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Crystal Records — CD358, Pas de Trois

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     Kenneth Tse, a native of Hong Kong, has performed in many parts of Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States as a soloist and adjudicator. He has given clinics at major conferences, such as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics and North America Saxophone Alliance Conferences, and universities around the globe.
     Mainly self-taught as a youth, he met Eugene Rousseau in 1989 and began his studies at Indiana University with Rousseau, becoming the youngest winner of the IU Saxophone Concerto Competition and the first saxophonist ever to receive the prestigious artist diploma from the IU School of Music. Rousseau called him, "a brilliant saxophonist...worthy of any stage in the world." As a student at IU, Tse began his recording and concertizing career. A winner of the New York Artists International Competition, Tse made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1996 and was hailed as "a young virtuoso" by the New York Times. An advocate for new music, Tse has had many works dedicated to him by notable composers. Tse has three solo CDs on Crystal Records.
     Tse is currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Iowa and also serves as the Membership Director for the North American Saxophone Alliance.   Click here for Kenneth Tse’s other CDs on Crystal Records.

     Benjamin Coelho, Associate Professor of Bassoon, has been at the University of Iowa since 1998. He has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and clinician in North and South America and Europe. An avid chamber musician, he was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, which performed numerous concert tours throughout the United States. The group won various chamber music competitions including Artists International, Coleman, and Monterey Peninsula Chamber Music Competition. In 1987 the quintet played a sold-out concert at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York.
     An enthusiastic proponent of new music, Coelho has commissioned, performed and recorded many works by European, American and Latin American composers. His two solo CDs are on Albany and Crystal Records. He is a member of Wizards! A Double Reed Consort, and has recorded two CDs with this group.
     Before his position at the University of Iowa, Coelho was the Vice-Dean and Bassoon Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). As a performer in his native Brazil, he held principal positions with symphony orchestras in Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, and Belo Horizonte. He currently performs as principal bassoon with the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Iowa Woodwind Quintet. Click here for Benjamin Coelho’s other CDs on Crystal Records.

     Alan Huckleberry, Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Collaborative Arts at the University of Iowa, holds degrees from the conservatories of Karlsruhe and Cologne (Germany), as well as from the University of Michigan (MM, DMA). He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Europe and the United States, and is a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions. He performs with saxophonist Kenneth Tse on Crystal Records CD658.
     Huckleberry's interests in piano pedagogy include historical performance practices, key characteristics, as well as the integration of contemporary music in today's teaching. He gives clinics on pedagogical topics locally, nationally, and internationally. Actively involved in the Music Teachers National Association and the Iowa Music Teachers Association, he is currently the faculty advisor to the collegiate chapter of MTNA, state board and executive committee member, as well as chair of the commissioning committee.
     Before his appointment at the University of Iowa, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory at Wuppertal in Germany, the University of Michigan, and Albion College, Michigan.

 

 

CD358: Pas de Trois.  Kenneth Tse, Saxophone; Benjamin Coelho, Bassoon; Alan Huckleberry, Piano. Bernard Van Beurden, Pas de trois;  Jindrich Feld, Trio Giocoso; David Froom, Arirang Variations; Perry Goldstein, Noir; Don Freund, Louder than Words. UPC 00941473582-9.    ORDER NOW

Saxophone, Bassoon, and Piano is an unusual combination that creates an exciting and vibrant sound. The works on this CD represent some of the finest writing for this combination, and the performers are three of the best practitioners of their art.

Kenneth Tse "plays with seductive tonal beauty" (American Record Guide) and is "a brilliant saxophonist...worthy of any stage in the world." (Eugene Rousseau). Benjamin Coelho's "playing is unfailingly sonorous, expressive and alert." (Gramophone)   Alan Huckleberry has "technical mastery and interpretive panache." (Fanfare)  The three musicians are on the faculty at the University of Iowa and perform internationally.

"Both Kenneth Tse and Benjamin Coelho play with warm, full tone and with enviable agility. Alan Huckleberry ably accompanies them, and then some, because this music rarely relegates him to the back seat. His alert playing is a fine foil for his partners and for the music too." International Record Review, October 2006

"The Pas de Trois CD is living proof of just how exciting the saxophone can be in a chamber ensemble. ... To sum up this trio's performance would be to say they are simply superb. This trio of three virtuoso musicians has created a completely exhilarating musical experience on this CD. This is a CD that you don't want to miss. Bravo!" Saxophone Journal, Nov/Dec 2006

"From Crystal comes yet another program of stimulating chamber works by fairly obscure composers. As usual, it is beautifully performed and recorded with great presence." Fanfare Magazine, Nov/Dec 2006

"These performances are as good as they can be. The three of them play with impeccable musicianship, exhilarating technique, and panache; and they deliver nothing short of the best. Not only is it a delight to hear them play, but this music is a pleasure to hear." American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2006

"While the instrumentation of this trio may seem unusual, the timbres blend beautifully and create interesting counterpoint throughout this wonderful recording." The Instrumentalist Magazine, August 2006

 

Sound samples (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear up to one minute of the movement shown.
Van Beurden: Pas de trois:  Ouverture   Pastorale   Tarantella   Feld: Trio Giocoso:  Allegro   Andante   Allegro vivo    Froom:  Arirang Variations    Goldstein:  Noir    Freund:  Louder than Words:  Part I   Part II

 

 

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