Joan Tower’s five Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman, composed between 1986 and 1993, is one of 25 recordings that have been preserved in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Tower’s work joins such recordings as Johnny Mercer’s “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” the Swan Silvertones’ “Mary Don’t You Weep,” and radio coverage of President Frank D. Roosevelt’s funeral. Deutsche Grammophon president Mark Wilkinson has assumed the role of VP of international strategy and artistic development at Universal Music; he will continue to oversee DG until a successor is found. Patrick Lemanski has been appointed head of classics at Warner Music UK (part of Warner Music Group), taking over from John Kelleher, who is retiring. The soundtrack album to the 2013 film Garrett vs Paganini, featuring violinist David Garrett, has been released on Decca Classics. Seymour: An Introduction—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has been released on the Varèse Sarabande label. The recording features performances and compositions by 88-year-old pianist Seymour Bernstein, the subject of a 2015 documentary film by Ethan Hawke. Berlin Philharmonic oboist Albrecht Mayer has made a recording called Lost and Found, featuring rarely performed 18th-century works by composers such as Antonín Koželuh, Ludwig Lebrun, Franz Anton Hoffmeister, and Joseph Fiala, with musicians from Germany’s Kammerakademia Potsdam.

Posted April 16, 2015