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.
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.
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.