Crystal Records — Harvey Pittel, saxophone

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HARVEY PITTEL has been saxophonist with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, etc. and is a prominent recitalist. He was Professor of Saxophone at the University of Texas at Austin School of Music for many years. Pittel has has been consistently acknowledged as one of America's foremost classical saxophonists. His playing has earned international accolades from the press, music community and general public who have recognized his efforts to elevate the instrument to a new level of artistry. His repertoire includes music written for the instrument (by such composers as Debussy, Hovhaness, Babbitt, Villa-Lobos, and Glazunov), his own transcriptions of baroque and classical works, chamber music, the popular repertory of the vaudeville, ragtime, and swing eras (with the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet) and works commissioned by him from some of the foremost contemporary composers. Sextuor à Vent. Harvey Pittel, Alto Saxophone; Westwood Wind Quintet. Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche for Saxophone and Woodwind Quintet; Bernhard Heiden: Intrada for Saxophone and Woodwind Quintet; Paul Hindemith: Concert Piece for Two Saxophones (with Sunil Gadgil, saxophone); Pierre Max Dubois: Sinfonia da Camera (for Saxophone and Woodwind Quintet); Jacques Ibert: Trois Pièces Brèves (first movement) – for Woodwind Quintet; J.S. Bach: Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier (arr. for Woodwind Trio); Rossini: Quartet no. 1 in F (first movement) – for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon; Paul De Wailly: Aubade for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet; Adrien Barthe: Passacaille for Woodwind Quintet; Malcolm Arnold: Divertimento for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet (first movement); Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumble-Bee (arr. for Woodwind Quintet); Leo Sowerby: Pop Goes the Weasel (adapted by the Westwood Wind Quintet).   UPC 009414735324     BUY NOW  

"Harvey Pittel [is a] master of his instrument...the most beautiful and pure tone I have ever heard from a saxophone." New York Times
The Westwood Wind  Quintet is "probably the best group of this kind anywhere." New Orleans Courier
"Delightful music, winningly played." Fanfare Magazine

Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown.
Milhaud: Scaramouche  I: Vif    II: Modéré    III: Brazileira     Heiden:  Intrada     Hindemith: Concert Piece for Two Saxophones  I: Lebhaft   II: Mässig langsam   III: Lebhaft     Dubois: Sinfonia da Camera  I: Entrée   II: Gigue en rondeau   III: Variations     Ibert:   Trois Pièces Brèves (first mvmt)     Bach/arr. Atkins:  Fugue     Rossini:  Quartet no.1 in F (first mvmt)     Wailly:  Aubade     Barthe:  Passacaille     Arnold: Divertimento (first mvmt)      Rimsky-Korsakov:  Flight of the Bumble-Bee     Sowerby:  Pop Goes the Weasel   (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button) BACH AND NOODLES, Harvey Pittel, Saxophone.  New Classics Suite: Sonata 2 by J.S. Bach (arr. John Rodby) interspersed w/ Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, David Gates. Plus light classics including Flight of the Bumble-Bee, Oodles of Noodles, Perpetual Motion, Scaramouche, Vocalise, Saxophobia, Caprice (Bozza), Caprice (Bonneau), and the Acrostic Song from Final Alice (Del Tredici). Pittel, saxophone, with Gabor Rejto, cello; and Levering Rothfuss and Anton Nell, piano. UPC 009414765420    BUY NOW

Sound samples (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear up to one minute of the movement shown.
New Classics Suite:  Mvt 1 (Allegro-Autumn Leaves)   Mvt 2 (Siciliano-My Favorite Things)   Mvt 3 (Allegro-If)   Rimsky-Korsakoff: Flight of the Bumblebee     Rachmaninoff: Vocalise     Dorsey:  Ooodles of Noodles     Demersseman: Carnival of Venice     Del Tredici: Final Alice  Acrostic Song     Wiedoeft: Saxophobia     Valse Yvonee     Bozza: Lied, Badinage, and Caprice     Bonneau: Caprice     Paganini: Moto Perpetuo     Milhaud: Scaramouche  Brooms(Russian trad.): Vif   Modere   Brazileira MOVING ALONG with Harvey Pittel, Saxophone. Ingolf Dahl: Concerto for Alto Saxophone; Jacques Ibert: Concertino da Camera; Paul Creston: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano; Paule Maurice: Tableaux de Provence; Tomasi Albinoni: Concerto "Saint Marc"; Rachmaninoff: Vocalise. All with Jeff Helmer, piano. "Harvey Pittel, a master of his instrument" New York Times. UPC  009414765529   BUY NOW


Sound samples (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear up to one minute of the movement shown.
Creston Sonata:  Mvt 1 (With Vigor)  Mvt 2 (With Tranqility)  Mvt 3 (With Gaiety)    Dahl Concerto:  Mvt 1 (Recitative)  Mvt 2 (Passacaglia)    Rachmaninoff: Vocalise     Ibert: Concertino  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3     Maurice: Tableaux de Provence  Farandole   Chanson pour ma Mie   La Bohemienne   Des Alyscamps   Le Cabridan     Albinoni: Concerto  Grave   Allegro   Andante   Allegro


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C155:  HARVEY PITTEL SAXOPHONE QUARTET.     J.S. Bach:  Fugue;  Glazunov:  Quatuor;  Rivier:  Grave et Presto;   Bozza:  Nuages;   Joplin:  Cascades;   Desenclos:  Quatuor;  also popular works with Shelly Manne, drums;  Monty Budwig, bass.  Cassette only   009414715548   SOLD OUT

C157:  HARVEY PITTEL TRIO.    The New Classics Suite, by Bach/Rodby;   Creston:  Sonata for Saxophone;   Villa-Lobos:  Bachianas Brasileiras;  Duke Ellington medley.    Harvey Pittel, saxophone;  Julian Fifer, cello;  Levering Rothfuss, piano.   Cassette only   009414715746 

C353:  SEXTUOR A VENT.   Harvey Pittel, Saxophone, with Westwood Wind Quintet.   Darius Milhaud:  Scaramouche;  Bernhard Heiden:  Intrada;  Pierre Max Dubois:  Sinfonia da Camera.    Cassette only   009414735348  

C500:  MUSIC OF JOHN RODBY.   HARVEY PITTEL, Saxophone.  Saxophone Concerto,   Festivals,  & Variations for Orchestra.     Elgar Howarth conducting the London Sinfonietta.   Cassette only   009414750044 



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