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CD790 – FATE & FIRE: Alvin Etler, Woodwind Quintets Nos. 1 & 2; Dan Welcher, Woodwind Quintet No. 2; Dan Welcher, The Moerae, for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano. Westwood Wind Quintet with Lisa Bergman, Piano. UPC 009414779021.   ORDER NOW      

The Moerae deals with the fate of humanity, and fire is displayed by the intensity of that piece and the Quintets by Etler and Welcher. All of these works are either now or will be stalwart standards of woodwind literature. PLEASE PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS RELEASE. We are particularly proud of the recordings on this CD. We have been told by the many people that have heard them that the CD is not only one of the best woodwind recordings ever made but stands up with the best of any kind of classical recording. All the spirits were with us: repertoire, performance, sound, recording all clicked.
            The two Etler Quintets are staples in the woodwind quintet literature and have long been thought to be woodwind masterpieces. The Welcher Quintet No. 2 will also gain that stature. While we were recording this all the members of the Westwood Wind Quintet felt that it is probably one of the two or three best quintets ever written. The Moerae,
with its interesting instrumentation, fascinating story line, and beautiful melodies, is a true work of art. “The Moerae” are the three fates who spin the thread of life, measure it, and cut it when they please.
            The works were all recorded in late 2014. This is a world premiere recording of Welcher’s The Moerae and Quintet No. 2.
The Westwood Wind Quintet, established in 1959, has “an accumulation of instrumental polish and important repertory over a long period [which] has resulted in a treasurable sense of ensemble and musical solidity” – Los Angeles Times. “The Westwood Wind Quintet has a standard of ensemble playing that is nothing short of breathtaking.” – International Record Review

CD790 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown.
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Welcher  The Moerae
    Etler   Woodwind Quintet No. 1    Andante   Allegro   Lento   Vivace    Woodwind Quintet No. 2   Andante con moto   Allegro commodo   Adagio   Vivace    Welcher  Woodwind Quintet No. 2  Driven, Intense   Adagio   Passacaglia

 

CD882 – PROKOFIEV, SONATAS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO plus Rachmaninov, Marguerite, and Tchaikovsky, Melodie. The Weiss Duo: Sidney Weiss, Violin; Jeanne Weiss, Piano.  UPC 009414788221     ORDER NOW     

Sidney Weiss has had a long career as concertmaster of major symphony orchestras: the Chicago Symphony (1967 to 1972), the Monte Carlo Philharmonic (1973 to 1979) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1979 to 1994). This is a first-time release of a concert recorded in 1968. The Prokofiev Sonatas have become standards in the violin repertoire and we believe these recordings, with their excellent digital remastering, stand up well to any other recordings of these works.
            The Weiss Duo has four
other acclaimed CDs on Crystal: CD633: Elgar, Walton, and Strauss Sonatas; CD511: Mendelssohn and Haydn Concertos for Violin, Piano, and Orchestra; CD835: works by Chausson, Leclair, and Debussy; CD881: Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 “Kreutzer” and Franck Violin Sonata.
            “The Weiss Duo is, in my opinion, an absolutely first-class team. Both as an ensemble and as soloists, they combine sensitive musicianship with fine technique.” – Sir Georg Solti.

CD882 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)
Prokofiev  Sonata in F Minor, Op. 80  Andante Assai   Allegro Brusco   Andante   Allegrissimo
    Sonata in D Major, Op. 94  Moderato   Scherzo   Andante   Allegro con Brio    Rachmaninov  Marguerite    Tchaikovsky  Melodie, Op. 42

 

CD848: SCOTT JOPLIN RAGS FOR THE BIG BASSOON.  Susan Nigro, Contrabassoon, plays 18 of Scott Joplin’s most famous Rags.  UPC 009414784827.   ORDER NOW     

An extraordinary recording of an extraordinary American composer. Scott Joplin's Rags are well-known to listeners, having been used in many movie scores (such as "The Sting") and having been a mainstay in popular concerts for more than a century. This CD features 18 Rags, including his most-popular Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer. They are played by Susan Nigro, probably the world's foremost solo contrabassoonist. Pianist is Mark Lindeblad. The Rags are amazingly effective in these renditions. Click here for more information and cover photo.

Included in this collection are Maple Leaf Rag, Original Rag, The Easy Winners, Cleopha, The Strenuous Life, Elite Syncopations, The Favorite, The Sycamore, The Chrysanthemum, The Cascades, Bethena, Rag-Time Dance, Fig Leaf Rag, Solace, Pleasant Moments, New Rag, Magnetic Rag, and The Entertainer.

CD848 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)
Maple Leaf Rag    Original Rags    The Easy Winners, A Ragtime Two Step    Cleopha, March and Two Step    The Strenuous Life, A Ragtime Two Step    Elite Syncopations    The Favorite, A Ragtime Two Step    The Sycamore, A Concert Rag    The Chrysanthemum, An Afro-American Intermezzo    The Cascades, A Rag    Bethena, A Concert Waltz    Rag-Time Dance, A Stop-Time Two Step    Fig Leaf Rag, A High Class Rag    Solace, A Mexican Serenade    Pleasant Moments, Ragtime Waltz    New Rag    Magnetic Rag    The Entertainer, A Rag Time Two Step

 

CD758: ALEC WILDER Woodwind Quintets 5, 7, 8, 10, & 12. Solaris Woodwind Quintet.  UPC 009414775825.   ORDER NOW     

Alec Wilder (1907-1980) had a reputation in many genres of music. He first made a name as a composer of popular song. His classical works were performed often, and he even had a recording with Frank Sinatra conducting. The Solaris Wind Quintet , since its formation in 1976 as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Akron, has established a reputation as one of the foremost woodwind quintets in the world, with tours throughout the United States and in Italy, Brazil, and Sweden.

CD758 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown.
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Quintet No. 5   Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4   
Quintet No. 10  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4    Quintet No. 12  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4   Mvmt 5    Quintet No. 8  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4    Quintet No. 7  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4

 

CD219: ANNAPOLIS BRASS QUINTET Forever – is composed of Nows. UPC 009414721921
          JERZY SAPIEYEVSKI, Aesop Suite, with John McDonough, Narrator; ELAM SPRENKLE, Six Songs (text by Emily Dickinson) with Elaine Bonazzi, Mezzo-Soprano, and Three Fanfares; GEORGE HEUSSENSTAMM, Ensembles for Brass Quintet; ROBERT STARER, Annapolis Suite (with Heidi Lehwalder, Harp); DOUGLAS ALLANBROOK, Night and Morning Music.   ORDER NOW     

“I have heard a lot of brass quintets, and in my opinion, Sprenkle’s Six Songs based on Emily Dickinson poems is one of the best brass pieces ever written. Likewise, the Annapolis Brass Quintet is one of the best brass ensembles that ever existed. Peter Christ, President Crystal Records.

“The Annapolis Brass Quintet is an unquestionably superb ensemble, whose meticulous playing, flair, and intonation simply cannot be bettered.” Fanfare Magazine (David Canfield)

The Annapolis Brass Quintet, founded in 1971, was the first full-time performing brass ensemble in the U.S. The pieces on this CD, mostly written for the group, are some of the strongest and most powerful works ever written for brass. Sprenkle’s Six Songs bring out the pathos and beauty of Dickinson’s prose. Sapieyevski’s Aesop Suite is a delightful rendition of five of Aesop’s Fables. Heussenstamm’s Ensembles for Brass Quintet won numerous awards. Starer’s Annapolis Suite and Allanbrook’s Night and Morning Music are strong additions to the brass repertoire.

CD219 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)
Sprenkle: Three Fanfares  Fanfare 1   Fanfare 2   Fanfare 3   
Sapieyevski:  Aesop Suite  The Wolf and the Kid   The Old Hound   The Eagle and His Captor   The Miser   The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner    Heussenstamm:  Ensembles for Brass Quintet    Starer:  Annapolis Suite   Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV   Mvmt V   Mvmt VI     Allanbrook:  Night and Morning Music    Sprenkle:  Six Songs   I’ll tell you how the Sun rose   Duet (1)   There came a Day at Summer’s full   “Hope” is the thing with feathers   Arcturus   Of all the Sounds dispatched abroad   Duet (2)   Because I could not stop for Death

 

CD881: BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 9, op. 47 “Kreutzer”, and FRANCK Violin Sonata in A Major.  The Weiss Duo: Sidney Weiss, Violin; Jeanne Weiss, Piano. UPC 009414788122.   ORDER NOW     

Two of the most vibrant and important violin sonatas in history, played by Sidney Weiss, who has had a long career as concertmaster of major symphony orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony (1967-1972), the Monte Carlo Philharmonic (1973-1979), and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1979-1994). “The Kreutzer Sonata has all the ingredients of a first-rate performance:the Adagio opens with a blazing cadenza...the ensuing Presto possesses demonic propulsion and stylized glamour. Even more impressive is their Andante con Variazioni movement...the intrinsic balance, bravura technique, and poetic expression. The buoyant energy of the ensemble and its realization of Beethoven’s unfettered spirit make this a rendition to treasure.” Audiophile Audition
      The Weiss Duo has performed extensively in the United States and Europe. They have four other acclaimed CDs on Crystal: CD633: Elgar, Walton, and Strauss Sonatas; CD511: Mendelssohn and Haydn Concertos for Violin, Piano, and Orchestra; CD835: works by Chausson, Leclair, and Debussy; and CD882: Prokofiev Violin Sonatas 1 & 2.
 

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Beethoven  Sonata No. 9, op 47 “Kreutzer”  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3
    Franck  Sonata in A Major  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4

 

CD631: AARON COPLAND, Sonata for Violin and Piano; CHARLES IVES, Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano; LOWNDES MAURY, Sonata in Memory of the Korean War Dead.  Myron Sandler, Violin; Lowndes Maury, Piano. UPC 009414763129.   ORDER NOW     
The Violin Sonatas by Copland and Ives are standards in the literature, with their beauty and Americana elements. Lowndes Maury was a respected and active composer for films and TV shows. His Sonata is a powerful statement about the tragedy of war.
      Myron Sandler founded and was first violinist with the Mallory String Quartet, which toured Europe and the United States. He was a prominent movie studio violinist in Los Angeles, and taught at California State University Northridge for over 30 years.
 

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) Copland Sonata for Violin and Piano: Andante semplice   Lento   Allegretto giusto    Ives Sonata No. 2: Autumn   In the Barn   The Revival    Maury  Sonata in Memory of the Korean War Dead: Allegro moderato   Slowly with Slight Rhythmic Swing   Military!!   Elegy

 

CD759: RAINBOW SUNDAE. Westwood Wind Quintet. Trios, Quartets, and Quintet.

Nikolai Tschemberdschi: Concertino for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Joao Guilherme Ripper: Wind Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Arthur Berger: Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Walter Piston: Three Pieces for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Walter Hartley: Woodwind Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Martin Scot Kosins: Rainbow Sundae for Woodwind Quintet. UPC 009414775924.   ORDER NOW     

      This CD features some of the most interesting and appealing music for woodwinds from the 20th century. Incorporating different styles, the six works are marvels of woodwind writing. The Tschemberdschi piece is little known but is a wonderful example of Russian composition from the mid-20th century. There is nothing else quite like it for woodwinds. South American beauty and rhythms permeate Ripper’s delightful Trio, and Berger’s Quartet was called “one of the most satisfacotry pieces for winds in the whole modern repertory” by Virgil Thomson. Walter Piston’s Three Pieces is a wonderful trio that deserves more hearings. Walter Hartley is well-known for his marvelous writing for winds. Martin Scot Kosins’ Rainbow Sundae is a very listenable work in the style of his other pieces, some of which have become favorites on Crystal.
      The Westwood Wind Quintet, now in its 54th year, is possibly the most-esteemed wind quintet in the world. Having just released the well-received 12-CD set of the complete 24 Quintets by Anton Reicha, the group has garnered rave reviews from critics and the public for its more than 27 albums, starting with the ground-breaking recording of the Schönberg Wind Quintet on Columbia Records (now Sony), through the Nielsen, Hindemith, Barber, Dahl, etc., Quintets, and now this Rainbow Sundae.

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Tschemberdschi  Concertino: Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV
    Ripper  Wind Trio: Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III    Berger  Quartet in C Major: Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III    Piston  Three Pieces: Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III    Hartley  Woodwind Quartet:  Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV   Mvmt V    Kosins  Rainbow Sundaes: Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV   Mvmt V

 

CD780: SAXOPHONE PICTURES, Kenneth Tse, Saxophone. Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition (arranged by David DeBoor Canfield); Kenneth Tse, Soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones (one player, no overdubs); Alan Huckleberry, piano.
David DeBoor Canfield: Trio after Brahms in G minor;
Kenneth Tse, alto saxophone; Rachel Patrick, violin; Lin-Yu Wang, piano.
Erwin Dressel: Partita for Alto Saxophone and Piano;
Kenneth Tse, alto saxophone; Lin-Yu Wang, piano. UPC 009414778024.    ORDER NOW     

      Kenneth Tse, widely recognized as one of the leading classical saxophonists in the world, burst on the scene in 1996 as the winner of the prestigious New York Artists International Award, which resulted in an acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie Hall and being acclaimed as “a young virtuoso” by the New York Times. Tse has been an active recording artist since his first CD for Crystal Records at age 23. He has also been a frequent soloist on five continents. There are now a total of six Crystal CDs as well as eight others on other labels. Tse is currently Professor of Saxophone at the University of Iowa, President-Elect of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and is serving his second term as Vice-President of the International Saxophone Committee. When Kenneth Tse, alternating between the four saxophones, gave the world premiere performance of this arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, he and the piece received rave notice.

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Canfield  Trio after Brahms in G Minor:  Adagio con poco moto-Allegro risoluto   Adagio   Molto vivo   Presto possibile
    Dressel  Partita: Prélude – Allemande   Canzone   Courante   Pavane   Gigue    Mussorgsky  Pictures at an Exhibition:  Promenade  Gnomus   Promenade II   Il Vecchio Castello   Promenade III   Tuilleries   Promenade IV   Bydło   Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle   Promenade V   Limoges   Catacombae (Sepulcrum Romanum)   Con mortuis in lingua mortua   The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)   The Great Gate of Kiev

 

SUPER LIMITED TIME SPECIAL: In order to introduce you to the fabulous composer Anton Reicha, we are offering the 12-CD SET OF ALL 24 REICHA WOODWIND QUINTETS, OVER 13 HOURS OF GORGEOUS MUSIC, in an attractive box set, ONLY $99. This is better than 50% discount from getting the 12 CDs individually. Or, think of it as better than 6 FREE CDs with the purchase of the other 6 in the set. (and for a limited time, US shipping is FREE, or US$7 Canadian shipping, or US$12 other countries.) Reicha Box Set CD260  ORDER NOW

Individual CDs are $16.95 each.  Click here for further information about Reicha and the Westwood Wind Quintet.

PLEASE NOTE: Because the 12-CD set of Reicha CDs is already discounted below cost and is sold as a set, we cannot give a further discount of 4 for 3 for the CDs in that set. Thank you for your understanding.

“Each Reicha Quintet is a masterpiece of the highest order.”  (Audiophile Audition)

“The Westwood Wind Quintet has a standard of ensemble playing that is nothing short of breathtaking.”  (International Record Review)
CD261: Anton Reicha Woodwind Quintets, Vol. 1.  Opus 88, Nos. 1 & 2. Westwood Wind Quintet.

This, volume one, is the 12th and final release of the 24 Reicha Woodwind Quintets. We are pleased that we now have all 24 of the Reicha Woodwind Quintets performed by the Westwood Wind Quintet. This volume has the first two of Reicha’s Quintets, including the most popular op. 88, no. 2. Although the two quintets in this volume are shorter and a bit lighter than the other 22 quintets, they are still masterpieces, symphonic in scope. Opus 88, no. 1 is 21:28 in length. Opus 88, no. 2 is 26:55 in length. They are both mature works, and have Reicha’s signature beautiful melodies, exciting counterpoint, and thrilling allegros. “Those who ignore this legacy are missing out not only on some terrific wind music but on some of the finest music ever penned.” (Ritter, Audiophile Audition).  Click here for further information about Reicha and the Westwood Wind Quintet.

The Westwood Wind Quintet has garnered exceptional praise for the series of Reicha Quintets. About a previous volume in the Westwood Wind Quintet’s 12 volume series of the Reicha Woodwind Quintets, the Flutist Quarterly (Pettway) wrote “It is seldom that one comes across a recording that with careful listening displays no major flaws, in performance or engineering. This is such a recording. The players understand the music, each other, their instruments, and how they fit into the mix. The result is simply beautiful ensemble playing.” UPC 009414726124   ORDER NOW  

CD261 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)
Quintet in E Minor   Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4    Quintet in Eb Major   Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4

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Coming (watch this page for release dates):

Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, Oboe. Music by Reinecke, Malcolm Arnold, Wunderer, Berthelot, Busser, Moricz, and William James Ross. DeAlmeida is principal oboist Pittsburgh Symphony.

Carol Rodland, Viola; Scott Kluksdahl, Cello.  Bartok Duos, plus Piston, Del Tredici, and Augusta Read Thomas.

Verdehr Trio: New commissions. composers Chambers, Daugherty, Madsen, Flesher, and Winkler.

Paul Cortese, Viola, with Oscar Martin, Piano. Music by York Bowen, Arnold Bax, Benjamin Britten, Rebecca Clarke, and Frank Bridge.

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