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News 04/20 –
West Side Story Pre-Order

Dear Reader

Something's coming!
Could be . . .
Who knows? . . .
There's something due any day—
I will know right away.
I got a feeling there's a miracle due,
Gonna come true,
Coming to me!

Support the Arts and Artists - Pre-Order the Album on Orchid Classics

WSSLG Cover Final Gwendolyn Masin

West Side Story.

Perhaps the most iconic musical of the 20th century, and a favourite of mine. I’m so grateful to have been invited to develop and perform this seminal work with the Melisma Saxophone Quartet. That we were able to record this music by Leonard Bernstein —powerful, moving, uplifting, so important at this difficult time for so many of us—fills my senses with the thrill of the new, the hopeful, the energy-driven. This recording was performed live at GAIA Music Festival Oberhofen.

Pre-order the new album here

Please show your love for music, the arts and artists, pre-order the new album here, and stand with us as we sing
There's a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we're halfway there.
Hold my hand and I'll take you there
Some day,

First Listen

West side story promo by Reka Kolonics Gwendolyn Masin

Want a listen before everyone else? Then listen to Prologue here
or to that most beautiful of arias, "Maria. The most beautiful sound I ever heard. Maria!"

Review by Classical CDs Weekly

Gwendolyn Masin for Orchid Classics West Side Story 192 A8140 highres c Pilvax Gwendolyn Masin

... this is exciting, zingy stuff. Violinist Gwendolyn Masin impresses, never more so than in the intro to “America”, when she’s soaring over a carpet of burbling saxes. Huizinga’s leaner textures emphasise how jagged and dissonant parts of this score are. That this is a live recording adds to the performance’s edge and excitement.

Read the original here.