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CD135-scanGioacchino Rossini, Duetto for Cello and Bass; Luigi Boccherini, Sonata in Bb; Franz Joseph Keyper, Rondo Solo for Bass; Jacques Offenbach, Duo for Cello and Bass; Jules Massenet, Duo for Bass and Cello; Charles Nicolas Baudiot, Theme and Variations; Don Thompson, In Memory of Glenn (Duo for Cello and Bass).

Joel Quarrington is probably the best-known soloist on the string bass in North America and probably the world. He was principal bass with the Toronto Symphony from 1991 to 2006, and is presently principal bass with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. He has performed solos throughout the world and performed with many of the world’s leading string quartets. Coenraad Bloemendal has performed solos with orchestras through Canada and plays with some of the best chamber ensembles in Canada. This CD presents duos by well-known names from the classical period as well as the world premiere recording (and performance) of a piece, based on themes by Bach, written especially for the duo by renowned award-winning composer and jazz bassist Don Thompson. The name “In Memory of Glenn” refers to Glenn Gould, with whom Bloemendal, Quarrington, and Thompson worked frequently. They were involved in the last recording that Glenn Gould did before his death. UPC 009414713520    BUY NOW  

Sound samples (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear approximately one minute of the movement shown. Rossini:  Duetto  I. Allegro   II. Andante molto   III. Allegro    Boccherini: Sonata  I. Allegro moderato   II. Grave   III. Minuetto    Keyper: Rondo Solo for Bass    Offenbach: Duo  I. Allegro   II. Andante   III. Allegretto    Massenet:  Duo   Baudiot:  Theme and Variations    Thompson:  In Memory of Glenn

CD639-scan-for-iTunesCD639: AN AMERICAN CELLOBRATION. Richard Slavich, Cello. William Bolcom: Sonata for Cello and Piano; Ned Rorem: After REading Shakespeard (solo cello); George Rochberg: Ricordanza; John Harbison: Suite for Solo Cello; Aaron Copland: Billy the Kid (Suite for cello & piano). Featuring Alice Rybak on piano. UPC 009414763921    BUY NOW

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Bolcom Sonata:
  Mvt 1 (Allegro)   Mvt 2 (Adagio)   Mvt 3 (Allegro assai)     Rorem Shakespeare: Lear   Katharine   Titiana and Oberon   Caliban   Portia   Why Hear'st Thou Music Sadly?   Our Minutes Hasten To Their End   Remembrance of Things Past   Iago and Othello    Rochberg: Ricordanza Soliloquy    Harbison: Suite for cello  Preludio   Fuga-Burletta   Sarabanda   Giga    Copland: Billy the Kid   Waltz   Celebration

CD766-scan-for-iTunes.tifCD766: Trumpet Colors.  Trio Chromos: Ismael Betancor, Trumpet; Jos_(c) Luis Castillo, Piano; Carlos Rivero, Cello.   William Schmidt: Jazzberries; Alex Shapiro: Elegy; Astor Piazzolla: Las cuatro estaciones porteñas; Scott Robbins: Three Blues for Cello & Trumpet; Robert J. Bradshaw: Statements, Commanding.  UPC 009414776624     BUY NOW (click here for CD cover photo and additional information.)

This CD explores various colors of trumpet in ensemble with piano and cello. William Schmidt, one of the world’s leading exponents of brass writing, explores his Jazzberries: Raspberry Riffs, Blackberry Blues, Boysenberry Boogie, and Strawberry Jam. Piazzolla, the best known composer of tangos, contributes four wonderful tangos, transcribed from bandoneon here for trumpet, piano, and cello. American composers Shapiro, Robbins, and Bradshaw round out this wonderful album featuring the Spanish group Trio Chromos, all members of the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra in Spain.

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Schmidt: Jazzberries   Raspberry Riffs   Blackberry Blues   Boysenberry Boogie   Strawberry Jam   Shapiro: Elegy   Piazzolla: Las cuatros estaciones porteñas  Primavera Porteña   Verano   Porteño   Otoño Porteño   Invierno Porteño   Robbins: Three Blues  Mvt.1   Mvt.2   Mvt.3   Bradshaw: Statements, Commanding  George Washington   Theodore Roosevelt   Abraham Lincoln   Thomas Jefferson

CD772-scan-for-iTunes.gifCD772: ISOLA ROMANTICA. Carl Czerny, Grande Serenade Concertante for Clarinet, Horn, Cello, and Piano; Gustav Jenner, Trio for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano; Frederic Duvernoy, Sonata No. 1 and 2 for Horn and Cello.  All played by Ensemble Isola: Radovan Cavallin, clarinet; Jose Zarzo, horn; Carlos Rivero, cello; Juan Francisco Parra, piano.
UPC 009414777225
 Ensemble Isola members are all principals in the Gran Canaria Philharmonic in Spain, and they are fabulous.  This is the group's second CD on Crystal.

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Czerny: Grande Serenade  Mvt 1 (Introduction: Adagio) Mvt 2 (Theme)  Variation 1  Variation 2  Variation 3  Variation 4  Variation 5  Variation 6  Variation 7  Mvt 3 (Adagio)  Mvt 4 (Allegro vivace con fuoco)    Jenner: Trio in Eb Mvt 1 (Moderato)  Mvt 2 (Adagio)  Mvt 3 (Presto)  Mvt 4 (Allegro non troppo)    Duvernoy: Sonata No. 1 Mvt 1 (Allegro)  Mvt 2 (Adagio)  Mvt 3 (Allegretto)    Duvernoy: Sonata No. 2 Mvt 1 (Allegro)  Mvt 2 (Adagio)  Mvt 3 (Allegro)

CD825 cover for catalogCD825 – SILVER and GOLD, Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, Oboe; Noah Bendix-Balgley, Violin; Meng Wang, Viola; William Caballero, Horn; David Premo, Cello; Marina Schmidt Lupinacci, Piano; Rodrigo Ojeda, Piano.
         Alexander Wunderer, Sonata in B minor for Oboe and Piano, op. 3; Carl Reinecke, Trio in A minor for Oboe, Horn, and Piano, op. 188; Malcolm Arnold, Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello, op. 61; Michael Moricz, Three Consequences for Four Players (Oboe, Horn, Cello, Piano).
UPC 009414782526  BUY NOW    

Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida has been principal oboe with the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1991. All the players on this CD are or were principals in the Pittsburgh Symphony. Noah Bendix-Balgley was recently appointed First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. DeAlmeida was called “hands down one of the best players in the world” in a review in the American Record Guide of her first Crystal solo CD.

CD825 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown. (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)
Wunderer:  Sonata in B minor   I. Andante   II. Tempo giusto   III. Adagio ma non troppo   IV. Presto    Reinecke:  Trio in A minor   I. Allegro moderato   II. Scherzo: Molto vivace   III. Adagio   IV. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo    Arnold: Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello   I. Allegro non troppo   II. Allegretto   III. Vivace con brio    Moricz:  Three Consequences for Four Players  I. Allegro deciso   II. Valse lente   III. Allegro giocoso



CD831-scan-for-iTunes.tifCD831: THE ETHNIC CELLO. Roger Malitz, Cello. Miklos Rozsa: Duo for Cello & Piano; Gaspar Cassado: Sonata for Cello & Piano; Ernest Bloch: From Jewish Life Prayer, Supplication, Jewish Song, Meditation Hebraique. Featuring Mitchell Andrews and Pia Sebastiani on piano. UPC 009414783127     BUY NOW

“probing, sensitive, and thoroughly musical” Chicago Daily News

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Rozsa Duo:
  Mvt 1 (Allegro)   Mvt 2 (Tema conVariazioni)    Cassado Sonata:  Mvt 1 (Rapsodia)   Mvt 2 (Aragonesa)   Mvt 3 (Saeta)   Mvt 4 (Paso doble)    Bloch: From Jewish Life   Mvt. 1 (Prayer)   Mvt. 2 (Supplication)   Mvt 3 (Jewish Song)    Meditation H_(c)braïque


CD880 cover reduced from inDesign.tifCD880 – Dialogue: Carol Rodland, Viola; Scott Kluksdahl, Cello. Béla Bartók, 23 Duos for Viola and Cello (transcribed for Viola and Cello by Peter Bartók –son of Béla – from Béla Bartók’s 44 Duos for Violin); Augusta Read Thomas, Dream Catcher for Solo Viola; David Del Tredici, Cello Acrostic for Solo Cello; Walter Piston, Duo for Viola and Cello. UPC 009414788023    BUY NOW    

Carol Rodland, one of the world’s finest violists,teaches at Eastman School of Music, and previously at the New England Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. She has three CDs on Crystal.  Fanfare Magazine has written “Rodland’s tone is larger than life, sweetly in tune, and infinitely variegated.” Scott Kluksdahl teaches at the University of South Florida. He has performed and recorded with the Lions Gate Trio for 20 years and is currently a member of the Veronika String Quartet. Strings Magazine has called him “a simply superb cellist, playing with consummate technical ease, a beautiful sound, total conviction, authority and dedication to the music.” “Bartók’s Duos are played here with love and beauty of tone.” (American Record Guide)

“These little masterpieces ...appear simple on the surface but their folksy content requires nuanced treatment, which they receive in abundance in Rodland and Kluksdahl’s thoughtful and buoyant performances.” Gramophone (Donald Rosenberg)

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Bartók: 23Duos for Viola and Cello   Maypole Dance   Menuetto   Slovakian Song   Play Song   Ruthenian Song   Wedding Song   Pillow Dance   Soldiers’ Song   Hungarian March   Burlesque   A Fairy Tale   Dialogue   New Year’s Song   Farewell to the Bride   Jeering Song   Hungarian Song   Grief   Dance from Maramaros   Ruthenian Kolomeika   Walachian Dance   Arabian Song   Pizzicato   Transylvanian Dance    Thomas:  Dream Catcher    Del Tredici:   Cello Acrostic    Piston: Duo for Viola and Cello   I. Allegro risoluto   II. Andante sereno   III. Allegro brillante

GCD113 scan.tifGENESIS RECORDS GCD113 (two CD set): Hermann Goetz (1840-1876). Complete Chamber Music. Piano Quartet in E Major, op. 6; Three easy Pieces for Violin and Piano, op. 2; Piano Trio in G Minor, op. 1; Piano Quintet in C Minor, op. 16. Gerald Robbins, piano; Glenn Dicterow, violin; Alan de Veritch, viola; Terry King, cello; Dennis Trembly, bass. UPC 009414811325 (This is priced as two CDs)   BUY NOW


C303:  EDGAR  LUSTGARTEN, CELLO.   J.S. Bach:  Adagio;  Valentini:  Sonata in E;  Ernest Bloch:  Prayer;  Debussy: Menuet;  Dvorak:  Rondo in G Minor;  Chopin:  Nocturne in C# Minor;  Joaquin Cassado: Serenata Espagnole.   009414730343  Cassette only. Contact Crystal Records to order.

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