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CD791: Westwood Wind Quintet “Augmented”. Westwood Wind Quintet (John Barcellona, flute; Peter Christ, oboe; William Helmers, clarinet; John Cox, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon) with Doug Reneau, trumpet; Carol Robe, bass clarinet; Lisa Bergman, piano.   UPC 009414779120.   ORDER NOW     

Paul Hindemith, Septet for woodwind quintet, trumpet, and bass clarinet; William Mathias, Concertino for flute, oboe, bassoon, and piano; Bruce Stark, Americana Wind Quintet; Leoš Janáček, Mládi (Jugend) for woodwind quintet and bass clarinet. Photo of Mt. Hood was taken by Peter Christ from the Crystal Records recording studio, where these recordings were made.

Hindemith, Janáček, and Mathias are three of the most outstanding composers of the 20th century. The Hindemith and Janáček works are stalwarts in the repertoire for woodwind quintet with other winds. Fabulous pieces of music, they show the colors that can be garnered with the addition of just one or two instruments. Mathias’ Concertino captures piano, flute, oboe, and bassoon in all their glory – wonderful melodies and driving rhythms. We believe this is the first recording of this work.

Bruce Stark’s Americana Wind Quintet is also a world-premiere recording.“Stark's four movement, Americana Wind Quintet...there is something about it that is unmistakably American in sound and spirit that's hard to describe.  Above all, I find it to be an exquisitely beautiful piece and one that has grown on me with repeated hearings and moved me deeply.What extraordinarily beautiful and how extraordinarily beautiful is the playing of the Westwood Wind Quintet.  How sweet and flowing is John Barcellona's flute, how pure and focused is Peter Christ's oboe, how warm and woodsy is William Helmers' clarinet, how mellow is John Cox's horn, and how present yet blended is Patricia Nelson's Bassoon. This is woodwind playing and music-making of the highest order.  Urgently recommended. Fanfare (Jerry Dubins)

“refreshing life to all of the music, embracing the diversity of textures and styles with crisp and sensitive authority.. [Janacek is] a delightful and affectionate gem from one of music’s true originals...Stark’s Quintet abounds in poetic and dramatic flights spiced with savoury flavours and rhythmic twists.” Gramophone (Donald Rosenberg)

Westwood Wind Quintet, one of the world’s premiere ensembles, was established in 1959. “An accumulation of instrumental polish and important repertory over a long period has resulted in a treasurable sense of ensemble and musical solidity.” (Los Angeles Times). Westwood members on this CD (pictured) are John Barcellona, flute; William Helmers, clarinet; John Cox, horn; Patricia Nelson, bassoon, Peter Christ, oboe. This same five players are on the three most recent Westwood CDs: CD759, CD790, and CD791.

Doug Reneau is asst. principal trumpet of the Oregon Symphony. Carol Robe is bass clarinetist of the Portland Opera and clarinet instructor at the University of Oregon. Lisa Bergman has toured internationally with many of the most esteemed vocalists and violinists. Along with her piano playing, she is presently a Gracie Award-winning radio announcer with KING-FM in Seattle.

CD791 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)

Hindemith: Septett  I. Lebhaft   II. Intermezzo   III. Variationen   IV. Intermezzo   V. Fuge. Alte Berner Marsch    Mathias: Concertino  I. Moderato   II. Andante mesto   III. Allegro capriccioso    Stark: Americana Wind Quintet  I. Serenade   II. Hymn to the Dawn   III. River Song   IV. City Shuffle    Janáček: Mládí  I. Allegro   II. Andante sostenuto   III. Vivace   IV. Allegro animato


CD362 – Snapshots: ANTHONY PLOG, TRUMPET. Verne Reynolds, Music for 5 Trumpets (performed by Anthony Plog and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Trumpet section); Alan Hovhaness, Sonata for Trumpet and Organ (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Ladd Thomas, organ); Fisher Tull, Three Bagatelles (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Sharon Davis, piano); Eugene Bozza,  Caprice (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Sharon Davis, piano); Frank Campo, Duet for Equal Trumpets (Anthony Plog, Russell Kidd); Anthony Plog, Fanfare for Two Trumpets (Anthony Plog, Russell Kidd); Anthony Plog, Animal Ditties – based on poems by Ogden Nash (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Sharon Davis, piano; Hal Smith, narrator); Georges Enesco, Legend (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Sharon Davis, piano); Leroy Southers, Three Spheres (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Ken Wolfson, bassoon; Sharon Davis, piano)  UPC 009414736222.     ORDER NOW     

“The playing is first-rate, sound quality excellent.Verne Reynold's three-movement Music for Five Trumpets has an all star lineup of players from the Los Angeles Philharmonic: Anthony Plog, Mario Guarneri,Robert DiVall, Irving Bush, and Thomas Stevens.  These people make consistently full-toned sounds and their intonation is impeccable.  The finale is very fast and exciting.  Plog's Animal Ditties became an instant hit when this recording was made.  The very cute setting of Ogden Nash poems has trumpeter Plog and Pianist Sharon Davis interacting with the excellent narrator, Hal Smith.” (American Record Guide, Kilpatrick)

ANTHONY PLOG has performed with numerous orchestras around the world, including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Basel Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony (all as principal trumpet), the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buenos Aires Symphony (as co-principal trumpet on tour), the Utah Symphony (as associate principal trumpet), and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed and recorded extensively as a chamber musician with groups such as the Fine Arts Brass Quintet, the Summit Brass (as a founding member of both), the St. Louis Brass Quintet, and as a substitute with the iconic New York Brass Quintet. He has also toured throughout the world and recorded as a soloist. His other solo CD on Crystal Records is CD663.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Trumpet Section (Robert DiVall, Thomas Stevens, Irving Bush, and Mario Guarneri) which played on this recording was an extremely versatile and recognized group of players. The individual players performed in such diverse musical settings as jazz, commercial recordings for major Hollywood studios, avant-garde chamber music, and solo appearances.

SHARON DAVIS’ musical training was in her native Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, then at the Juilliard School in New York and in Paris, France, on a Fulbright Scholarship. Her performances have been as piano soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber player on tours and in live broadcasts in North America and Europe, plus work as a recording artist. As composer she won the Colorado Art Commission’s Creative Fellowship Award in Classical Composition, and she is active as editor, composer, and arranger for Western International Music, Inc.


CD362 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)
Reynolds: Music for Five Trumpets  I. Fanfare   II. Chorale   III. Finale
    Hovhaness: Sonata for Trumpet and Organ, Mvt. I (begins at :28)    Tull: Three Bagatelles  I. Prelude   II. Improvisation   III. Caprice    Bozza: Caprice    Campo: Duet for Equal Trumpets    Plog: Fanfare for Two Trumpets    Plog: Animal Ditties  I. The Turtle (begins at :30)   II. The Python   III. The Hyena   IV. The Hog (begins at :35)    Enesco: Legend    Southers: Three Spheres  I. Sphere I   II. Sphere II (begins at 1:00)   III. Sphere III (begins at :55)


CD701 – Trumpets in the Baroque. David Hickman, Trumpet, with William Neil, Organ; Fred Sautter, Trumpet, with Roger Sherman, Organ.  UPC 009414770127.   ORDER NOW     

Hickman: Telemann, Heldenmusik; Gounod, Ave Maria; J.S. Bach,Sinfonia frm the Easter Oratorio; Albinoni, Sonata in C Major; Malotte, The Lord’s Prayer; J.S. Bach, Cantata No. 63 (Choruses 1 and 7). Hickman is joined by multiple trumpets and timpani in the J.S. Bach works. trumpets: Michael Chunn, Ray Sasaki, James Ketch, timpani: Thomas Siwe.

Sautter: Viviani Sonata Prima and Sonata Seconda; Fantini, Five Dances; Alcock, Voluntary in D; Walond, Voluntary in D.

DAVID HICKMAN is one of the world’s best-known trumpet soloists. He has toured the world numerous times and has been a guest soloist with over 2000 orchestras and is the founder and president of Summit Brass. FRED SAUTTER was principal trumpet in the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Philharmonic State Orchestra of Hamburg, and for 38 years was principal trumpet in the Oregon Symphony.

CD701 is a digital-recording combination of LPs S700 and S702.

CD701 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)
Telemann:  Heldenmusik  La MajestŹ
   La Gráce   La Vaillance   La Tranquillité   L’Armement   L’Amour   La Vigilance   La Gaillardise   La Douceur   La Générosité   L’Esperance   La Réjouissance    Gounod:  Ave Maria    J.S.Bach:  Sinfonia     Albinoni:  Sonata in C Major  I. Grave   II. Allegro   III. Adagio  IV. Allegro    Malotte: The Lord’s Prayer    J.S.Bach: Cantata No. 63 BWV 63  I. Chorus No. 1   II. Chorus No. 7    Viviani: Sonata Prima  Mvt. 1   Mvt. 2   Mvt. 3   Mvt. 4    Fantini: Five Dances  Dance 1   Dance 2   Dance 3   Dance 4   Dance 5    Viviani: Sonata Seconda  Mvt. 1   Mvt. 2   Mvt. 3   Mvt. 4    Alcock: Voluntary in D    Walond: Voluntary in D


CD849: Mille Morte, Recital Pieces for Bassoon and Piano. UPC 009414784926     ORDER NOW     
David Muller, Bassoon; Rose Chen, Piano

Alexandre Tansman, Sonatine; Nino Rota, Toccata; Malcom Arnold, Fantasy for Bassoon; Peter Schickele, Summer Serenade; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Flight of the Bumble Bee; Vincent Persichetti, Parable for Solo Bassoon; Jean-Baptiste Arban, Variations on “Carnival of Venice” (arr. by William Schmidt); Paul Chihara, Fleeting Shadows, Still Reflections; Maurice Allard, Variations on a Theme of Paganini; Pierre Ancelin, La Naissance de Gargantua.

David Muller has been principal bassoon with the Mexico City Symphony and all major Southern California orchestras, including the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and Long Beach Symphony. From 1987 to 2003 he was bassonist with the internationally-acclaimed Westwood Wind Quintet. Rose Chen has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Canada, Austria, Brazil, France, Israel, Hong Kong, and China.

Mille Morte roughly translates to "a thousand little deaths" and refers to the difficulty and emotional high points of the music, there being a climax in almost every phrase. All the pieces, indeed, are intense as well as beautiful. This program represents some of the best-known recital works for bassoon as well as some fabulous lesser-known works.

“Muller unquestionably has 'chops'...[His] playing is persuasive in every parameter. This recital ought to please wind ethusiasts and others who are interested in off-the-beaten-track repertory. Another feather in Crystal’s already stuffed cap. Fanfare, Mar/Apr, 2018 (David DeBoor Canfield)

CD849 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)
Tansman: Sonatine  I. Allegro con moto   II. Largo Cantabile   III. Presto
    Rota: Toccata    Arnold: Fantasy for Bassoon    Schikele: Summer Serenade  I. Dreams   II. Games   III. Songs and Dances    Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee    Persichetti: Parable for Solo Bassoon    Arban: Variations on “Carnival of Venice”    Chihara: Fleeting Shadows, Still Reflection  I. Yuki   II. Kabuki   III. Rocky   IV. Red    Allard: Variations on a theme of Paganini    Ancelin: La Naissance de Gargantua  I. Lamentation de Gargamelle  II. L’Etrange Nativité


CD974 – INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS 2. The Verdehr Trio. Walter Verdehr, Violin; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Clarinet; Silvia Roederer, Piano.  UPC 009414797421     ORDER NOW     

Nicolas Bacri, A Smiling Suite; Yang Liqing, Trio; Peter Dickinson, Celebration Trio; Jonathan Harvey, Clarinet Trio; Wolfram Wagner, Trio for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano; Kam Kee Yong, And the Fallen Petals; Guido López Gavilan, Como un Antiguo bolero... Peter Sculthorpe, Reef Singing.

This CD, along with International Connections, CD946, features some of the most well-known international composers. This CD974 showcases composers from France, China, England, Austria, Malaysia, Cuba, and Australia. It is truly a feast of some of the best international composers. “The Verdehr Trio seems to have had an uncanny knack in commissioning works only from composers who are first rate...Given the nice variety of styles covered in the eight beautifully written works in this recital, and the fact that the performances and recording match the high standard in the earlier volumes of Crystal’s Making of a Medium series, this disc is self-recommending.” Fanfare (David DeBoor Canfield)

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CD974 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)  Bacri: A Smiling Suite  I. Capriccio   II. Menuet lent   III. Gavotte   IV. Air   V. Fuga diatonica  Liqing: Trio     Dickinson:  Celebration Trio  I. Fugue   II. Lullaby   III. Dance     Harvey: Clarinet Trio     Wagner:  Trio for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano  I. Prelude   II. Scherzo: Canon   III. Intermezzo   IV. Finale     Yong: And the Fallen Petals     Gavilán: Como un antiguo bolero     Sculthorpe: Reef_Singing


CD973– DOUBLE CONCERTOS FOR VIOLIN AND CLARINET; Walter Verdehr, Violin; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Clarinet.  UPC 009414797322     ORDER NOW     

Richard Mills, Duo Concertante (Taipei Symphony, Richard Mills conducting): Stephen Chatman, Concerto for Clarinet, Violin, and Orchestra (Las Cruces Symphony, Lonnie Klein conducting); Paul Chihara, Love Music: Concerto for Violin, Clarinet, and Orchestra (Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk Trevor conducting); Thomas Christian David, Sonate für Klarinette und Violine  (Duo-Sonate Nr. 2)

Walter Verdehr and Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr have become legends for their 225 commissions and thousands of concerts with the Verdehr Trio. This CD shows some of their remarkable performances together as a Duo. Click here for more Verdehr Trio CDs.

CD973 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)
Mills  Duo Concertante   I. Lento-Allegro   II. Lento calmo   III. Presto
    Chatman  Concerto for Clarinet, Violin, and Orchestra  I. The shapes arise!   II. Sound your voice!   III. With love, with love   IV. Joy! Joy! All over joy    Chihara  Love Music: Concerto for Violin, Clarinet, and Orchestra  I. Moderato, con fantasia   II. Moderato cantabile   III. Allegro furioso    David  Sonate fűr Klarinette und Violine  I. Preludium   II. March and Variations


CD781 — KENNETH TSE, Saxophone, with the MI-BÉMOL Saxophone Ensemble. UPC 009414778123      ORDER NOW     

Jules Demersseman, Carnival of Venice; Henri Tomasi, Ballade; Richard Dudas, Fantasia on Lyun Joon Kim’s Elegy; Luis Alarcón, Concertango, 3rd mvt: fugue; Alain Crépin, Saxflight; Grigorij Markovich, Concerto Capriccio on Themes of Paganini; Darius Milhaud, Scaramouche; Giacomo Puccini, Nessun Dorma from Turandot.

A truly unusual and exciting album. The sounds of all the saxophones is almost unbelievable in its beauty. At times it is like listening to one of the best large symphony orchestras. “This release is, in a word, stunning. [This is] a program of winners, with broad appeal. It doesn’t get much better than this: fun music, and a stellar ensemble and soloist.” (Fanfare Magazine)

            Kenneth Tse, with 7 solo CDs on Crystal, is one of the world’s leading classical saxophonists. Born in Hong Kong, he won the New York Artists International Award in 1996 and performed an acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie Hall, after which he was hailed as “a young virtuoso.” He since has been a frequent soloist on five continents. His CDs have been uniformly acclaimed by critics: “elegant tone...sheer virtuosity” (American Record Guide). “phenomenal saxophonist with incredible technical skills and interpretive skills. His tone is absolutely lovely.” (Saxophone Journal). “One of the world’s very finest saxophonists...astounding technical skill...virtuosity and golden tone.” (Fanfare) He currently teaches at the University of Iowa.

            The Mi-Bémol Saxophone Ensemble, founded in 1989 in Japan, has established itself as probably the world’s premiere professional saxophone ensemble. Under the direction of Masahiro Maeda, the group has more than 20 saxophones, including alto, tenor, baritone, bass saxophone, and tubax. With its truly amazing sound, the ensemble performs regularly in Europe, Asia, and North America, including Carnegie Hall. “Mi-Bémol has become well-known for its extraordinary musicianship and the distinctively rich, articulate orchestral sound it produces.”

CD781 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)
Demersseman   Carnival of Venice
    Tomasi   Ballade    Dudas   Fantasia on Lyun Joon Kim’s Elegy    Alarcón   Concertango,3rd mvt: Fugue    Crépin   Saxflight    Kalinkovich   Concerto Capriccio on Themes of Paganini    Milhaud  Scaramouche   Vif   Modéré   Brazileira    Puccini   Nessun Dorma from Turandot


 CD718 – Some Measures for Living. George Pope, Flute; Eric Charnofsky, Piano.

Nikola Resanovic: Sonata for Flute and Piano; Carl Riley: Moerae, The Fates; Ron Newman: Improvisation, Somewhat Reasonable; Nancy Daley: In Cynthia’s Garden; Eric Charnofsky: Four Characters; Roger Zahab: ...some measures for living; Joseph Makholm: Sonata for Flute and Piano. UPC 009414771827     ORDER NOW     

George Pope imbues his performances with the warmth and expression that are part of his personality... Each of the works included [in this album] was written for and/or premiered by him. The pianist Eric Charnofsky is certainly exceptional.  The players achieve a synergy that is apparent from the get-go. Pope and Chernofsky give a performance that is captivating and expressive. It is a pleasure to be exposed to all of these pieces for the first time, especially given the incredibly fine performances that display an  impressive range of style and color.” (The Flutist Quarterly, Spring 2018, Timothy Hagen)


“The wonder of Pope’s playing is how engagingly he pours himself into music that is the same but also very different...reflecting his mellifluous aesthetics and wide-ranging stylistic tastes, with an emphasis of ‘beautiful melodies and colors’.” Gramophone.

            George Pope
is Emeritus Professor of Flute at the University of Akron, and has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and many more. He is a founding member of the Solaris Wind Quintet, recently featured in Quintets by Alec Wilder on Crystal CD758. His performances have been hailed as “clean, arrestingly vigorous and beautiful”, by Fanfare Magazine.         Eric Charnofsky, a graduate of Juilliard, where he majored in piano accompanying, also holds degrees in solo piano performance and composition. He is instructor at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.

CD718 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)
Resanovic: Sonata  I. Retrogression   II. Daydream   III. Blue-jam
     Riley: Moerae, The Fates  I. Clotho   II. Lachesis   III. Atropos     Newman: Improvisation, Somewhat Reasonable     Daley: In Cynthia’s Garden  I. Hostas   II. Strawberries   III. Willow     Charnofsky: Four Characters  I. Reverie   II. Popcorn Music   III. Elegy   IV. Octatonica     Zahab:   ….some measures for living     Makholm: Sonata  I.September Shuffle   II. Iris   III. Lester looks back


CD717 – AMERICAN WEBSTER. Libby Larsen, Barn Dances; Robert Sirota, Birds of Paradise; Anthony Brandt, Round Top Trio; Richard Toensing, Children of Light; Paul Schoenfeld, Sonatina. UPC 009414771728     ORDER NOW     

Leone Buyse Flute; Michael Webster, Clarinet; Robert Moeling, Piano. Click here for CD cover photo and Webster Trio details.

Libby Larsen is one of America’s most performed living composers, having created a catalog of over 500 works. She was a Grammy Award winner and has established a permanent place for her works in concert repertory. Likewise the other composers are recognized as tops in their field. These are premiere recordings of works written and/or premiered by the Webster Trio.

The Webster Trio is in-residence at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Leone Buyse was previously principal flute with the Boston Symphony and Michael Webster was principal clarinet with the San Francisco Symphony. Robert Moeling is an acclaimed chamber pianist and soloist. These are premiere recordings of works most of which were written for the Webster Trio

CD717 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)
Larsen: Barn Dances  I. Forward Six and Fall Back Eight   II. Divide the Ring   III. Varsouvianna   IV. Rattleshake Twist   
Sirota: Birds of Paradise    Brandt:  Round Top Trio    Toensing: Children of Light  I. Dawn Processional   II. Song of the Morning Stars   III. The Robe of Light   IV. Silver Lightning, Golden Rain   V. Phos Hilarioin    Schoenfeld:  Sonatina  I. Charleston   II. Rag   III. Jig


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