New York by way of Sweden

September 30, 2011

Today, NYP embarks on a great adventure: we fly to Sweden to record our debut CD for acclaimed record label BIS Records.

This afternoon we fly from JFK to Stockholm.  From there, we drive roughly 80 km northeast to the village of Länna where we’ll spend 8 days recording in a beautiful 14th century stone church.  (It’s referred to as the Länna kyrka, if you’re interested.)  After competing with the noise of New York City on our past two discs, we’re very much looking forward to working in a pristine, uncompromised acoustic environment!  The CD–produced by acclaimed producer/ engineer Jens Braun–will feature the music of the Franco-Flemish Renaissance– works by Crecquillon, Brumel and Clemens.

We are in the process of devising creative ways to share the experience of recording in Länna with you.  If we can get the technology sorted out, we will be sure to let everyone know where to point your browser of choice.  Stay tuned.

It would be a profound understatement to say that we’re very excited to be joining the roster of BIS Records, so I won’t even bother.  I’ll let you read the official press release instead…


BIS Records Signs Acclaimed Classical Vocal Quartet New York Polyphony

New York, New York – September 25, 2011 – Male classical vocal quartet New York Polyphony, who received international acclaim with the CDs I sing the birth (2007) and Tudor City (2010), has signed an exclusive recording contract with BIS Records. Slated for Spring 2012 release, their first album on BIS will feature rare and never-before recorded works from the Franco-Flemish Renaissance by composers Thomas Crecquillon, Antoine Brumel and Jacob Clemens non Papa.

Founded in 2006, New York Polyphony has emerged as one of the preeminent vocal chamber ensembles in the fields of early and new music. Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (National Public Radio), the four men scored a hit with their current CD Tudor City, spending three weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard magazine’s classical album chart.

The ensemble maintains an active performing schedule and has participated in major concert series and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Miller Theatre Early Music Series at Columbia University, Dallas Chamber Music Series, Ireland’s Pipeworks and Ardee Baroque Festivals, and the Vestfold Festspillene in Tønsberg, Norway. Future engagements include the premiere of Gregory Brown’s Missa Charles Darwin, a secular Mass setting based on Darwin’s On The Origin Of Species at TEDx Woods Hole, Massachusetts; a residency at Dartmouth College November 2011 and an appearance at the Festival de Música de Morelia, Mexico.

In February of this year, New York Polyphony signed a worldwide general management contract with Opus 3 Artists.

BIS Records, founded in 1973 by its current president Robert von Bahr, has developed a reputation for recording eclectic repertoire, including early music as well as works by many contemporary composers, ranging from Kalevi Aho to Christopher Rouse. The more than 1,500 titles in the BIS catalogue also include many mainstays of the concert hall, from a Tchaikovsky cycle with Neeme Järvi to a Bach Cantata cycle with the Bach Collegium Japan, as well as Osmo Vänskä conducting Minnesota Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphonies. Based in Sweden, the label also has a strong suit in Nordic repertoire, crowned by the recently completed Sibelius Edition, comprising 68 discs with all the music the composer ever wrote. The enterprising choice of repertoire as well as the superior sound quality of its releases has made BIS one of the most highly respected record labels internationally.