: NV5979

    Release Date: November 11, 2014

    21st Century
    Chamber
    Clarinet
    Piano
    Viola

    The clarinet is an essential voice in many genres, from classical and jazz to klezmer and world music, and composer Gerald Cohen calls it one of his favorite instruments: "I love the clarinet for its wide variety of character and dynamics, and its ability to either blend beautifully with other instruments or to stand out in a crowd." Through this affinity, the composer offers new compositions featuring the clarinet in various trio settings on his debut Navona Records release, SEA OF REEDS.

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  • String Quartets

    Catalog #: NV5855

    Release Date: July 1, 2011

    21st Century
    Chamber
    String Quartet
    Viola
    Violin

    Richmond-based composer Elliott Miles McKinley's STRING QUARTETS features three of the composer's string quartets, commissioned by the Martinu String Quartet from Prague. These works span the first decade of the 21st century and show a progression of McKinley's compositional skill, marking him as an innovative composer early in the new millennium.

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