DISCOGRAPHY

These are commercially released recordings of some of my contemporary classical music compositions.     The entry links in the Multi-Composer section give the album title and title of my composition(s) on the album.

Solo Albums

Multi-Composer Albums

Dashing , Vol 3 - featuring  A New World of Justice - The Greatest Gift                                                 Siciliano for Christmas Eve - Gesu Bambino

                                           Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming

                                   

A Grand Journey - featuring Piano Trio No. 1  and  Piano Trio No. 2

Orchestral Masters, Vol. 8 - featuring  Serenata for Strings

 

Woven in Time - featuring Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra

Legends and Light, Vol. 2 - featuring  Voices of the Night

Inviting Worlds, Vol. 1 - featuring  Expansions for Orchestra

Inviting Worlds, Vol. 2 - featuring  Paisano Suite

Bowed Colors - featuring  Sonatina for Viola and Piano

      RICHARD E BROWN

 

VOICES OF THE NIGHT

AND OTHER WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA

                                                       Featuring
VOICES OF THE NIGHT: A NOCTURNAL FANTASY FOR ORCHESTRA
          CONCERTO FOR CLARINET AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
             PAISANO SUITE          EXPANSIONS FOR ORCHESTRA

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With VOICES OF NIGHT, composer Richard E Brown introduces a formidable set of works to American orchestral repertoire. His lush orchestration gives his works depth and texture, while individual instruments cut through to create musical narratives that whisk listeners through lyrical passages and dancelike rhythms. While his pieces thrive on the suspenseful and dramatic, they are by no means a pure emotional onslaught—for every build and crescendo, Brown returns to calmness and simplicity. His ability to wrest control of the orchestra from rafter-shaking crests to gentle melodies provides each piece with breathing room, making them all the more powerful.

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      RICHARD E BROWN

THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

A CHAMBER OPERA IN 1 ACT

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Composer Richard E Brown and Navona Records present THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, a chamber opera in one act that tells the beloved story — first published by O. Henry in 1905 — of a young married couple who, despite being very poor, sacrifice their most cherished possessions to demonstrate their love for one another. This chamber opera adds even greater breadth to the composer’s output, which has also included works for concert band and orchestra, instrumental solos and ensembles, church music, piano solos, and scores for ballet, opera, and musical theater. The virtuosic performances heard on THE GIFT OF THE MAGI lend a moving emotional dimension to this heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting story of love and sacrifice.

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  DASHING, Vol. 3

EVEN MORE SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

                                                   Featuring

            A NEW WORLD OF JUSTICE - THE GREATEST GIFT                                        (Original Compositions for SATB Choir and Piano)        

         SICILIANO FOR CHRISTMAS EVE - GESU BAMBINO                                                   LO, HOW A ROSE E'RE BLOOMING

           (Arrangements of Familiar Carols for Small Brass Ensembles)                 

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Navona Records presents DASHING VOL. 3, a festive assortment of new works inspired by the signature sounds and staples of the holiday season. Comprising stories, nods to classic holiday tunes, and an underlying current of wistful nostalgia, this installment of the DASHING series keeps the spirit of holiday music alive with new compositions and arrangements of well-known favorites. Brought to life by a number of orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choirs, the works of new and returning composers to the series are sure to ignite the charm and congeniality of the holiday season, highlighting the many facets that the bright break of winter can bring.

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A GRAND JOURNEY

WORKS FOR PIANO TRIO & SOLO PIANO

                                                     Featuring
PIANO TRIO No. 1 - KOREANA and PIANO TRIO No. 2 - PASTORAL

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Inspired by traditional melodies and cultural flavors, A GRAND JOURNEY gives us contemporary chamber works by Richard E. Brown, Ovidiu Marinescu, and Mark G. Simon. Performed by internationally acclaimed Trio Casals, these distinct works immerse listeners in varying motifs drawn from diverse cultures, simulating a journey of melodic Korean folk patterns, Greek mythological icons, Irish fiddling, tango, and sensations garnered from the Black Sea and English countryside.

The composers draw upon a wealth of technical knowledge and established forms to bring their musical visions to life. Brown’s Trio No. 1 applies ideas from pentatonic Korean folk songs to strictly crafted chaconne, scherzo, and fugue forms, while Trio No. 2 follows a looser bookended construction with a pastoral sound. Marinescu’s piece, The Journey, refers both to cultural sources and the composer’s own inner journey as he blends classical form, clocklike repetition, tango rhythms, and fiddle tunes to express his ideas. Simon’s Caucasus Sonata is a hair-raising journey of the soul through rock and hard places, demanding virtuosity and stamina from the performer.

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ORCHESTRAL MASTERS, Vol. 8

NEW WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA

 

                                                       Featuring
                                       SERENATA FOR STRINGS

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Another stunning volume of works from composers from around the world.

Martins Vortex Cantabilis is a powerful and colorful setting of a chant written by Alfonso X, the king of Castile in the 13th century.

Following this is the gorgeously colored and atmospheric Blue Fire of Wav Leung William So.

Nardi’s Upon An Ocean is an expressive and tender depiction of the sea coming into storm.

Geng Li’s work A Slow Piece for String Orchestra “January 2020” is a darkly passionate rumination on the world and the manner in which humans impose upon and fight against nature.

Marshall Jones’ Paramnesis is about distorted and lost memories and this becomes a compositional approach for this spectacularly colored and dramatic orchestral essay.

Richard E Brown’s Serenata for Strings is cast in five movements: Prologue, Scherzo, Nocturne, Tarantella and Epilogue. Inward and emotional, this multi-movement work is a powerful statement from a composer of depth and substance.

Ivana Vojnović’s Sinfonietta is a four movement work striking a lighter, more ebullient tone and full of energy, optimism and delightful color.

Listen to these tremendously diverse and talented composers for their remarkably resourceful and inventive use of the tremendous orchestral resource that is the Brno Philharmonic.

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WOVEN IN TIME

CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRAL WORKS

                                            Featuring
CONCERTO FOR CLARINET AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

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An eclectic collection of cultural themes, WOVEN IN TIME is grounded in connections made through distant timestamps. Each piece weaves culture and ideas of the past with a modern approach to composition, revitalizing and repurposing the popular culture and literature of yesterday into contemporary music for our enjoyment today.

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LEGENDS AND LIGHT, Vol. 2

NEW WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA

                                                       Featuring
VOICES OF THE NIGHT - A NOCTURNAL FANTASY FOR ORCHESTRA

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LEGENDS AND LIGHT Vol. 2 from Navona Records leaves no stone unturned. From the vast expansiveness of the open sea to the microscopic particles of our world’s chemical makeup, this follow-up to 2018’s LEGENDS AND LIGHT is an ambitious collection of new works for large ensemble performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Brno Philharmonic. In this album, seven composers offer their insights into the components of our world through music, with works highlighting cultures, locations, forces of nature, and human life. While many of the pieces are arranged for orchestral ensembles, listeners will also find Scottish Great Highland bagpipes and Irish Uilleann pipes featured on the album, offering a deeply rewarding listening experience.

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INVITING WORLDS, Vol. 1

NEW WORKS FOR LARGE ENSEMBLE

 

                                                       Featuring
                                  EXPANSIONS FOR ORCHESTRA

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From the mysterious magic of our darkest corners to the exuberant atmosphere of Carnaval, infinite possibilities lay within INVITING WORLDS from Navona Records. The musical dimensions of several composers are explored by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Festival Orchestra, and the National Moravian-Silesian Theater Choir in this dynamic journey, offering insight into new realms through imaginative approaches to composition. Even in far away lands, close-to-home concepts are explored in thought-provoking soundscapes, showcasing the rhythmic dexterity and textural nuance of today’s orchestras across a wide breadth of compositional styles.

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INVITING WORLDS, Vol. 2

NEW WORKS FOR LARGE ENSEMBLE

                                                       Featuring
                                                  PAISANO SUITE

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Hot on the heels of its first edition, INVITING WORLDS VOL 2 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor with the rhythmic dexterity and textural nuance of today’s orchestras paired with a new roster of composers. New sounds and expressions burst with emotion and uplift us through dark days, navigating uncertainty and delivering us to tranquil resolution. From the frenetic energy and hair raising harmony of Chasse Noir to the soothing solemnity of When Quiet Comes, INVITING WORLDS VOL 2 delivers a colorful palette of orchestral virtuosity sure to please any listener who lends an ear.

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BOWED COLORS

Solo and Chamber Works

Peter Sulski, Viola

 

                        Featuring
SONATINA FOR VIOLA AND PIANO

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British-American violist Peter Sulski demonstrates his instrument's true expressive potential on BOWED COLORS from Navona Records. Sulski, who was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for seven years, has published seminal solo viola recordings of works by Telemann, J. S. Bach, and Hindemith. Combining Sulski's signature sound with the works of five composers, BOWED COLORS delivers an exquisite selection of contemporary solo viola pieces that range from the neoclassical to the just barely tonal, all tightly knit together by Sulski's sublime bow control and finesse as a performer.

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Coming Releases

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                         COMING march 2023

                        richard e brown

        

          trios & sonatinas

        chamber works for piano, strings, and horn

                                  FEATURING:

 

           piano trios no. 1 & 2 - trio for violin, horn, and piano

           sonatina for viola and piano -  sonatina for cello and piano                                 

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                         COMING march 2023

           pinnacle, vol. 3

            CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER WORKS

                                  FEATURING:

 

               TRIO FOR VIOLIN, HORN, AND PIANO