Ravello Records announces the second installment of its compilation series, VANGUARDS VOL. 2, presenting a deep cross-section of the label's contemporary and eclectic catalog. The album features performances by the London Symphony Orchestra, pianist Gregory Hall, the McCormick Percussion Group, mezzo-soprano Elaine Huckle, the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, guitarist Alex Lubet, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and many more in works by contemporary composers including Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Herbert Deutsch, Walter Ross, Rachel Lee Guthrie, Mark Vigil, Kim Halliday, Andrew May, Mel Mobley, Marga Richter, and others.
Since its launch in 2008, the Ravello label has established a reputation as a strong advocate for new and innovative music and artists, being hailed for "shedding light on the wealth of great present day classical composers" (babysue). From traditional and folk-inspired works to electroacoustic, improvised, and atonal pieces, this collection covers a variety of styles, representing the diversity of contemporary music.