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.
Houston Chronicle: Mercury Houston celebrates female empowerment in classical music
January 12, 2018
In a time when the fight for female empowerment has made such a strong statement in society, the Houston-based period instrument ensemble Mercury is shining a light on the life of a prominent woman who greatly impacted the world of classical music in the 1800s – Clara Schumann, one of the most celebrated pianists of the Romantic era.
Mercury presents the world premiere of "Loving Clara Schumann" an historical story of passion, heartbreak, loss, and hope
December 14, 2017
The enduring strength and persistence of artistry, love, and loyalty are at the center of Mercury's newest multi-theatrical production. In a dramatic combination of music, dance, voice and imagery, "Loving Clara Schumann," by co-creators Tara Faircloth and Antoine Plante, travels through the remarkable life of pianist and composer Clara Wieck Schumann, a pioneer in the male-dominated field of mid-nineteenth century music, and her relationships with two of the Romantic era's distinguished composers, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms...