Crystal Records — Harvey Pittel, saxophone
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HARVEY PITTEL has been saxophonist with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, etc. and is a prominent recitalist. He was Professor of Saxophone at the University of Texas at Austin School of Music for many years. Pittel has has been consistently acknowledged as one of America's foremost classical saxophonists. His playing has earned international accolades from the press, music community and general public who have recognized his efforts to elevate the instrument to a new level of artistry. His repertoire includes music written for the instrument (by such composers as Debussy, Hovhaness, Babbitt, Villa-Lobos, and Glazunov), his own transcriptions of baroque and classical works, chamber music, the popular repertory of the vaudeville, ragtime, and swing eras (with the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet) and works commissioned by him from some of the foremost contemporary composers.
CD353: Sextuor à Vent. Harvey Pittel, Alto
Saxophone; Westwood Wind Quintet.
Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche for Saxophone and
Woodwind Quintet; Bernhard Heiden: Intrada for Saxophone and Woodwind
Quintet; Paul Hindemith: Concert Piece for Two Saxophones (with Sunil
Gadgil, saxophone); Pierre Max Dubois: Sinfonia da Camera (for Saxophone
and Woodwind Quintet); Jacques Ibert: Trois Pièces Brèves (first
movement) – for Woodwind Quintet; J.S. Bach: Fugue from the Well
Tempered Clavier (arr. for Woodwind Trio); Rossini: Quartet no. 1 in F
(first movement) – for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon; Paul De Wailly:
Aubade for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet; Adrien Barthe: Passacaille for
Woodwind Quintet; Malcolm Arnold: Divertimento for Flute, Oboe, and
Clarinet (first movement); Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumble-Bee
(arr. for Woodwind Quintet); Leo Sowerby: Pop Goes the Weasel (adapted
by the Westwood Wind Quintet). UPC
Pittel [is a] master of his instrument...the most beautiful and pure tone I
have ever heard from a saxophone." New York
The Westwood Wind Quintet is "probably the best group of this kind anywhere." New Orleans Courier
"Delightful music, winningly played." Fanfare Magazine
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Milhaud: Scaramouche I: Vif II: Modéré III: Brazileira Heiden: Intrada Hindemith: Concert Piece for Two Saxophones I: Lebhaft II: Mässig langsam III: Lebhaft Dubois: Sinfonia da Camera I: Entrée II: Gigue en rondeau III: Variations Ibert: Trois Pièces Brèves (first mvmt) Bach/arr. Atkins: Fugue Rossini: Quartet no.1 in F (first mvmt) Wailly: Aubade Barthe: Passacaille Arnold: Divertimento (first mvmt) Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumble-Bee Sowerby: Pop Goes the Weasel (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)
CD654: BACH AND NOODLES, Harvey Pittel, Saxophone. New Classics Suite: Sonata 2 by J.S. Bach (arr. John Rodby) interspersed w/ Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, David Gates. Plus light classics including Flight of the Bumble-Bee, Oodles of Noodles, Perpetual Motion, Scaramouche, Vocalise, Saxophobia, Caprice (Bozza), Caprice (Bonneau), and the Acrostic Song from Final Alice (Del Tredici). Pittel, saxophone, with Gabor Rejto, cello; and Levering Rothfuss and Anton Nell, piano. UPC 009414765420 BUY NOW
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New Classics Suite: Mvt 1 (Allegro-Autumn Leaves) Mvt 2 (Siciliano-My Favorite Things) Mvt 3 (Allegro-If) Rimsky-Korsakoff: Flight of the Bumblebee Rachmaninoff: Vocalise Dorsey: Ooodles of Noodles Demersseman: Carnival of Venice Del Tredici: Final Alice Acrostic Song Wiedoeft: Saxophobia Valse Yvonee Bozza: Lied, Badinage, and Caprice Bonneau: Caprice Paganini: Moto Perpetuo Milhaud: Scaramouche Brooms(Russian trad.): Vif Modere Brazileira
CD655: MOVING ALONG with Harvey Pittel, Saxophone. Ingolf Dahl: Concerto for Alto Saxophone; Jacques Ibert: Concertino da Camera; Paul Creston: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano; Paule Maurice: Tableaux de Provence; Tomasi Albinoni: Concerto "Saint Marc"; Rachmaninoff: Vocalise. All with Jeff Helmer, piano. "Harvey Pittel, a master of his instrument" New York Times. UPC 009414765529 BUY NOW
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Creston Sonata: Mvt 1 (With Vigor) Mvt 2 (With Tranqility) Mvt 3 (With Gaiety) Dahl Concerto: Mvt 1 (Recitative) Mvt 2 (Passacaglia) Rachmaninoff: Vocalise Ibert: Concertino Mvt 1 Mvt 2 Mvt 3 Maurice: Tableaux de Provence Farandole Chanson pour ma Mie La Bohemienne Des Alyscamps Le Cabridan Albinoni: Concerto Grave Allegro Andante Allegro
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C155: HARVEY PITTEL SAXOPHONE QUARTET. J.S. Bach: Fugue; Glazunov: Quatuor; Rivier: Grave et Presto; Bozza: Nuages; Joplin: Cascades; Desenclos: Quatuor; also popular works with Shelly Manne, drums; Monty Budwig, bass. Cassette only 009414715548 SOLD OUT
C157: HARVEY PITTEL TRIO. The New Classics Suite, by Bach/Rodby; Creston: Sonata for Saxophone; Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras; Duke Ellington medley. Harvey Pittel, saxophone; Julian Fifer, cello; Levering Rothfuss, piano. Cassette only 009414715746
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