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CD301-scanCD301: BRAHMS Two Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano. Mitchell Lurie, Clarinet; Leona Lurie, Piano. DANIEL KESSNER, Dances for Clarinet and Guitar; Richard Lesser, Clarinet; Jordan Charnofsky, Guitar. UPC 009414730121. BUY NOW  

Mitchell Lurie, former principal clarinet with the  Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphonies under Fritz Reiner, taught at the University of Southern California for 50 years, and is possibly the best-known clarinetist in the world. The Brahms Sonatas were originally on Crystal LP S301, which was one of Crystal’s best-selling LPs. Richard Lesser, one of Lurie’s prize students, was principal clarinet with the Israel Philharmonic for 35 years. This is the premiere recording of Daniel Kesner’s Dances. Jordan Charnofsky has performed guitar with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, in the World Festival of Sacred Music, numerous times at the Academy Awards celebrations, and for TV and film.

“This CD is a digital transfer from Lurie’s original analogue LP recording which he did for Crystal Records in 1972. In reissuing this Crystal has performed an important service for clarinetists and lovers of the music of Brahms.  Mitchell Lurie had a long and distinguished career as a performer and artist teacher.  This CD is a beautiful partnership of long standing with his wife, Leona Lurie. She is a musician of equal stature in these performances, playing with real power and clarity which matches his clarinet playing.  Their Music making, if he could have heard it, would have brought a smile to Brahms’ face.”

“The music is immediately likeable and would be a welcome addition to a recital programme.”  Australian Clarinet and Saxophone,Summer 2009-2010

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Brahms Sonata in F Minor 
Mvt 1  Allegro appassionato   Mvt 2 Andante un poco Adagio   Mvt 3 Allegro grazioso   Mvt 4 Vivace    Brahms Sonata in Eb Major  Mvt 1 Allegro amabile   Mvt 2  Allegro appassionato   Mvt 3  Andante con moto    Kessner: Dances  Sicilienne   Balkan Dance   Sarabande   Fire Dance

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Description automatically generatedCD330: JAMES CAMPBELL, CLARINET. John York, Piano.  UPC 009414733023.   BUY NOW

Malcolm Arnold, Sonatina, op. 29; Claude Debussy, Petite Pièce and Premiere Rhapsodie; Gabriel Pierné, Canzonetta; Alban Berg, Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, op. 5; Witold Lutoslawski, Five Dance Preludes; Paul Jeanjean, Carnival of Venice; Carl Maria von Weber, Seven Variations on a theme from Silvana, op. 33.

James Campbell, Clarinet, with John York, Piano. James Campbell has been named Canada's Artist of the Year, made a member of the CBC Classical Music Hall of Fame, awarded the Queen's Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Honorary Doctor of Laws, and Canada's highest honor, the Order of Canada. He has performed in over 35 countries with over 60 orchestras, including the Boston Pops, Montreal Symphony, and three of London's top orchestras: the Philharmonic, Symphony, and Philharmonia. He has over 40 recordings. Campbell was Professor of Music at Indiana University from 1988-2019.

“Clarinet playing simply doesn’t get any better than this…his tone is pure honey, his transitions between registers smooth and seamless, his intonation precise, his technical execution flawless, and his music instincts in matters of tempo,dynamics, phrasing, and interpretive expression always true to the letter and intent of the score before him. If you love the clarinet, this is a must. If you hear it and you don’t love James Campbell, you don’t love music.”  Fanfare May 2021 (Dubins)

“the highest level of artistic collaboration…Campbell’s elegance, subtlety, and refinement as a musician are exceptional. This collection holds broad appeal for its purely musical values. I have never come away as musically satisfied by a clarinet recital as I did from this one. Campbell and York deserve to reach the widest possible audience.” Fanfare May 2021 (Huntley Dent)

John York is a winner of the International Debussy Prize in Paris, and soloist with many orchestras. For 33 years he was Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

“York is phenomenal at the keyboard, combining prodigious technique and instrumental command with a profound understanding each score, composer, and moment.” American Record Guide March/April 2021 (Hanudel)

 

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Arnold: Sonatina 
Mvt 1  Allegro con brio   Mvt 2  Andantino   Mvt 3  Furioso     Debussy:  Petite Piece     Premiere Rhapsodie     Pierne  Canzonetta     Berg: Four Pieces   Mvt 1 Massig   Mvt 2  Sehr Langsam   Mvt 3  Sehr rasch   Mvt 4  Langsam     Lutoslawski: Five Dance Preludes   Mvt 1  Allegro molto   Mvt 2  Andantino   Mvt 3  Allegro giocoso   Mvt 4  Andante   Mvt 5  Allegro Molto     Jeanjean:  Carnival of Venice     Von Weber: Seven Variations on a theme from Silvana

 

CD332: Clarinet Candescence.  Melvin Warner, Clarinet.  With Diane Ragins, soprano; Allan Dameron, piano; Sylvia Reynolds, CD332 cover for catpiano; Peter Middleton, flute; Jerry Horner, viola. Carl Maria von Weber: Fantasia and Rondo and Grand Duo Concertant; Igor Stravinsky: Three Songs from William Shakespeare; Krzysztof Penderecki: 3 Miniature; Donald Martino: A Set for Clarinet; Louis Spohr: Six German Songs; William O. Smith: Five Pieces. Melvin Warner is former associate principal clarinet of the Saint Louis Symphony and is clarinet and chamber music professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University. This compact disc features some of the most exciting music ever composed for the clarinet. Melvin Warner’s original release on LP was called “a real find, one of the finest clarinet recordings I have yet to hear” by Edward Tatnall Canby writing in Audio Magazine.
“In Smith’s and Martino’s unaccompanied pieces, Warner is an artist … in his element – fluid, stylish, and in complete command of the music’s considerable technical difficulties, including frequent, large shifts in register.” Fanfare Magazine UPC 009414733221      
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von Weber: Grand Duo Concertant:  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3    Smith: Five Pieces:  Vigorous    Flowing   Rhythmic   Singing    Spirited     Spohr: Six German Songs:  Sei still mein Herz    Zwiegesang    Sehnsucht   Wiegenlied    Das heimliche Lied    Wach auf     Martino: A Set for Clarinet:  Allegro    Adagio   Allegro     Stravinsky: Three Songs:  Musick to heare    Full fadom five    When Dasies pied     Penderecki: 3 Miniature:  Allegro    Andante cantabile    Allegro ma non troppo     von Weber: Fantasia and Rondo:  Adagio ma non troppo    Allegro giojoso

CD356 scan EpsonCD356: Tour de France. Webster Trio. Michael Webster, clarinet; Leone Buyse, flute; Katherine Collier, piano. Gabriel Faure: Dolly Suite (flute, clarinet, piano; transcribed by Webster); Faure: Morceau de Concours (flute, piano; Arr. Hulme-Brieff); Saint-Saëns: Tarantella, op. 6 (flute, clarinet, piano); Debussy: Petite PIece & Premiere Rhapsodie (clarinet, piano); Syrinx (solo flute); Prelude à l’apres-midi d’un Faune (flute, clarinet, piano; transcribed by Webster); Georges Bizet: Jeux d’Enfants (flute, piccolo, clarinet, piano; transcribed by Webster).  UPC 009414735621  BUY NOW     Click here for CD cover photo and Webster Trio details.

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Faure Dolly Ste.:
  Mvt 1 (Berceuse)   Mvt 2 (Mi-a-ou)   Mvt 3 (Le jardin)   Mvt 4 (Kitty Valse)   Mvt 5 (Tendresse)    Mvt 6(Spanish Dance)    Faure: Morceau de concours    Saint- Saëns: Tarantella    Debussy: Petit Piece    Premiere Rhapsodie    Syrinx    Prelude à l’apres-midi d’un faune    Bizet: Jeux d’enfants  The Swing   The Top   The Doll   Merry-Go -Round    Shuttlecock    Trumpet and Drum   Soap Bubbles   Puss in the Corner   Blindman's Bluff   Leapfrog   Little Husband, Little Wife   The Ball

 CD357: WORLD WIDE WEBSTER.  The Webster Trio (Leone Buyse, Flute; Michael Webster, CD357 scanClarinet; Robert Moeling, Piano).  Antonin Dvorak, Slavonic Dances;  Claude Debussy, Petite Suite; Johannes Brahms, Hungarian Dances; Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Four Pieces (La Jota Aragonesa, Souvenir de la Havane, Souvenir de Cuba, Grande Tarantelle).  UPC 09414735720 BUY NOW    Click here for CD cover photo and Webster Trio details.

Leone Buyse is former principal flutist with the Boston Symphony. Michael Webster is former principal clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.  Robert Moeling is an international soloist and chamber musician. They are now based at the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. The works are superb, exciting transcriptions by Michael Webster from four-hand piano literature.World Wide Webster is a fine new offering...These three musicians play as one, and their sense of ensemble and creative interpretations define the essence of chamber music."  Flute Talk   "Performances here are excellent, with a seamless match between the two winds, and a coherent blend with Robert Moeling's buoyant piano textures.  Recordings are very fine..."  Paul Ingram, Fanfare

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Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dances
  Presto  (op.46,no.8)  Moderato (op.72,no.14)  Poco adagio (op.72,no.13)  Allegretto grazioso (op.72,no.12)  Poco allegro  (op.46,no.6)  Claude Debussy: Petite Suite En bateau Cortege   Menuet   Ballet   Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances  No. 6  (Vivace)  No.16 (Con moto)  No.14 (Un poco andante)  No.13  (Andanta grazioso)  No.5  (Allegro)  No.7  (Allegretto)  No.21  (Vivace)  Louis Moreau Gottschalk: La Jota Aragonesa  Souvenir de la Havane  Souvenir de Cuba  Grande Tarantelle

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Description automatically generatedCD646: MOZART SERENADE NO. 10 IN Bb, K. 361 for 12 Winds and Double Bass. Toronto Chamber Winds, Winton Webber, Conductor.  UPC 00941476462.   BUY NOW

Mozart's Serenade No. 10 in Bb, K.361, for 12 Winds and Double Bass, is a masterpiece in every respect. It is one of his longest instrumental works  and is a musical blockbuster. It is written for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 basset horns, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, and double bass. The Toronto Chamber winds include members of the Toronto Symphony, the Canadian Ballet Orchestra, and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Oboes: Harry Sargous, David Sussman; Clarinets: James Campbell, Gwillym Williams; Basset Horns: David Bourque, Daniel Leeson; Bassoons: Christopher Weait, Mitchell Clarke; Horns: R. Scott Wilson, Miles Hearn, Wayne Jeffrey, Gary Pattison; Double Bass: Peter Madgett.

         Serenade K. 361, Over 49 minutes, consists of seven movements of extraordinary contrast, requiring unusual instrumental resources whose characteristic colors were exploited as never before and rarely since. This performance by the Toronto Chamber Winds is one of the only recorded performances that adheres to the original Mozart manuscript. There are many differences between this and the corrupted versions that are usually heard and have been recorded previously.

This recording was originally on Crystal LP S646, released 1982, and was the first recording of the work under the guidance of Daniel Leeson, who was one of the editors of the Serenade for the Bärenreiter publication of the complete edition of Mozart’s music. The performance is embellished in a style appropriate to the time of composition.

“the composer’s crowning achievement in the serenade genre, an undisputed masterpiece…a fine performance. The Toronto Chamber Winds are more than worthy for serious consideration…a fine performance.” Fanfare (Jerry Dubins)

“The performing on this recording is exquisite. Lyrical, sonorous, perfectly balanced, the musicians are to be lauded for this hallmark achievement. For an exemplary recording of the Gran Partita, one need look no further.” The Horn Call (Lydia Van Dreel)

“Masterfully performed… lush performance and a master-class in knowing when to lead and when to get out of the way. This is a worthy addition to every band director's collection and teachers should make a point of sharing this with their double reed, clarinet, and horn players.” Instrumentalist (April 2020)

“The playing is polished and professional; and the group produces a rich and resonant sound. Solo passages are clear and lyrical; and the accompanying lines have excellent balance and rhythm.”  American Record Guide (July/August 2020, Hanudel)

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Serenade in Bb, K. 361 (370a)   I. Largo; Allegro molto   II. Menuetto;Trio 1,Trio 2   III. Adagio_sample.mp3   IV. Menuetto; Trio 1, Trio 2   V. Romanze   VI. Thema_mit_Variationen   VII. Finale:Rondo Allegro molto

 

009414771728CD717 – 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   BUY 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

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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


CD731-scan-for-iTunesCD731: Larry Combs, Clarinet. With Gail Williams, Horn; Mary Ann Covert, Piano.  Miklós Rózsa: Sonata for Clarinet Solo and Sonatina for Clarinet Solo; George Rochberg: Trio for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano; Gunther Schuller: Romantic Sonata for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano.  UPC 009414773128 BUY NOW

Larry Combs, one of the world's most respected clarinetists, joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1974 and was appointed principal clarinet by Sir Georg Solti in 1978.  He has since appeared as concerto soloist with the Orchestra on numerous occasions. He reitred from the CSO in 2008. Prior to joining the Chicago Symphony, he was a member of the New Orleans, Montreal, and Santa Fe Opera orchestras.

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Rózsa: Sonata   Mvmt 1    Mvmt 2    Mvmt 3   Rochberg: Trio:  Mvmt 1    Mvmt 2    Mvmt 3    Schuller: Romantic Sonata:  Mvmt 1    Mvmt 2    Mvmt 3   Rózsa: Sonatina:   Mvmt 1    Mvmt 2

 

CD733-scan-for-iTunesCD733: MOONFLOWERS, BABY!: Jonathan Cohler, Clarinet. Hindemith: Sonata (clarinet, piano); Arthur Honegger: Sonatina (clarinet, piano); Jean Francaix: Theme & Variations; Ralph Vaughan Williams: Six Studies in English Folksong; Darius Milhaud: Duo Concertant & Caprice; Eugene Bozza: Pulcinella; Meyer Kupferman: Moonflowers, Baby! With Judith Gordon on piano. Cohler has “...playing of real distinction...” BBC Music Magazine; “...superlative technique.” Fanfare UPC 009414773326 BUY NOW

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Hindemith Sonata:
  Mvt 1 (Massig bewegt)   Mvt 2 (Lebhaft)   Mvt 3 (Sehr langsam)   Mvt 4 (Kleines Rondo)    Honegger Sontatina:  Mvt 1(Modere)   Mvt 2(Lent et Soutenu)   Mvt 3(Vif et Rythmique)    Francaix: Theme and Variations    Vaughan Williams: Six Studies  Mvt 1  Mvt 2  Mvt 3  Mvt 4  Mvt 5  Mvt 6    Milhaud: Duo Concertant    Caprice    Bozza: Pulcinella    Kupferman:  Moonflowers, Baby!

CD734-scan-for-iTunesCD734: TRIO INDIANA. James Campbell, clarinet; Eli Eban, clarinet and Eb clarinet; Howard Klug, clarinet and bass clarinet. Jean-Michel Defaye: Six Pieces D’Audition; Peter Schickele: Dances for Three; Gary Kulesha: Political Implications; Michael Kibbe: Ebony Suite; Frederick Fox: Time Weaving. The clarinetists are faculty members at Indiana University. “A Marvelous group. Skillful musicians...a lovely ensemble of ravishing sounds.” American Red Guide UPC 009414773425  BUY NOW

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Defay Six Pieces D'Audition:  Mvt 1 (108)   Mvt 2 (104)   Mvt 3 (Lento-vivo)   Mvt 4 (120)   Mvt 5 (112)     Schikele: Dances for Three  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4   Mvt 5   Mvt 6   Mvt 7    Kulesha: Political Implications  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3    Kibbe: Ebony Suite  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4    Fox: Time Weaving

CD735-scan-for-iTunesCD735: MICHAEL EDWARDS, CLARINET. Saint-Saëns: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, op. 167; Bohuslav Martinu: Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano; Paul Ladmirault: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano; Bruno Bjelinski: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano; Henri Rabaud: Solo de Concours, op. 10. With Timothy Bach on piano. Edwards was clarinetist with the Montreal Symphony and principal clarinet with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble. UPC 009414773524   BUY NOW

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Saint-Saens Sonata:
  Mvt 1 (Allegretto)   Mvt 2 (Allegro animato)   Mvt 3 (Lento)   Mvt 4 (Molto allegro)   Rabaud: Solo de Concours    Martinu: Sonatina  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3     Ladmirault: Sonata  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4    Bjelinski: Sonata  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3

CD736-scan-for-iTunesCD736: BRIDGES TO BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA: James Campbell, clarinet; Eli Eban, clarinet and Eb clarinet; Howard Klug, clarinet and bass clarinet. With guest clarinetists Mitchell Lurie, Alfred Prinz and Min-Ho Yeh. Alfred Prinz: Trio, Bloomington Quartet; Berhard Heiden: Clarinet Trio; Alfred Uhl: Divertimento; Kurt Weill: Four Pieces from the Threepenny Opera. The Indiana Trio members are the clarinet faculty at the presitigious School of Music at Indiana University and are all well-known clarinet soloists. UPC 009414773623 BUY NOW

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Prinz Trio:
  Mvt 1 (Furioso)   Mvt 2 (Adagio)   Mvt 3 (Tango)   Heiden Trio:  Mvt 1 (Allegro Deciso)   Mvt 2 (Allegro molto)   Mvt 3 (Andante sostenuto)   Mvt 4 (Allegro vivace)   Mvt 5 (Variations)    Uhl: Divertimento  Mvt 1 (Allegro)   Mvt 2 (Andnate sostenuto)   Mvt 3 (Allegro con brio)    Prinz: Bloomington Quartet  Mvt 1 (Allegro aperto)   Mvt 2 (Andante tranquillo)   Mvt 3 (Prestissimo)   Mvt 4 (Molto moderato)    Weill: Threepenny Opera  Overture   Mack the Knife   Tango ballad   Ballad of the Easy Life


CD737-scan-foriTunesCD737: MITCHELL LURIE, CLARINET, and his composer colleagues. Halsey Stevens: Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra; Frederick Lesemann: Sonata for Clarinet & Percussion; Robert Muczynski: Time Pieces for Clarinet & Piano, op. 43. Karen Ervin Pershing, percussion; Robert Muczynski, piano; Crystal Chamber Orchestra, Akira Endo conducting. UPC 009414773722   BUY NOW

Mitchell Lurie, one of the world's best-known clarinetetists, was principal clarinet in the Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphonies with conductor Fritz Reiner before becoming a prominent film studio clarinetist in Hollywood. For over 40 years, he taught at the University of Southern California where he is Professor Emeritus. He was an active performer in music festivals throughout the world. He died in 2008. Karen Ervin was active as a percussionist in the Los Angeles area since 1972, and was percussion teacher at California State University Northridge since 1974. She died in 2004.

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Stevens Concerto:
  Mvt 1  (Andante con moto)  Mvt 2  (Quasi Adagio)   Mvt 3  (Allegro Moderato)    Lesemann:  Sonata
           

CD738: VINTAGE WOODWINDS. Saeculum Aureum Players: Richard Spece, 19th century CD738-scan-for-ITunesclarinet; William McColl, basset horn; Jeffrey Cohan, 17th century flute; Bonnie Garrett, fortepiano. Mendelssohn: Konzertstücke 1&2; Giovanni Simone Mayr: Bagattelle a Tre. UPC 009414773821 BUY NOW

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Mendelssohn Konzertstuck No 1:
  Mvt 1 (Allegro)  Mvt 2 (Andante)  Mvt 3 (Presto)    Konzertstuck No 2: Mvt 1 (Presto)  Mvt 2 (Andante)  Mvt 3 (Allegretto Grazioso)    Mayr: Bagatelle  Mvt 7   Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4   Mvt 5   Mvt 6   Mvt 8   Mvt 9   Mvt 10   Mvt 11   Mvt 12

 

CD739-scan-for-iTunesCD739: THE NAKED CLARINET. Tasha Warren, Unaccompanied Clarinet. Miklós Rózsa: Sonatina for Clarinet Solo; Shulamit Ran: Music for an Actor: Monologue for Clarinet (in A); Joan Tower: Wings; Guy Yehuda: Three Preludes; David Dzubay: Solus II; Libby Larsen: Dancing Solo.
           
This CD includes some of the best and most important recent works for unaccompanied clarinet. Tasha Warren is principal clarinet with the Charlottesville Orchestra and is on the faculty of the University of Virginia. Previously she taught at Louisiana State University, and has been principal clarinet with the Columbus, Indiana, Philarmonic since 2004. She holds a BM, MM, and ABD Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Her teachers include James Campbell, Eli Eban, and Robert Listokin. UPC 009414773920.    BUY NOW  

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Rozsa: Sonatina for Clarinet Solo
  I. Tema con variazioni   II. Vivo e giocoso     Ran: Music for an Actor      Tower: Wings      Yehuda: Three Preludes I. Lento con recitativo   II. Dance   III. Epilogue     Dzubay: Solus II Larsen: Dancing Solo   I. with shadows    II. eight to the bar    III. in ten slow circles    IV. flat out   (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)


CD771-scan-for-iTunesCD771: HORN IN TRIOS. Brahms: Trio, op 40, for Violin, Horn, and Piano; Reinecke: Trio, op. 274, for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano; Duvernoy: Trio No. 1, for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano. 
Jose Zarzo, horn; Victor Parra, violin; Radovan Cavallin, clarinet; Juan Francisco Parra, piano.
All are members of Ensemble Isola, made up of principals of the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, which has established a reputation of being Spain’s premier symphony orchestra. UPC 009414777126  BUY NOW

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Brahms Trio:  Mvt 1(Andante)  Mvt 2(Scherzo)  Mvt 3(Adagio)  Mvt 4(Finale)    Reinecke Trio:  Mvt 1(Allegro)  Mvt 2(Ein Marchen)  Mvt 3 (Scherzo)  Mvt 4(Finale)    Duvernoy Trio:  Mvt 1(Adagio)  Mvt 2(Allegretto)

CD772-scan-for-iTunesCD772: ISOLA ROMANTICA. Carl Czerny: Grande Serenade Concertante for Clarinet, Horn, Cello, and Piano; Gustav Jenner: Trio for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano; Frederic Duvernoy: Sonata No. 1 and 2 for Horn and Cello. All played by Ensemble Isola: Radovan Cavallin, clarinet; Jose Zarzo, horn; Carlos Rivero, cello; Juan Francisco Parra, piano.
            Ensemble Isola members are all principals in the Gran Canaria Philharmonic in Spain, and they are fabulous.
  This is the group's second CD on Crystal.  "All of the repertoire on 'Isola Romåntica' receives elegant shaping and keen motivation in the hands of Ensemble Isola. ... The artistry is virtuosic, as well as sensitive to the needs of chamber-music give-and-take." Rosenberg, Gramophone. "The performance here is outstanding. Clarinetist Radovan Cavallin delivers some beautiful and sensitive playing." The Clarinet UPC 009414777225 BUY NOW

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Czerny: Grande Serenade  Mvt 1 (Introduction: Adagio) Mvt 2 (Theme)  Variation 1  Variation 2  Variation 3  Variation 4  Variation 5  Variation 6  Variation 7  Mvt 3 (Adagio)  Mvt 4 (Allegro vivace con fuoco)    Jenner: Trio in Eb Mvt 1 (Moderato)  Mvt 2 (Adagio)  Mvt 3 (Presto)  Mvt 4 (Allegro non troppo)    Duvernoy: Sonata No. 1 Mvt 1 (Allegro)  Mvt 2 (Adagio)  Mvt 3 (Allegretto)    Duvernoy: Sonata No. 2 Mvt 1 (Allegro)  Mvt 2 (Adagio)  Mvt 3 (Allegro)

CD321CD321: OBOIST PETER CHRIST with David Atkins, Clarinet and the Crystal Chamber Soloists. Randall Thompson: Suite for Oboe, Clarinet, & Viola; Vincent Persichetti: Parable for Solo Oboe; William Grant Still: Miniatures for Flute, Oboe, & Piano; William Schmidt: The Sparrow & the Amazing Mr. Avaunt; Alberto Ginastera: Duo for Flute & Oboe (Gretel Shanley, flute). “Recording of special merit...excellent performance.” Stereo Review UPC 009414732125   BUY NOW

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Thompson Suite:
  Mvt 1 (Gaio)   Mvt 2 (Adagio Assai)   Mvt 3 (Allegro)   Mvt 4 (Lento Religioso)   Mvt 5 (Grave - Allegretto)    Persichetti: Parable    Still: Miniatures  Mvt 1 (I Ride an Old Paint)   Mvt 2 (Adoloido)   Mvt 3 (Jesus is a Rock)   Mvt 4 (Yaravi)   Mvt 5 (A Frog Went A-Courtin’)    Schmidt: The Sparrow   Mr. Avaunt    Ginastera: Duo  Mvt 1 (Sonata)   Mvt 2 (Pastorale)   Mvt 3 (Fuga)


VERDEHR TRIO DISCOGRAPHY:

Walter Verdehr, Violin; Elsa Ludwig-Verdehr, Clarinet; Gary Kirkpatrick, Piano (CDs 741-749 and CD941), Kathryn Brown, Piano (CD941), Silvia Roederer, Piano (CDs 942-970).
The Verdehrs have commissioned over 200 works by the most important composers in the world for the violin-clarinet-piano trio, thus effectively creating this medium. Complementing this repertoire, the Trio transcribes works from earlier periods. The Making of a Medium is a continuing project. The recordings have brought critical acclaim for the music and the Verdehr Trio. "A true ensemble of outstanding players who have obvious love for the music." American Record Guide

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CD741 CD741:  VERDEHR TRIO, The Making of a Medium, vol. 1. Mozart: Trio in D Major, K381; Frescobaldi: Canzoni a Due; Alan Hovhaness: Lake Samish, op. 415; Thomas Pasatieri: Theatrepieces; Bela Bartok: Contrasts. Walter Verdehr, violin; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet; Gary Kirkpatrick, piano. "...recommended" Fanfare UPC 009414774125 BUY NOW    Click here for CD cover photo and Verdehr Trio details.

 

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Mozart Trio:
  Mvt 1 (Allegro)   Mvt 2 (Andante)   Mvt 3(Allegro molto)   Hovhaness Lake Samish:  Mvt 1(Andante-Fugue)   Mvt 2(Allegro)   Mvt 3   Mvt 4   Mvt 5    Frescobaldi:  Canzoni  No. 2   No. 5    Pasatieri: Theatrepieces  No. 1  No. 2   No. 3    Bartok: Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3

 

CD742CD742: VERDEHR TRIO, The Making of a Medium, vol. 2. Ned Rorem: The End of Summer; Thea Musgrave: Pierrot; Thomas Christian David: Schubertiade; Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 (arr. Zearott); Jan Vanhal: Trio in Eb. “It really has been a pleasure to make this unusual and unusually good trio’s [recorded] acquaintance.” Fanfare UPC 009414774224  BUY NOW    Click here for CD cover photo and Verdehr Trio details.

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Vanhal Trio:
  Mvt 1(Allegro)   Mvt 2(Grazioso)   Mvt 3(Allegretto)     Rorem End of Summer: Mvt 1(Capriccio)  Mvt 2(Fant)  Mvt 3(Mazurka)    David: Schubertiade    Musgrave: Pierrot  Mvt 1  Mvt 2  Mvt 3  Mvt 4  Mvt 5  Mvt 6  Mvt 7  Mvt 8    Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13

CD743-scan-for-iTunesCD743: THE VERDEHR TRIO, The Making of a Medium, vol. 3. Gunther Schuller: A Trio Setting; William Averitt: Tripartita; Nathan Currier: Adagio & Variations. Walter Verdehr, violin; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet; Gary Kirkpatrick, piano. Third volume in a series of commissions of a veritable Who’s Who of composers. “A true ensemble of outstanding players who have obvious love for the music.” American Record Guide UPC 009414774323  BUY NOW   Click here for CD cover photo and Verdehr Trio details.

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Schuller Trio:
  Mvt 1(Fast and Explosive)  Mvt 2(Slow and dreamy)  Mvt 3(Allegretto Scherzando)  Mvt 4(Molto Agitato)    Averitt Tripartita: Mvt 1(Elaborations)   Mvt 2(Dances)   Mvt 3(Blues with Variations)    Currier: Adagio & Variations

CD744 scanCD744: THE VERDEHR TRIO, The making of a Medium, vol. 4. Walter Verdehr, violin; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet; Gary Kirkpatrick, piano. Peter Dickinson: Hymns, Rags and Blues (1985); Karel Husa: Sonata a Tre (1982); Don Freund: Triomusic (1980); James Nublock: Trio (1980). UPC 009414774422 BUY NOW    Click here for CD cover photo and Verdehr Trio details.

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Dickinson Hymns, Rags and Blues:
  Mvt 1(Intro)   Mvt 2(Rag & cadenzas)   Mvt 3(Blues)   Mvt 4(Rag & Cadenzas)   Mvt 5(Blues)   Mvt 6(Rag)    Husa: Sonata  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3    Freund: Triomusic  Part I   Part II   Niblock: Trio  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4

CD745-scan-for-iTunesCD745: THE VERDEHR TRIO, The Making of a Medium, vol. 5. Alexander Arutiunian: Suite; Thomas Christian David: Triple Concerto (with the Tonkünstler Orchestra); Peter Sculthorpe: Dream Tracks; Peter Schickele: Serenade for Three. UPC 009414774521  BUY NOW    Click here for CD cover photo and Verdehr Trio details.

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Arutiunian Suite:
  Mvt 1(Lento)   Mvt 2(Allegretto)   Mvt 3(Adagio)   Mvt 4(Allegro non troppo)    Sculthorpe: Dream Tracks    Schikele: Serenade  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3    David: Triple Concerto  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3

CD746-scan-for-iTunesCD746: THE VERDEHR TRIO, The Making of a Medium, vol. 6. David Diamond: Trio & Violin Sonata; Peter Sculthorpe: Night-Song, From Nourlangie; John Corigliano: Violin Sonata. UPC 009414774620   BUY NOW     Click here for CD cover photo and Verdehr Trio details.
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Sculthorpe:  Night Song    From Nourlangie      Diamond Sonata: Mvt 1(Adagio;Allegro)   Mvt 2(Molto Vivo)     Diamond Trio: Mvt 1(Allegretto)   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4    Corigliano: Sonata