Crystal Records — Thomas Stevens, Trumpet

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Thomas Stevens is retired from his position as principal trumpet player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held for 27 years. He was described by a European publication, "Brass Bulletin," as being "undeniably one of the most important voices in the development of the trumpet in the latter part of the 20th century," primarily for his efforts in promoting, through performance and premiere recordings, new works for solo trumpet, as well as the publication of many of his educational materials on the same subject. He is also a published/recorded composer and was an active educator throughout the world including being a faculty member at the University of Southern California, CalArts, and Music Academy of the West.

CD122: THE VENETIAN BRASS ALBUM. Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony Brass sections; Peter Sacco, Tenor. Four, five, and eight part music by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, Guami, Correggio, Antegnati, Frescobaldi, Chilese, Bartolino, and Lappi. With special bonus work from Peter Sacco: Three Psalms for Brass Quintet and Tenor Voice.
            Music of the 16th century lends itself very well to brass ensembles. This recording, originally released on LP in 1978, features some of the best brass players around at that time. Most of these players, including Thomas Stevens, Malcolm McNab, Miles Anderson, Jeffrey Reynolds, and Roger Bobo have become icons of excellence in the brass world.
UPC 009414712226 
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Ricercar Del Duodecimo Tuono   Canzon 6   Canzon Vigesima Terza a 5   Ricercar Del Sesto Tuono   Canzon Vigesima   Canzon 9   Canzon Vigesima Prima a 5   Canzon Seconda   Canzon Vigesimaquarta a 8   Canzon Trigesigesimaseconda   Canzon Trigesima a 8   Canzon 26 (La Negrona)   Canzon Vigesimatottava   Canzon Vigesimanona a 8   Psalm 13, How Long Wilt Thou Forget Me, O Lord?   Psalm 18, the Sorrows Of Death Compassed Me   Psalm 83, Keep Not Thou Silence, O God

 CD230: DALLAS TRUMPETS. The Dallas Symphony Trumpet section, featuring Richard Giangiulio and Andrew McCandless with Thomas Stevens and friends. Vincent Persichetti: Parable for Solo Trumpet and Parable for Two Trumpets; Henri Tomasi: Suite for Three Trumpets; Bert Truax: Adagio and Allegro; Benjamin Britten: Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury; Stanley Friedman: Antiphonia IV; Anthony Plog: Four Concert Duets; Ulysses Kay: Three Fanfares for Four Trumpets; Thomas Stevens: The Moudon Fanfares. "Required listening for the enrichment of serious students of the trumpet. Hearty thanks to the magnificent Dallas Symphony trumpet section." American Record Guide.
UPC 009414723024 ORDER NOW

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Satie: Carillon Sonnerie   Truax:  Adagio and Allegro  Tomasi Suite:  Mvt 1(Havanaise)  Mvt 2(Lento Egeen)  Mvt 3(Danse Bolivienne)  Persichetti:  Parable for Solo Trumpet   Parable for Two Trumpets  Friedman: Antiphonia IV  Plog Duets:  Fanfare
Pastoral Scherzo Dialogue    Stevens Fanfares:  Deaux a Dix  B.I.M Tranquille Clifford Epilogue   Kay: Fanfares   Britten:  Fanfare

 

CD665: THOMAS STEVENS, TRUMPET Peter Maxwell Davies and George Antheil: Sonatas for Trumpet & Piano; Hans Werner Henze: Sonatina; Thomas Stevens: Triangles, Variations on a Clifford Interval, and A New Carnival of Venice for four trumpets; Henri Tomasi: Triptyque; Ibert: Impromptu; Bernstein: Rondo for Lifey; Charles Dodge: Extensions; Meyer Kupferman: Three Ideas. Zita Carno, David Wheatley, Chet Swiatkowski, piano; Charlie Shoemake, vibraphone; Barry Lieberman, bass; with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Trumpet section. “Tom Stevens is at one and the same a virtuoso and a highly thoughtful musician. I can think of only a handful of players who are his equal, and certainly none better.” Andre Previn. UPC 009414766526 ORDER NOW    Click here for CD cover photo and details.

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Davies Sonata:  Mvt 1 (Allegro Moderato)   Mvt 2 (Lento)   Mvt 3 (Allegro Vivo)   Antheil Sonata:  Mvt 1 (Allegretto)   Mvt 2 (Dolce)   Mvt 3(Scherzo Vivace)   Mvt 4(Allegretto)   Stevens: Triangles  Mvt 1(Senza Misura)  Mvt 2(Quasi Lento)  Mvt 3(Presto Possibile)   Henze: Sonatina  Mvt 1(Toccata)  Mvt 2(Canzone)  Mvt 3(Segnali)   Kupferman: Three Ideas  Adagio Non Troppo  Allegro Scherzando  Lento  Dodge: Extensions   Stevens: Variations on Clifford Intervals   Stevens: A New Carnival of Venice   Bernstein: Rondo for Lifey   Tomasi: Triptyque  Scherzo  Largo  Salterelle   Ibert: Impromptu


CD667: THOMAS STEVENS, TRUMPET. Verne Reynolds: Signals (solo trumpet & tuba with brass; Roger Bobo, tuba); William Kraft: Encounters III (trumpet, percussion); Chou Wen-chung: Soliloquy of a Bhiksuni (solo trumpet, brass, percussion);  Robert Henderson: Variation Movements (trumpet solo); Silvestre Revueltas: Two Little Serious Pieces (trumpet & woodwinds: Westwood Wind Quintet); Frank Campo: Times (trumpet solo); Meyer Kupferman: Fires of Prometheus (trumpet & piano). Stevens is solo trumpet with Los Angeles Philharmonic. “...excellent pieces. Performances entertaining to incredible. Without a doubt, one of the world's finest brass players.” American Record Guide 
UPC 009414766724
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Reynolds:  Signals    Kraft Encounters:  Mvt 1 (Strategy)   Mvt 2 (Truce of God)   Mvt 3 (Tactics)   Wen-Chung: Soliloquy   Henderson: Variation Movements  Theme  Very Fast  Slow  Fast and Rhythmic   Revueltas: Two Little Serious Pieces  Allegro  Tempo di Valse   Campo: Good Times  Time to Go   Kupferman: Fires of Prometheus

 

CD761: THOMAS STEVENS, TRUMPET. Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata; Bozza: Caprice, Lied, and Badinage; Ropartz: Andante & Allegro; Barat: Andante & Scherzo; Borden: Six Dialogues for Trumpet & Trombone; Lewis: Monophony VII for Unaccompanied Trumpet; Poulenc: Sonata for Trumpet, Horn, & Trombone (with John Cerminaro, horn; Ralph Sauer, trombone); Zita Carno, piano. “...technical & musical bravura. Sensational." InTune Magazine
UPC 009414776129
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Hindemith Sonata:  Mvt 1 (Mit Kraft)   Mvt 2 (Maasig bewegt)   Mvt 3 (Trauermusik & Chorale)   Bozza: Caprice   Ropartz : Andante and  Allegro   Barat: Andante  and  Scherzo   Bozza: Lied   Bozza: Badinage   Poulenc: Sonata  Allegro Moderato  Andante  Rondeau   Borden: Six Dialogues  Allegro  Allegro  Andante and Un Poco Allegretto  Con Giorralita  Majestic  Allegretto   Lewis: Monophony VII

  

CD960: PHILHARMONIC STANDARD TIME.  Thomas Stevens, Trumpet; Terry Trotter, Piano; Tom Warrington, Bass; Ralph Penland, Drums. Thomas Stevens, principal trumpet, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and friends improvise jazz renditions of songs by composers previously affiliated with Los Angeles Philharmonic: John Green, Bronislaw Kaper, David Raksin, Victor Scherzinger, Henry Mancini, Ferde Grofe. Out of Nowhere, Body and Soul, Invitation, I Cover the Waterfront, While My Lady Sleeps, Laura, Tangerine, Two for the Road, Sylvia, On the Trail. “...thoroughly recommended." Jazz Journal International
UPC 009414796028
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Green:  Out of Nowhere   Body and Soul   I Cover the Waterfront   Kaper:  Invitation
While My Lady Sleeps

 

CD801: MUSIC OF HOVHANESS.  Symphony No.11: All Men Are Brothers, Prayer of St. Gregory (Thomas Stevens, trumpet), Armenian Rhapsody No.1,  Tzaikerk. Royal Philharmonic, with Hovhaness conducting, and Crystal Chamber Orchestra, with Ernest Gold conducting. UPC 009414780126 >ORDER NOW

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Symphony No. 11      Armenian Rhapsody      Prayer of St. Gregory      Tzaikerk

 

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