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An LP classic is reborn as a spectacular CD.
When the first LP of the Los Angeles Brass Quintet was released in 1967 it set high standards to which other quintets could strive. This recording introduced fabulous trumpeter Thomas Stevens and tuba player Roger Bobo to the world, along with Miles Anderson on trombone, Mario Guarneri on trumpet, and Ralph Pyle on horn. Now on Compact Disc with additional pieces from the LABQ’s 2nd LP, the playing still proves to be some of the best brass playing anywhere.  

This CD, CD102,  features Paganini Three Caprices, Bartok Suite from For Children, Wilder Brass Quintet No. 1, Hindemith Morgenmusik, Schmidt Variations on a Negro Folk Song, Cheetham Scherzo, and pieces by J.S. Bach, and Pezel. UPC 009414710222    ORDER NOW     

The players were all members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the time this recording was made. Formed in 1966, the LABQ toured the U.S. and Europe, playing its last concert in 1975, At the time they retired from the orchestra, Thomas Stevens had been principal trumpet for 25 years; Roger Bobo tubist for 25 years. All of the players had long tenures with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and continued after retirement from the orchestra to perform and teach throughout the world.

Stevens and Bobo have four solo CDs each on Crystal Records. They are considered some of the finest solo brass recordings ever made.

CD102 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)
Pezel: Five Dances  I. Intrade   II. Sarabande   III. Bal   IV. Sarabande   V. Gigue
    Paganini: Three Caprices  I. Moderato   II. Sostenuto, Andante   III. Theme and Variations    Bartók: Suite from “For Children”  I. Children at Play   II. Children’s Song   III. Play   IV. Children’s Game   V. Study for the Left Hand   VI. Quasi Adagio   VII. Allegro Robusto    Wilder: Brass Quintet  I. Trumpet Prelude   II. Horn Elegy   III. Tuba Showpiece   IV. Trombone Lyric   V. Toccata   VI. Finale    Hindemith: Morgenmusik  I. Massig Bewegt   II. Langsame Viertel   III. Bewegt    Bach: Fantasie in C Major   Air pour les Trompettes   Prelude & Fugue in E Minor    Schmidt: Variations of a Negro Folk Song  I. Theme   II. Fanfare   III. Ostinato   IV. Chorale   V. March   VI. Fugato    Cheetham: Scherzo


Another LP classic on CD from the Los Angeles Brass Quintet, now with the Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble; Stanley Chaloupka, Harp; and Sharon Davis, Piano.

CD109: The third LP from the Los Angeles Brass Quintet, released in 1974, also garnered attention for its spectacular playing and exciting repertoire. Now on CD109, the playing and recording quality are still among the best. Brass performers, same as on the first LABQ LP and CD, are fabulous trumpeter Thomas Stevens and tuba player Roger Bobo, along with Miles Anderson on trombone, Mario Guarneri on trumpet, and Ralph Pyle on horn. The Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble, the brass players, and Stanley Chaloupka, harpist, were all members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the time this recording was made. Sharon Davis is a famous recording artist and touring pianist.

CD109. William Kraft, Nonet for Brass Quintet and Percussion; Frank Campo, Madrigals for Brass Quintet; Rayner Brown, Concertino for Harp and Brass Quintet; William Schmidt, Concertino for Piano and Brass Quintet.  UPC 009414710925    ORDER NOW     

These works were all written for the Los Angeles Brass Quintet. The Kraft Nonet is unique in its instrumentation and its 22 minutes are an exciting listening experience. Rayner Brown was Dean and State Chairman of the American Guild of Organists. He wrote a wonderfully listenable piece for this recording. William Schmidt is well known for his hundreds of works for brass and woodwinds, which are staples in the repertoire for concerts throughout the world. Frank Campo was a Professor at California State University Northridge for 25 years, and his many works are performed regularly.

CD109 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)
Kraft: Nonet for Brass Quintet  I. Presto   II. Andante   III. Interlude 1 – Scherzo a Tre   IV. Allegretto; quasi Scherzando   V. Interlude 2 –Scherzo a Quatro   VI. Maestoso e Rubato
     Campo: Madrigals  I. Indifference   II. Unrequited Love   III. Aria Perduta     Brown: Concertino for Harp and Brass Quintet  I. Allegretto   II. Adagio   III. Allegro con brio   IV. Adagio   V. Allegretto     Schmidt: Concertino for Piano and Brass Quintet  I. Allegro con Brio   II. Largo   III. Allegro con Spirito




CD360: Trumpeter Extraordinaire Thomas Stevens. UPC 009414736924.   ORDER NOW     


Stravinsky, Fanfare for a New Theater (w/Mario Guarneri, trumpet); Elliott Carter, Canon for Three (w/Mario Guarneri & Roy Poper, trumpets); Aurelio De La Vega, Para-Tangents (w/pre-recorded sounds); Iain Hamilton, Five Scenes (w/Ralph Grierson, piano); Henri Lazarof, Concertazioni (w/instrumental ensemble); Harold Budd, New Work #5 (w/Ralph Grierson, piano); Carlos Chávez, Soli (w/Peter Christ, oboe; David Atkins, clarinet; Kay Brightman, bassoon). This new CD has the works that Stevens recorded for Crystal LPs that had not been released previously on CD. Stevens died on July 14, 2018; this CD is a tribute to his spectacular playing.


THOMAS STEVENS, TRUMPET (1938-2018), was solo trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 28 years. He was, “without a doubt, one of the world’s finest brass players”, said the American Record Guide.  He was “at one and the same a virtuoso and a highly thoughtful musiciaI can think of only handful who are his equal, and certainly none better.” Andre Previn.  He has five solo CDs. See Thomas Stevens. See also L.A. Brass Quintet  CD102 and  CD109 under Brass Ensembles.


Sound samples will be shown here in a few weeks.


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     

A virtuoso player. Plog is a composer as well, represented by a brief Fanfare for Two Trumpets’ and ‘Animal Ditties’ a witty mini-suite for narrator (Hal Smith), trumpet and piano on poens by Ogden Nash....piano played impeccably by Sharon Davis...Enescu’s and Bozza’s works allow one to gauge Plog’s undeniable muscianship but it is the sheer diversity that is the winning feature of the disc.” Gramophone, June 2018, Guy Richards

The playing is first-rate, sound quality excellent,” American Record Guide, May/June 2018, Kilpatrick

”All in all, this is a great celebration of trumpet playing.” Fanfare July/August 2018, Colin Clarke

Verne Reynold's three-movement’ Music for Five Trumpet’s 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 Dittie’s 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



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