FoM Recordings

In 2009, we launched our own in-house “Friends of Music” (FoM) recording label, in order to provide music lovers all over the world the opportunity to experience recordings that grow out of the Museum concerts of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society’s resident ensembles, and the repertoire explorations of various ensemble members (which range from the mainstream to the arcane).

In the coming years, new recordings will be released on an ongoing basis through the course of each season. Each release will be launched at an SCMS Museum concert. FoM also plans to revive some of the currently unavailable SCMS CDs previously issued by the Smithsonian Collection of Recordings.

In accordance with the Smithsonian’s mandate to provide for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” copies of each new recording are sent to hundreds of music libraries and classical radio stations across the country.

Click on the images below to find out more about the first flight of FoM releases:

Schubert: Winterreise

John Elwes, tenor

Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano

Johann Jacob Froberger, Libro quarto di toccata, ricercari, capricci allemande, gigue, courante, sarabande... (Vienna, 1656)

Webb Wiggins, harpsichord and organ

Joseph Haydn: Baryton Divertimenti, Volume 1

The Esterházy Machine (Kenneth Slowik, baryton; Steven Dann, viola; Myron Lutzke, violoncello)

Pandolfi: The Violin Sonatas of 1660

The Smithsonian Chamber Players: (Mark Fewer, violin; Myron Lutzke, violoncello; Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord)

Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17; Robert Schumann: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 63

The Castle Trio (Lambert Orkis, piano; Marilyn McDonald, violin; Kenneth Slowik, violoncello)