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March 18, 2015

Poems and Prayers in OPERA NEWS 

From their review of Poems and Prayers: "It is startling, to say the least, to hear a large choral symphonic work by an Arab-American composer begin with an urgent, galvanizing setting of the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead...Fairouz’s quest is clearly for something universal, and he achieves exactly that by showing that these diverse strands can be woven into a coherent, original, and quite moving musical tapestry."

August 30, 2013

Radio Interview Today

Our head engineer, Daniel Shores, will be interviewed live today on "Curtain Call" on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 Sonoma County Public Radio from 12:30-1 pm PDT (3:30-4 pm EST). He will be discussing our Pure Audio Blu-ray releases with Charles Sepos. The interview will also be streaming live at and podcasts at

August 29, 2013

Interview with duoW

All this week we're celebrating the release of Entendre by DuoW. Recently we caught up with violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan and cellist Meta Weiss and got a few of our questions answered.

You can find the interview on the Sono Luminus Blog:

August 27, 2013

"Entendre" by duoW

It's new release Tuesday... and we're thrilled to present Entendre by DuoW.

Says reviewer, Joseph Newsome: "Entendre is as enticing an introduction to the artistry of duoW as could be imagined. These young ladies offer playing that goes far beyond the technically-proficient instrumentalism that is heard from so many young players who emerge from the world’s conservatories today. "

Find Mr. Newsome's complete review here:

July 16, 2013

Sono Luminus Super Summer Sale!

With the summer now in full swing, it's time to expand your music library... with almost the entire Sono Luminus catalog on sale! Don't miss your chance to pick up some old favorites as well as recent GRAMMY® nominated albums and artists. 

25% off all Blu-ray™ Surround Sound titles
(excludes new releases and pre-orders)

All other titles up to 50% off 

Offer expires August 30, 2013.

May 1, 2013

Seven-String Guitar Recording Session

Sono Luminus recently hosted a recording session with renowned Russian guitarist, Oleg Timofeyev. Oleg spent a few days with us recording the final tracks for his upcoming multi-disc collection of Russian seven-string guitar music, to be released later this summer.

This will be a fantastic box set, sure to be loved by guitarists, chamber music lovers, and music collectors around the world.

December 17, 2012

Local News Covers Sono Luminus GRAMMY® Nominations

Local television station TV3 Winchester came by the Sono Luminus studios last week to talk with us about our labels' recent nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards.

December 6, 2012

55th Annual GRAMMY® Award Nominations

The nominations for the 2013 GRAMMY® Awards were announced Wednesday night, December 5.
Sono Luminus received a total of 7 GRAMMY® nominations:

Best Surround Sound Album:
Rūpa-khandha - Daniel Shores, Engineer - Los Angeles Percussion Quartet

Best Engineered Classical Album:
Americana - Daniel Shores, Engineer - Modern Mandolin Quartet

Classical Producer of the Year:
Dan Merceruio

In the category for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble, Sono Luminus holds three of the five nominations:

Americana - Modern Mandolin Quartet
Rūpa-khandha - Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands - ZOFOduet

Best Classical Instrumental Solo:
The Complete Harpsichord Works of Rameau - Jory Vinikour

Victor and Marina Ledin of Encore Consultants, LLC, were the producers for the three Sono Luminus projects that were nominated for "Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble". They also received a nomination for Classical Producer of the Year.

The 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will be presented in Los Angeles, CA on February 10, 2013. Congratulations to all the nominees!

December 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck (1920-2012)

All of us at Sono Luminus are very sorry to hear of the passing of Dave Brubeck. He was an incredible musician, a wonderful composer, and a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brubeck family and their friends.

In an effort to honor the memory of Mr. Brubeck, we will be posting a tribute video on the Sono Luminus website within the next couple of days. In the meantime, below is a link to Pacific Mozart Ensemble director Lynne Morrow conducting an interview with Dave Brubeck in 2010.

Dave Brubeck interview with Lynne Morrow: Part One

November 16, 2012

"Brasileiro" Wins Latin GRAMMY®

The 13th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards were held last night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and congratulations go out to Cuarteto Latinoamericano and producer Dan Merceruio for winning a Latin GRAMMY® Award for "Best Classical Album" for Brasileiro: Works of Francisco Mignone.

Like the GRAMMY® Awards, the Latin GRAMMY® recognizes artistic and technical excellence in the recording arts and sciences by peer vote, and has come to represent the height of achievement in Latin recording. Sono Luminus is very proud of Dan and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano for such an outstanding accomplishment!

October 31, 2012

Celebrating the American Spirit

Sono Luminus proudly presents Celebrating the American Spirit, performed by Essential Voices USA and directed by Judith Clurman, which reconfigures musical expressions of nationhood. EVUSA comes together with guest soloists and instrumentalists, including singers Kelli O’Hara and Ron Raines, and composer-arranger Larry Hochman. There is even a new lyric by Sheldon Harnick, the famed lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof. From beginning to end, EVUSA delivers imaginatively conceived performances that articulate new visions of community and civic responsibility in the 21st century.

At the core of the CD is “Sing Out Mr. President”, a series of sixteen newly commissioned works set to quotations by U.S. presidents stretching from George Washington to Barack Obama. Judith Clurman initiated this inventive project in response to 9/11, after she conducted the Juilliard Choral Union in a wrenching memorial concert at a firehouse in New York City. She felt a need to contribute creative responses to the tragedy, and she commissioned a cross-generational group of composers to set presidential texts. Her purpose was at once educational and artistic. Clurman observes, “I wanted a project where high school kids could learn music by living composers at the same time as they studied a president.” The composers involved in the project represent a refreshingly flexible range of aesthetic orientations, stretching from Broadway to the concert hall. Some wrote canons, others ranged freely. The list of composers is a who’s-who of modern composers including Nico Muhly, Samuel Adler, Paul Moravec, and many more.

October 31, 2012


Sono Luminus presents this uniquely engaging collection of music that embodies the American spirit in Americana, the latest release by Modern Mandolin Quartet. The package will be a 2-disc set, containing a Blu-ray™ Surround Sound disc as well as a standard CD.

Expressing their opinion on their choices of musical selections for this album, the quartet writes, “This music attracted us because of the wonderful way it sounds on our instruments, particularly the Dvorák. Since the musical character of the pieces is based on various forms of American music, it lends itself extremely well to the mandolin. While many selections for piano and string music rely on idioms and techniques that may not transpose well to the mandolin, the pieces included on this disc were chosen for their vitality and the way they jumped right off the page.”

Fanfare Magazine exclaims, “MMQ play dead-straight, spot-on, and packed with freshness and vitality of a kind that is rare in material of this type. These are not down-scaled, make-em-easy, just-for-kicks charts either - they are a Major Thing. TRIPLE MUST!”

September 28, 2012

Brubeck & American Poets

Sono Luminus is proud to offer a magnificent collection of works from the hands of Dave Brubeck, brought to life in this debut recording from the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Brubeck & American Poets, under the baton of conductor Lynne Morrow.

Dave Brubeck, revered as a jazz pianist, is a composer of a rich stream of choral music. The music in this recording is varied, with many of the songs evoking the feeling of specific places and emotions. The music can be enjoyed by all; some of it is complex, some youthful and easily accessible. A perusal of Brubeck’s choral catalog shows that most of his lyricists are beloved American poets, including Langston Hughes and Wendell Berry. This disc gives musical form to Brubeck’s love of American poets. His thoughts about the poets and the composition of these works are included in the booklet.

The GRAMMY®-nominated Pacific Mozart Ensemble (PME) and Lynne Morrow have had a long association with Dave Brubeck. Performances of Brubeck’s oratorios and cantatas led to PME’s 2010 recording of his sacred choral works. The Pacific Mozart Ensemble performs in many genres, including jazz. Founded in 1980 by Artistic Director Richard Grant, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble delivers passionate, expert and engaging choral performances of music from Brahms to Brubeck to the Beach Boys. During its time, PME has grown to fill an important role in the cultural life of the San Francisco Bay Area, presenting courageous and innovative programs of many works that have never been performed in concert settings.

August 6, 2012

But Not Forgotten: Music by African-American Composers for Clarinet & Piano

Past and present come together in this vibrant release from Sono Luminus, But Not Forgotten: Music by African-American Composers for Clarinet & Piano, as clarinetist Marcus Eley, and pianist Lucerne DeSa display the timeless class and musical stylings of composers whose music runs rich with the knowledge and desire of gifts to be returned through the notes on a page, and the instrument in one’s hand.

Marcus Eley writes, “For many years, I have had the privilege of performing recitals featuring African-American composers for clarinet and piano. I have felt these composers needed an advocate, a champion, to make certain their compositions for my instrument were not ignored. In current classical or “art music”, there is little representation in mainstream recorded music of these composers for clarinet. This recording, although reflective of the collection of works for clarinet and piano by African-American composers, is merely a sample of the total body of material that has remained largely untapped. I want this CD of clarinet and piano music to celebrate these worthy composers. Further, it is my desire that their unique voices are heard, and not forgotten.”

August 6, 2012

Two Lutes: Lute Duets from England’s Golden Age

Sono Luminus is proud to release Two Lutes: Lute Duets from England’s Golden Age, a wonderful collection of enchanting music performed by lute virtuosos Ronn McFarlane and William Simms.

As stated by Ronn McFarlane, “Elizabethan lute duets yield the most companionable and friendly kind of music-making for the players. In equal duets each lutenist plays nearly the same music, alternating playing the melody and the harmonic accompaniment. It feels like a conversation, with each lutenist posing musical questions and answers throughout. Each player is free to improvise upon the written part, so the conversation can be very individual and spontaneous! On the other hand, in the treble-ground style of lute duet, one lutenist plays a single line melodic part (usually including some virtuosic passages) while the second lutenist plays a chordal accompaniment. Sometimes the chordal accompaniment is very simple and repetitive, and it is likely that a skilled player would vary his part to make a more musically satisfying accompaniment.”

GRAMMY®-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute - the most popular instrument of the Renaissance - into today’s musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience. Ronn has a long recording history with the (Dorian) Sono Luminus label, most recently with his GRAMMY® nominated Indigo Road (DSL-90701), One Morning (DSL-92111) featuring the ensemble Ayreheart, and The Art of Vivaldi's Lute (DSL-92132), performed with The Bach Sinfonia.

William Simms is an active performer of early music. Equally adept at lute, theory and baroque guitar, he appears regularly with the Bach Sinfonia, Apollo’s Fire, Harmonious Blacksmith, and The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

May 11, 2012

Mind Meld

Musical compatriots. Collaborators. Teachers. Friends. Pianists. These are the links that bound the four remarkable 20th century composers, whose one-piano-four-hands works are brought together by Sono Luminus on Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands, the first CD from the dynamic ZOFO duet. Whether performing public duet concerts together or using the piano four-hands form to explore their symphonic visions, Bernstein, Shapero, Debussy and Stravinsky all understood the musical power of sharing the bench.

When internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi joined forces to form ZOFO duet in the spring of 2009, their goal was to explore and enrich the one-piano-four-hands repertoire by performing and recording existing and new works at the highest level of musical excellence.  The pieces they chose for their first public performance as a professional ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory in the fall of 2009 were by Leonard Bernstein, Harold Shapero, Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky – four highly influential composers of the 20th century who knew each other, learned from each other, sometimes performed together, and embraced the piano four - hands form.  Since their concert debut in 2009 ZOFO has performed dozens of concerts with repertoire ranging from Johannes Brahms to Tomohiro Moriyama, and in venues from San Francisco to Carnegie Hall to Osaka Japan. But for this, their first CD, Eva-Maria and Keisuke return to the four composers and magnificent pieces that launched them on their career as ZOFO duet.

May 11, 2012


Sono Luminus is proud to release this first major studio release by the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Rūpa-khandha, as it promises a fantastic listening experience. As one of the new percussion recordings produced in surround sound, the listener is placed among a sonic landscape of sublime, visceral, and exotic percussion instruments, with the full force of the quartet’s technique and artistry applied in interpreting four evocative, award-winning, and never before recorded works. Considering the combination of hundreds of individual instrumental colors and the LAPQ’s formidable talent, Rūpa-khandha promises to be among the most sophisticated and aurally stunning recordings of percussion chamber music. 

The package is a 2-disc set,  containing a Blu-ray™ Surround Sound disc as well as a standard stereo CD.

April 02, 2012

Ronn McFarlane on Oregon Art Beat

GRAMMY® nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane was recently featured on the PBS television show Oregon Art Beat. Ronn discusses his musical origins, his love of lute music, and plays selections from his recent albums One Morning and the GRAMMY® nominated Indigo Road.

February 29, 2012

Le Bestiaire

Immerse yourself in the world premiere release of this fascinating and spellbinding album of political satire, fables, and lessons learned through animal personification. Welcome to the world that is Le Bestiaire, ingeniously depicted by soprano Céline Ricci with her pianist and collaborator, Daniel Lockert.

Céline Ricci has been complimented for her “faultless breath control, total security, and perfect round tone”, and brings an expressive, tasteful interpretation to these never before recorded works.

Daniel Lockert, a multi-talented pianist/collaborator, has been praised for exhibiting a strong sense of rhythm, lovely variety of touches, and a convincing sense of historical style.

The critically acclaimed and extremely well-received Cirque (DSL-92125) was the first album released by this incredible duo, and Sono Luminus is very excited to share this world premiere recording project, Le Bestiaire.

February 29, 2012

Still Sound

Sono Luminus is proud to present the final album in Bruce Levingston’s three-part series, Still Sound. This powerful yet intimate project, brilliantly executed by the pianist whose performances have been described as “graceful”, “dreamy”, and “hauntingly serene”, contains intimate works featuring world premiere recordings of Pulitzer Prize-winner William Bolcom’s “New York Lights” written for Bruce Levingston, and Augusta Gross’ new works inspired by Satie and Pärt.

Reflecting on this album, Levingston writes, “As I first listened to this collection of intimate, gentle music, I kept thinking how much it evokes a feeling of timelessness and stillness. From the minimal sounds of Arvo Pärt and Erik Satie to the reflective pieces of Augusta Gross and William Bolcom, each work, their harmonic and rhythmic movement notwithstanding, suggests a kind of spiritual stasis. Even the Romantic works of Schubert and Chopin, with their moments of surging emotion, possess magical, hypnotic qualities that lull the listener into a state of calm. The consistent impression of tranquility and serenity in these beautiful works led me to call this album Still Sound.”

Levingston’s first CD for Sono Luminus, Heart Shadow (DSL-92137), was comprised of three major piano works inspired by literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It received high critical acclaim and was named “Album of the Week” by New York City’s WQXR. Zachery Lewis of The Cleveland Pain Dealer called Levingston’s account of Schumann’s “Kreisleriana” “vivid and richly expressive, a notable reading” and Levingston’s world premiere recording of Bielawa and Wuorinen “a gripping, dynamic performance”. The second album in this triptych, Nightbreak (DSL-92144), contains Mr. Levingston’s signature creative programming with elegant and poetic interpretations of nocturnes and waltzes by Liszt, Brahms and Wolfgang Rihm. In addition, he has recorded Liszt’s magnificent, impressionistic “Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este”, a tour de force of color and chiaroscuro in sound.

Still Sound is the flawless final installment in Bruce Levingston’s richly diverse and dynamically engaging series, and completes a collection of works that is an absolute must-have for piano music lovers of all ages around the world.

February 1, 2012

Brasileiro: Works of Francisco Mignone

In their latest release with Sono Luminus, the celebrated artists of Cuarteto Latinoamericano have brought together a stunning collection of selections from Brazil, entitled Brasileiro: Works of Francisco Mignone. Joining them for the Seresta No. 2 is the talented La Catrina Quartet.

The incredible musicianship and virtuosity that one has come to expect from the Cuarteto evidences itself through the emotional sincerity and range of dynamic expression woven throughout this incredible project. Sono Luminus is very happy to present this collection of works by masterful composer, Francisco Mignone, brilliantly executed by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano.

December 22, 2011

El Mundo Nominated for GRAMMY®

Sono Luminus invites you to dive deeper into our album, The Kingdoms of Castille, by 2011 GRAMMY®-nominated group El Mundo. Discover conductor and guitarist Richard Savino’s insights into why he chose this music for the album, and how it became such a large part of his life.

Tell us about the 2011 GRAMMY®-nominated cd The Kingdoms of Castille, by El Mundo, on Sono Luminus.

This is a project/topic that I have been exploring for years. What I like to do is find a specialized subject, and then immerse myself in it. I have done this with my solo recordings, as well as my chamber music recordings.

So what area did you delve into?

For this cd, I wanted to explore the vibrant musical cultures that existed in the different centers of Spanish power in the 17th and 18th centuries. Although Spain’s military and political power had diminished somewhat, they still had a worldwide empire. So I chose music from the regions that Spain ruled: the south of Italy, South America, Mexico/Guatemala, and Spain itself. It was a very exciting project to pursue.

What other recordings have you made?

Last year Sono Luminus released El Mundo’s premiere recording of a late 17th century zarzuela by Sebastián Durón, Salir el Amor del Mundo, and just before that they released my solo recording of baroque guitar sonatas by Ludovico Roncalli.

Why Italian-Spanish-Latin early music?

Because it is so vibrant…it is the one so-called “classical music” style that has a very contemporary feel to it. Harmonically, rhythmically, and melodically, it is a vibrant musical vernacular.

Is there such a thing as “early music”?

I tend to not like this term. I prefer to use terms that refer to epochs, like baroque and classical, and then compliment that with the philosophy known as “performance practice.” The term “early music” puts this repertoire into a ghetto.

What do the walls look like around this ghetto?

Riempito di graffiti - filled with graffiti. I’m kidding, but for years there was an element of being in a small neighborhood, with club-like allegiances. And then there were the “early music narcs,” who would have loved to bust you for not playing on the right instrument with the exact tuning for, let’s say, music from Bologna in 1659.

While I am all for coming as close as one can to replicating a performing aesthetic, I don’t believe that we can ever truly recreate what occurred in early epochs, nor should that be a goal. If it were, then there would be no personal artistic identity in performing and recording this music.

From this I developed my own personal mantra: Dogma is the antithesis of art!

Why this music for you?

Well, first of all, I don’t play exclusively what has been described as “early music.” I play a lot on period instruments, and certainly subscribe to the philosophy of “performance practice” - but I also love playing and recording 19th century Romantic music, and late 18th century Classical works. I have recorded an extensive number of works by the great 19th century guitarist Mauro Giuliani, including his most famous Opus 30 concerto. It’s the only recording on a period instrument with the original orchestration and NO cuts. I’ve also recorded solo romantic character pieces by Johann Mertz, the complete quintets for guitar and strings by Luigi Boccherini, virtuoso sonatas of Paganini and Giuliani, and the solo Mexican Baroque guitar music of Santiago de Murcia. Next year, I hope to record the guitar music of Angel Barrios, from Granada, Spain. He was a close friend of Manuel DeFalla.

What about Caribbean and African influences in this music?

This is a very complicated and interesting subject. First, not all Latin American music has what we would call Caribbean and African influences. Some of this music has indigenous hallmarks, but almost all of it has a “Hispanic” influence. What I find most interesting is how the music from Spain was influenced by other cultural models. For example, on El Mundo’s new cd, The Kingdoms of Castille, I wanted to examine how music varied throughout the Spanish Vice-Royalties: the music of Naples is different from the music of Guatemala, and the music from each of those is different from the music composed in Spanish missions. Yet throughout, one can find a thread that unites them all: the “Spanish” characteristics.

How much did the music vary from region to region?

As I mentioned before, there are specific qualities to the music from each of these areas, and even more to particular cities. For example, in the 17th and 18th centuries, Mexico City, Guatemala City, and Lima, Peru were very cosmopolitan, yet very much under the influence of Spain. Whereas Oaxaca, the Jesuit missions in Paraguay, and the coastal Caribbean cities of Veracruz and Havana had different kinds of populations. The former had large indigenous populations, and the latter had a much stronger African influence.

How does the 18th century Spanish guitar link these regional differences?

Ah…yes, the Spanish baroque guitar, or let’s just say the baroque guitar. This guitar differs from the modern guitar in that it has five sets of double strings, and is more lightly strung. It is a great instrument for articulating rhythm with complicated strumming patterns, but can also play very delicate solo passages.  As the Baroque guitar evolved into the basic Spanish instrument that we have today, there are versions of the baroque guitar that stayed on, and only slightly morphed in Latin America. In particular the jarana, which is a five double-stringed kind of guitar that is played regularly in Veracruz, Mexico; or the Puerto Rican cuarto, or the Cuban tres.

What similarities exist between modern music and “early” Spanish/Latin music in the areas of improvisation and rhythm?

To the surprise of most musicians, quite a lot! When I play, I’m just looking at a lead sheet, and I make up most of what I play. On The Kingdoms of Castile, there is a folia that has no guitar part at all, but any knowledgeable musician would have been expected to know how to play a folia, like a modern rock guitarist should be able to play a blues, or a jazz player should know the chord changes to I’ve Got Rhythm.  And the same is true for most of the other musicians. Yes, there are some parts written out, but we screw around with them all the time….

What is old and new or not-old about this music?

Interestingly, much of this music has at its core some very simple harmonic chord progressions: the basic I-IV-V, or the I-vi-IV-V, both of which are used extensively in popular music: blues and soft rock changes. But it’s how these are manipulated and rhythmically articulated that makes them sound so different.

Is it hard for modern ears to hear it?

Not hard at all. Much of this music sounds like really good contemporary popular music.

What lessons are there for modern music performers in this repertoire?

The most important lesson that I have learned is how to be spontaneous and incorporate elements of improvisation into my music, as well as understanding the freedom and flexibility that exists in the scoring of these works. Many come to us as sketches, and it is the responsibility of the performer to become a quasi-composer/musicologist in re-creating them.  And while there is a lot of flexibility here, one must approach this task from a perspective of knowledge.

December 5, 2011

GRAMMY® Nominations

Congratulations to Richard Savino's El Mundo for their nomination for Best Small Ensemble on Kingdoms of Castille

Congratulations also to those nominated for Producer of the Year: Judith Sherman for Claude Frank: 85th Birthday Celebration, Peter Rutenberg for The Vanishing Nordic Chorale, and David Frost for Prayers & Alleluias

Thank you GRAMMY® community for your nominations!

November 30, 2011

Ames Piano Quartet Review

The Ames Piano Quartet earned a rave review in Fanfare magazine for their CD, Mozart ~ Hummel ~ Beethoven.

The review boasts,  "The long-established and estimable Ames Quartet is at the top of its formidable game here"! 

Read the full article:

November 21, 2011

Critical Models: Chamber Works of Mohammed Fairouz

In his first release with Sono Luminus, young New York composer Mohammed Fairouz compiles a breathtaking collection of music in Critical Models: Chamber Works of Mohammed Fairouz, showcasing the versatility and raw passion that makes him one of the most frequently performed composers of his generation.  

Straddling Eastern and Western idioms, Mohammed Fairouz has emerged as a force on the musical scene. Praised by the New York Times as “warmly sympathetic” and “brilliantly handled”, his music has been received at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center and internationally throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

Don’t miss the debut album of the "Chamber Works of Mohammed Fairouz"!

November 21, 2011


Sono Luminus has just released the second installment in our three-part series with acclaimed pianist, Bruce Levingston.  Entitled Nightbreak, this album captures a panoramic range of colors and emotions, from the dramatic sound-portraits of Franz Liszt’s powerful and moving “Vallée d’Obermann” and Brahms anguished “Edward” Ballade to the world premiere recording of Philip Glass’s brilliant and thrilling “Dracula Suite”. “Nightbreak also contains Mr. Levingston’s signature creative programming with elegant and poetic interpretations of nocturnes and waltzes by Liszt, Brahms and Wolfgang Rihm. In addition, he has recorded Liszt’s magnificent, impressionistic “Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este”, a tour de force of color and chiaroscuro in sound.  

This is an incredibly emotive project that is paving the way for the spellbinding conclusion to this series, “Still Sound”, that will be released in February 2012!! 

November 17, 2011

Sono Luminus Holiday Sale

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Sono Luminus is having a sale, with many titles at 50% off!

Stock up on a wide variety of compilations, box sets, special recordings and more... from such artists as Ronn McFarlane, Ames Piano Quartet, and Claude Frank!

This is the perfect time to pick up some great music for that afficionado in your life! Just visit our online store, and choose from our Sale Items!


October 27, 2011

Anton Arensky

Sono Luminus is proud to be a part of the Ying Quartet’s commitment to expanding the rich string quartet repertoire with their latest release, Anton Arensky.  This is an album that runs the full gamut, from brilliantly vibrant, to deep and lyrical, to full-blooded and passionate.

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music genre, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music. Sono Luminus is extremely excited to present this exceptional album to our listening audiences worldwide. 

October 27, 2011


Who is Aldo López Gavilán? What are the raves all about? At a very early age it was obvious that he was a prodigy, a wunderkind. Some called him “the Caribbean Mozart”. That’s because Aldo started composing when he was barely five years old. At six he began performing in public. At twelve he played Mozart’s 13th piano concerto and at seventeen he stunned the world with his performance of Prokofiev’s 3rd with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Sono Luminus is very excited to present this spectacular release of solo works by Aldo Gavilan, entitled, “Soundbites”.  On this album, the listener will be entranced as Aldo explores the limits of what a concert Hamburg Steinway can do. Matters not what your predilections may be – classical, jazz, or anything else – prepare yourself for a listening feast of highest order.  Enjoy!!  

September 29, 2011

The Kernis Project: Beethoven

Sono Luminus is proud to introduce a stunning new talent to the label, The Jasper String Quartet, with their debut album “The Kernis Project: Beethoven."

Pairing Beethoven’s extremely well received “Op. 59 No.3” as the inspiration for contemporary composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ “String Quartet No. 2, The Jasper Quartet displays flawless musical mastery and comprehension.  This is truly an album that will thrill and impress listeners for years to come!

September 29, 2011

Hahn ~ Schmitt ~ Dubois

Sono Luminus has once again partnered with the Ames Piano Quartet to create their latest release, “Hahn - Schmitt – Dubois”, a celebration of the masterful work of composer Théodore Dubois and two of his most gifted students, Reynaldo Hahn and Florent Schmitt. With the relational combination of these musical works executed by one of the few professional touring piano quartets in the world, The Ames Piano Quartet continues to uphold their legacy as “one of the most heavenly combinations of instruments around” (The Washington Post). This sonic treat is a delightful follow-up to the Ames Piano Quartet’s celebrated “Mozart - Hummel – Beethoven” (DSL-92120).

September 29, 2011

Liszt, Haydn, Schubert

One of the greatest musical artists of modern Turkey, Gülsin Onay is an exceptional phenomenon, and Sono Luminus is excited to release her latest project, “Liszt, Haydn, Schubert”. 

Listeners will marvel at the kaleidoscopic range of colours she can produce from the instrument, with her unique touch in which even the least important, fleeting note has its own special meaning.  Enjoy this spectacular album of prodigious playing and the truly incredible musicianship of Gülsin Onay! 

September 21, 2011

Violin for One

Combining intimacy with virtuosity, the Russian violinist Stanislav (Stass) Pronin engages with Sono Luminus to release an incredible and stimulating debut recording of solo violin works. Despite his young age, Stanislav Pronin has already established himself as one of the most brilliant violinists of his generation, proving his concentration and prowess by performing both parts on Prokofiev's "Sonata for Two Violins".

We are extremely excited to provide the listener with the opportunity to hear the grand results of a marriage of incredible talent and relentless passion, embodied fully by Stanislav Pronin on Violin for One.

September 21, 2011

An Italian in Vienna - Duos by Mauro Giuliani

The stunningly beautiful album, An Italian in Vienna: Duos by Mauro Giuliani calls special attention to the operatic, bel canto tradition that was the major fabric of Mauro Giuliani’s artistic heritage.

With the gifted musical contributions of violist Louise Schulman and guitarist Bill Zito, this exquisite project pulses with life and a level of character and expressivity that perfectly complements the virtuosic Duos of Mauro Giuliani.

Don’t miss our teaser trailer for this fantastic release! 

July 15, 2011

Russian Viola Sonatas

Multi-GRAMMY® nominated violist Eliesha Nelson teams up with pianist Glen Inanga to present a unique and eclectic program of early 20th century Russian viola masterworks— bridging pre-Revolutionary Russian viola pieces and early Soviet period compositions with 2 world premiere recordings that will give a glimpse into the rich musical tradition of Russia during that time period. 

A follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works, Russian Viola Sonatas highlights yet another side to the brilliance and passion of one of the world’s finest violists. For a glimpse behind the scenes with our distinguished performers, see our latest Russian Viola Sonatas video spot!

May 31, 2011

The Kingdoms of Castille

Colorful and diverse, The Kingdoms of Castille is the next installment from Richard Savino and the group El Mundo. Presenting repertory from 16th-19th century Italy, Spain and Latin America, El Mundo captivates the listener with a richness and sensuality that will intrigue and delight audiences everywhere. 

Along with this new release, be sure to check out our video montage set to the music of The Kingdoms of Castille, as we explore the symbolic and emotive responses that music inspires in us from across the ages.

April 28, 2011

Cuarteto Latinoamericano recording

Sono Luminus has just released its next album in the striking series from Cuarteto LatinoamericanoMexican Romantic Quartets is a collection of elegant pieces, many of which have never been heard outside of Mexico, which showcases all the lush sounds of the late romantics with a special passion that only comes from South of the border.

Along with the new release of this incredible album, we recently finishing recording the third installment in this exciting series. Consisting of Brazilian music for string quartets, this up and coming disc was an absolute delight to record, and promises to be an engaging and inspiring listening experience for audiences all across the world.  Be sure to take a look at our video to get behind the scenes with members of Cuarteto Latinoamericano!

April 8, 2011

Céline Ricci Recording Session

Sono Luminus has just finished a wonderful recording session with the stunningly matched musical team of soprano Céline Ricci and pianist Daniel Lockert. This new project, consisting of animal-themed personifications based on French poetry of the early 20th century, lies well in line with our newly released first album with this duo. The initial project, entitled Cirque, embraces the French style mélodie exceedingly well, and provides a lot of room for “character development” on the part of the musicians.

Cirque is already garnering extremely positive critiques and reviews.  Whole Note – Toronto raves:

“…Céline Ricci conjures up the carnival atmosphere of the streets of 1920s Paris with songs
of the era weaving a smoky screen of mesmerizing inventions and illusions”,


“Pianist Daniel Lockert adds a dash of panache to the scene…”

Steve Arloff, from MusicWeb International, in reference to Céline Ricci’s approach and style to the music, boasts,

“…(Céline Ricci) uses a different style of singing that more befits songs of
this nature and does the songs credit, making them immediately accessible…”,


“She is keenly and sympathetically accompanied by Daniel Lockert in a programme
of delightful discoveries and the disc deserves to do well.”

We at Sono Luminus are extremely excited about the newly released Cirque, and are looking forward to the completion of our next installment in this engaging series.

February 14, 2011


Congratulations to Leslie Ann Jones, Brandie Lane, Kory Kruckenberg & David Sabee for their win at the GRAMMY® Awards for Best Engineered Classical Album last night for their amazing work on "Quincy Porter - The Complete Viola Works". Also many congratulations to Eliesha Nelson, John McLaughlin Williams and the Northwest Sinfonia for their stellar performance on this remarkable album.

We would also like to congratulate David Frost for his win of Classical Producer of the Year. David was the producer on our releases of The Old Burying Ground, and Prayers and Alleluias.

Again congratulations to all of our artists that were nominated this year and to all of last nights winners!.

January 24, 2011

Canadian pianist Antonin Kubalek dies

We at Sono Luminus send all of our thoughts to Mr. Kubalek's family at this time of their loss. This great artist will be missed.

January 7, 2011

A New Year, A New Name - Dorian Sono Luminus is now SONO LUMINUS

As many of you know, in 2005 Sono Luminus, LLC., of Virginia purchased Dorian Recordings. Since that time, we have released titles under the Dorian Sono Luminus label. We felt that the continued use of the Dorian name would facilitate the reintroduction of the Dorian back-catalog into the marketplace, as well as to assure both distributors and end-consumers that we recognize the technical contribution Dorian made to the classical recording marketplace. The combined logo illustrated our commitment to the Dorian legacy as well as our own unique emphasis on recording everything for future release in the highest-quality discrete multichannel formats.

The significant artistic and technical advances evident in the recordings produced by Sono Luminus over the last five years since acquiring Dorian demonstrate a clear vision of programming and "performance fidelity" audio quality that differs from the Dorian era in a very positive way. While Dorian leaves a very proud history, it's time to move on.

As the next evolutionary step for the label, effective January 2011, we will be dropping the Dorian from our name and will be Sono Luminus. The logo will remain substantially the same (the orignial combined Dorian Sono Luminus logo with the same upper left hand placement on the CDs), however with the name "Dorian" removed. Every release from February 2011 forward will bear the new logo.

All past Dorian Recordings and Dorian Discovery releases will keep their logos unless they are remastered or repurposed for a future compilation or boxed set (the boxed sets being part of the “Best of Dorian” series).

We appreciate all of the help and support you have shown us over the past years and look forward to a great future going forward. We have a spectacular year of new releases planned as well an aggressive schedule of unique thematic compilations.

Here's to an exciting 2011!

Daniel Shores
Managing Director
Sono Luminus

December 2nd, 2010

And the Nominees are...

We would like to congratulate all of the artists and all those who on worked on this year's GRAMMY® Nominated albums. The following artists and albums were nominated for awards in the following categories:

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Leslie Ann Jones, Kory Kruckenberg & David Sabee, engineers (Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams)

Best Opera Recording

Matthew Dirst, conductor; Jamie Barton & Ava Pine; Keith Weber, producer (Ars Lyrica Houston)

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)

Track from: 
John McLaughlin Williams, conductor; Eliesha Nelson (Northwest Sinfonia) 

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)

Sarah Schuster Ericsson

Best Chamber Music Performance

Marc Regnier (Tacy Edwards, Natalia Khoma & Marco Sartor)

Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams (Douglas Rioth; Northwest Sinfonia)

And congratulations to our A&R consulting team, Marina and Victor Ledin, for their Nomination 
(6 of their listed productions were Sono Luminus releases):

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Dave Brubeck: Songs Of Praise (Lynne Morrow, Richard Grant, Quartet San Francisco & The Pacific Mozart Ensemble)
• If I Were a Bird: A Piano Aviary (Michael Lewin)
• Kletzki: Piano Concerto (Joseph Banowetz, Thomas Sanderling & Russian Philharmonic Orchestra)
Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works Viola Works (Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams)
• Rubinstein: Piano Music (1852-1894) (Joseph Banowetz)
• Rubinstein: Piano Music (1871-1890) (Joseph Banowetz)
20th Century Harp Sonatas (Sarah Schuster Ericsson)

November 16th, 2010

New Reviews for the Ames Piano Quartet and The Washington Chorus

Check out these recent reviews for the Ames Piano Quartet box set from Music Web International (Click Here), and for The Washington Chorus' new Christmas album (Click Here).

October 26th, 2010

Our new site is Live!!!

After many long months and a lot of hard work, our new website is up and running. Please check out the new search feature, category sorting and artists pages. More information will be placed on the site including links to our distributors and partner organizations, as well as new artist information and Tour Dates.

We hope you enjoy the new site and want you to have the best possible shopping experience. If you see errors in the site, or have suggestions on future improvements, please contact us and let us know at

October 26th, 2010

Sono Luminus has a new facility

Constructed in 1917, this 9000+ Square foot church will be transformed into the new studios for Sono Luminus. The facility will feature 2 recording spaces. 

The first of the two spaces is the former Sanctuary (Studio A). This room features 10 inch thick plaster walls, stunning stained glass windows, a beautiful pipe organ, wood floors, and a wood ceiling that peaks at 25 feet high. 

The second of the two spaces will be the former Rectory Hall (Studio B). This room features a wonderful raised stage, wood paneling, wood floors, an 18 foot ceiling, and a very cool control room over looking the space from one floor above. 

Over the next few months we will be moving all of our operations there including our graphics and video staff. We are very excited about this transition and look forward to making many great recordings in these spaces.