Crystal Records — New Releases

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This page lists all new releases starting 2014. The newer CDs are at the top. We will add to the list as necessary. Please check back frequently; we usually issue one or two new releases each month. SOUND SAMPLES are available for selected movements of most of the new releases and more will be added when available.  We are changing our format for the sound samples, so some of the samples are mp3 files, but others use RealPlayer.  RealPlayer is free at

One New Release shown in our catalog will be available at the end of January and will be posted on this page then. If you know about it from our 2016 catalog, you can order it here by clicking on the catalog number or by phone or mail. Full description will be shown when the CD is available.  CD972: Verdehr Trio, American Images 7.

For a copy of our 2016 catalog (32 large pages in color with copies of the covers and listings of more than 270 CDs) please email us at The 2016 catalog was sent to everyone on our mailing list in December, 2015 (if you have ordered before or asked for a catalog before you should have gotten one).

Look for 50th Anniversary half-price specials. There are some on every instrument page this web site.

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CD825 – 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.  UPC 009414782526
         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).   ORDER NOW      Click here for more DeAlmeida CDs.

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   Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV    Reinecke:  Trio in A minor   Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III   Mvmt IV    Arnold: Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello   Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III    Moricz:  Three Consequences for Four Players  Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III


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


50th Anniversary half price special (just $8.47) 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. “A most stimulating release, beautifully recorded and most helpfully annotated.” – Fanfare. “Fine performances of music by Alvin Etler and Dan Welcher, who share stylistic traits without sounding at all the same. The Etler Quintets are generous in thematic and rhythmic personality. The three movements of Welcher’s Quintet are built in classical structures that enchant at every poetic or colorful turn of phrase.” ­­– Gramophone

            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


CD880 – 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      ORDER NOW     

The Bartok Duos for Violin are standards for every violinist and are very well known to most music lovers. Peter Bartok, Bela’s son, made these transcriptions of 23 of the Duos and was delighted to have this distinguished pair of musicians record them. Augusta Read Thomas was composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony for almost ten years and is performed throughout the world. Del Tredici is also one of the best known composers anywhere. Piston was one of the most influential composers and teachers at Harvard in the mid-20th century.

            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.”

CD880 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)
ók: 23 Duos for Viola and Cello   1. Maypole Dance   2. Menuetto   3. Slovakian Song   4. Play Song   5. Ruthenian Song   6. Wedding Song   7. Pillow Dance   8. Soldiers’ Song   9. Hungarian March   10. Burlesque   11. A Fairy Tale   12. Dialogue   13. New Year’s Song   14. Farewell to the Bride   15. Jeering Song   16. Hungarian Song   17. Grief   18. Dance from Maramaros   19. Ruthenian Kolomeika   20. Walachian Dance   21. Arabian Song   22. Pizzicato   23. Transylvanian Dance    Thomas:  Dream Catcher    Del Tredici:   Cello Acrostic    Piston: Duo for Viola and Cello   Mvmt I   Mvmt II   Mvmt III


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.

            “Putting to full use the commanding, soaring precision and full-blooded but selfless style that made him one of the country’s most valued concertmasters...Weiss demonstrated a deep identification with and sensitivity to Prokofiev’s quicksilver moods and unique colors, partnered in every sense and measure by his wife’s unflappable, elegant virtuosity.” – Gramophone

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


CD971: VERDEHR TRIO, American Images 6 – The Making of a Medium vol 21. Elsa Ludwig-Verdehr, Clarinet; Walter Verdehr, Violin; Silvia Roederer, Piano. 

Michael Daugherty, Ladder to the Moon; Pamela Madsen, Sea Change 1; Gerald Cohen, Variously Blue; Evan Chambers, Thorn and Flare.  UPC 009414797124.   ORDER NOW     

The Verdehr Trio has commissioned and performed over 22 new works. “The breadth of these commissions is amazing.” – Fanfare. “The quality of the results is astonishly high.” – Strad Magazine. Click here for more Verdehr Trio CDs.

CD971 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)
Daugherty: Ladder to the Moon  Night, New York
   Looking Up    Madsen: Sea Change 1    Cohen: Variously Blue    Chambers: Thorn and Fire    Flesher: Three Segments  Burlesque    Valse Lente    Energico


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


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 $128. This is better than 37% discount from getting the 12 CDs individually. Or, think of it as better than 4 FREE CDs with the purchase of the other 8 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)


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Coming (watch this page for release dates):

Verdehr Trio. (violin, clarinet, piano) American Images 7: Music by Hutcheson, Madsen, Gershwin.

George Pope, Flute. Music by Resanovic, Riley, Newman, Daley, Charnofsky, Zahab, and Makholm. Pope is recently retired as flutist with the Solaris Wind Quintet.

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