Discography

 

Sammartini, Locatelli, Torelli, & Corelli: Christmas Concertos

Released November 21, 2015

Performed on period instruments, Mercury presents an approachable, fresh and energetic take on these magnificent Christmas Concertos by Baroque masters.

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Schubert & Mendelssohn: Death and the Maiden

Released November 22, 2014

Mercury’s first Romantic recording features one of the best-loved string quartets, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, as arranged for strings by Gustav Mahler, alongside Mendelssohn's nimble and delightful Third Quartet.

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“Mendelssohn's Quartet in D major gains a fiery streak from the orchestra's boldness, but the gleaming tone and breezy virtuosity ensure the composer's joyfulness prevails.”

– Steven Brown, Houston Chronicle


 

Mozart: A Little Night Music

Released September 1, 2012

One of Mozart’s most lauded works and a perennial audience favorite, Eine kleine Nachtmusik, is featured on this album of Mozart divertimenti and serenades.  

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Rameau: Les Indes Galantes

Released May 11, 2012

A dramatic orchestral suite from the opéra-ballet by the French composer and theorist Rameau, vividly brought to life by the energetic Mercury musicians.  

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Vivaldi: L’estro Armonico

Released September 1, 2010

Highly acclaimed by critics from around the world, Mercury’s recording features Vivaldi’s dazzling set of concerti for one, two or four violin soloists.  Mercury recorded these epic Violin Concertos by Vivaldi in March 2010, with soloists Jonathan Godfrey, Oleg Sulyga, Noel Martin and Hae-a Lee on violin and Barrett Sills on cello.

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“Overall the playing is smart and crisp, very cleanly articulated and appropriately vivacious, the ensemble work exemplary, just what is required for exciting Vivaldi performance.”

–David Vernier, Classics Today


 

G. F. Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6

Released September 5, 2009

Mercury’s strings, the core of the ensemble, show their virtuosity and musicality in six of the twelve concerti from Handel’s Opus 6. This recording features Mercury’s own Jonathan Godfrey and Oleg Sulyga, violins, and Barrett Sills, cello.

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Handel: Acis and Galatea

Released May 2, 2008

One of Handel’s highest regarded operas, this period-performance recording features Ana Treviño-Godfrey as Galatea, Karim Sulayman as Acis and Sam Handley as Polypheme.  

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Vivaldi & Piazzolla: 8 Seasons

Released May 28, 2004

Recorded live in 2003, this riveting album pairs Vivaldi’s well-known Four Seasons with the Four Seasons of 20th-century Argentinean tango composer Astor Piazzolla.  Features Antoine Plante on bandoneon and Jonathan Godfrey on violin. 

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Latest News

Mercury traverses American music in multimedia concert

DECEMBER 14, 2016

Join a voyage through America’s past in Mercury’s next multimedia-infused concert American Skies on Saturday, January 14 at 8 p.m. at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Director Denis Plante collaborate again to create a concert experience melding shadow dance, stunning images, and inspiring music, in a journey through America’s ingenuity and innovation. The audience will travel from the Ice Age to the New World to Ellis Island with the growing iconic New York skyline, and will witness the thrilling tension of man’s race towards sky and space from Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first flight to NASA’s mission to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Sure to be another audience-favorite, this dramatic concert features music inspired by America including works by Dvořák, Gershwin, Barber, and Glass. This concert is made possible in part by the Houston Arts Alliance and the Houston Endowment. 

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Mercury celebrates the season with Vivaldi's Gloria

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

 

Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury bring Vivaldi’s Gloriato the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater on December 10 at 8 p.m. in a festive Baroque program. Joined by soloists Teresa Wakim(soprano), Abigail Fischer (mezzo-soprano) and members of the Houston Symphony Chorus under director Betsy Cook Weber, the ensemble performs one of music’s most uplifting choral works – full of high drama and musical fireworks. Experience this dazzling work paired with Vivaldi’s Lauda Jerusalem (Psalm 147), RV 609, and Concerto for Sopranino Recorder in C major, RV 443, in a perfect concert for the holiday season. This concert is made possible in part by Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Prince, the Houston Arts Alliance and the Houston Endowment. 

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Watch Us Work

Bach & Piazzolla
January 16, 2016

Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah
December 12, 2015

Handel's Music for the ROyal Fireworks
August 29, 2015

Laura Claycomb sings with Mercury
February 22, 2015

The Crimson Prince
January 10, 2015

Death and the Maiden - CD Preview
November 2014


 
 

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