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.
“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
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.
“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.
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.
Musical Flavors of Argentina, Germany, Italy, England and more abound in Mercury’s 2017-18 Season
August 8, 2017
Mercury Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Executive Director Brian Ritter announce the orchestra’s seventeenth season today. Beginning August 31, 2017, and featuring a vibrant mix of composers from various countries and a diverse range of works, the 2017-18 season offers something for music lovers of all ages. Piazzolla’s mesmerizing Libertango, a multi-media infused Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, traditional English Carols, Corelli’s joyful Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 4, Bach’s beloved St. Matthew Passion, and an original staged performance focusing on the life and works of Clara Wieck Schumann are just a few of the incredible works that will be performed.
Mozart’s Requiem offers a grand finale to Mercury’s 16th Season
APRIL 27, 2017
Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury present Mozart’s Requiem, on Saturday, May 13 at 8 PM at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater for the 2016-2017 season finale. A must-see for any music lover, Mozart’s final composition is a profoundly moving work, brimming with drama, hopefulness and redemption. Audiences will experience this unforgettable masterpiece on period instruments. Joining Mercury are vocalists Yulia Van Doren (soprano), Sarah Mesko (alto), Aaron Sheehan (tenor) and Stephen Hegedus (bass), along with select members of the Houston Symphony Chorus under the direction of Betsy Cook Weber. The evening also includes Henry Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary. Major support for this concert comes from Haynes & Boone, LLP; The Albert & Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation; Houston Arts Alliance; Houston First; and the Houston Endowment, Inc.