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This page lists all new releases starting 2018. 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.  

For a copy of our 2021 catalog (32 large pages in color with copies of the covers and listings of more than 300 CDs) please email us at info@crystalrecords.comThe 2021 catalog was sent to everyone on our mailing list in December 2020. (if you have ordered before or asked for a catalog before you should have gotten one).

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Description automatically generatedCD782: The Voxman Project. Featuring Kenneth Tse, Saxophone, and faculty and staff from the Voxman School of Music, University of Iowa, conducted by Richard Mark Heidel.  UPC 009414778222   BUY NOW

Kirk O’Riordan, Ductus Figuratus, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Ensemble; Darius Milhaud, La Création du Monde; Kurt Weill, Little Threepenny Music

Recorded in the Voxman Music Building (cover picture), University of Iowa. The impressive Voxman Bldg. houses equally impressive music faculty, staff, and students. This CD features the playing of these fine musicians.

Tse plays with seductive tonal beauty and sheer virtuosity” American Record Guide

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O’Riordan Ductus figuratas, Concerto for Alto Saxophone  Mvt. 1 Cadens   Mvt. 2 Abeo   Mvt. 3 Tripudio   Mvt. 4 Demum     Milhaud La Création du Monde  Mvt. 1 Overture   Mvt. 2 Chaos Before Creation   Mvt. 3 Birth of Flora and Fauna   Mvt. 4 Birth of Man and Woman   Mvt. 5 Dance of Desire   Mvt. 6 Spring or Appeasement     Weill Little Threepenny Music  Mvt. 1 Overture   Mvt. 2 Mack the Knife   Mvt. 3 The Instead-of Song   Mvt. 4 Ballad of the Easy Life   Mvt. 5 Polly’s Song   Mvt. 6 Tango-Ballad   Mvt. 7 Cannon Song   Mvt. 8 Threepenny Finale

 

CD205: FINE ARTS BRASS QUINTET.  Ingolf Dahl, Music for Brass Instruments; Anthony Plog, Four Sierra Scenes; Robert Linn, Quintet for Brass Instruments; Donal Text

Description automatically generatedMichalsky, Fantasia sopra M.F.V., and Fantasia alla Marcia. UPC 009414720528.   BUY NOW

The Los Angeles-based Fine Arts Brass Quintet concertized in the U.S. and Europe from 1968-1990. Anthony Plog and Russell Kidd, trumpets; Robert Henderson, horn; John Daley, trombone; Alan Johnson, bass trombone.

"The Fine Arts Brass Quintet plays with robust, outspoken style [with] expressive gesture." Philadelphia Enquirer

 

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Dahl  Music for Brass Instruments:  1. Chorale Fantasy   2. Intermezzo   3. Fugue     Plog  Four Sierra Scenes:  1. Mountains   2. Sunset   3. Temples   4. Sunrise     Linn  Quintet: Mvt. 1 Rhythmic   Mvt. 2 Broad   Mvt. 3 Spirited     Michalsky:  Fantasia sopra M.F.V.   Fantasia alla Marcia

 

 

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceHARDS WIND QUINTET. Three Woodwind Quintets by Johann Peter Müller.  UPC 009414725226.    BUY NOW

 The Richards Quintet was in-residence at Michigan State University. This recording was made in 1976 and digitally remastered for CD in 2020. Performers are Israel Borouchoff, flute; Daniel Stolper, oboe; Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet; Edgar Kirk, bassoon; Douglas Campbell, horn.

PETER MÜLLER (as he was known) was born in Germany in 1791 and died in 1877. Though he lived in the Romantic era, these pieces are delightfully classical in nature.

Dan Stolper was oboe editor of the International Double Reed Society Journal since its beginning in 1972 and was teacher at Michigan State University and the Interlochen Center for the Arts for 45 years. He died 2020. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr with her husband Walter Verdehr are founders of the Verdehr Trio and have 24 CDs with that ensemble.

 

“These are charming pieces. The Richards Quintet sports good energy, technique, and phrasing American Record Guide

 

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Quintet No.1   Mvt.1 Larghetto, Allegro   Mvt.2 Scherzo   Mvt.3 Larghetto   Mvt.4 Allegro molto     Quintet No.2   Mvt.1 Allegro con brio   Mvt.2Andante con moto   Mvt.3 Menuetto   Mvt.4 Allegro ma non troppo     Quintet No. 3   Mvt.1 Allegro   Mvt.2 Andante Sostenuto   Mvt.3 Menuetto   Mvt.4 Allegro

 

 

CD330: JAMES CAMPBELL, CLARINET. John York, Piano.  UPC A person holding a sign posing for the camera

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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)

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

CD330 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)
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

 

 

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Description automatically generatedCD372: CHRISTOPHER LEUBA, HORN. Kevin Aanerud, Piano.  Sonatas for Horn and Piano by Paul Tufts, John Verrall, and Halsey Stevens. UPC 009414737229  BUY NOW

Christopher Leuba was principal horn with the Chicago Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, and Portland Opera. For many years he was on the faculty of the University of Washington and played with the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet. He was principal horn for several seasons at the Aspen Music Festival, and played frequently with the Philharmonica Hungarica.
   The works on this CD were all written for Leuba and have established themselves prominently in horn recital literature. “Performances are top-notch. The works bubble with an appealing melodic facility.”  Los Angeles Times

“[This CD] is a must for devotees of virtuoso horn playing as well as fans of twentieth century American music.”  Music Web (March 2021, Kreindler)

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Verrall Sonata:  Mvt. 1 Pastoral   Mvt. 2 Nocturne   Mvt. 3 Vivace     Stevens Sonata:  Mvt. 1 Allegro moderato   Mvt. 2 Poco adagio   Mvt. 3 Vivace     Tufts Sonata:  Mvt. 1 Allegro moderato   Mvt. 2  Adagio   Mvt. 3 Allegro

 

 

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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.

 

“This recording represents the best in North American wind performance.”  The Horn Call (Chris Leuba)

“interpretation by the Toronto Chamber Winds of this masterpiece is exemplary…lively, refined, and spiritual…remarkable virtuosity and an irreproachable musicality.” Sonances (Jacques Boulay)

“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)

CD646 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)
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

 


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Description automatically generatedCD775: Tribute to John Cerminaro, Horn. UPC 009414777522.   BUY NOW      

RICHARD STRAUSS, Horn Concerto No. 1 (live performance Switzerland 2007, with the PaulTaylororCHestra, Paul Taylor, conductor) Francis Poulenc, Sonata for Trumpet, Horn, and Trombone (Thomas Stevens, trumpet; John Cerminaro, horn; Ralph Sauer, trombone); Poulenc, Elegie for Horn and Piano; Doppler, LOiseau des Bois for Flute and Horn Quartet (Nadine Asin, flute; horns: John Cerminaro, Frøydis Ree Wekre, Carol Bacon, Brian Drake); Saint-Saëns, Romance, Horn and Piano; Leonard Bernstein, Elegy for Mippy, Horn and Piano; Scriabin, Romance, Horn and Piano; Gliere, Nocturne for Horn and Piano. (Zita Carno, piano)

The Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 was recorded live on a concert by the Swiss orchestra paultaylororCHestra in 2007. It is a phenomenal performance. In addition to this, the CD includes solo and chamber works played by John Cerminaro which were originally on LP but were not previously re-released on CD.

John Cerminaro was principal horn with the New York Philharmonic from 1969-1979, the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1979-1986 , and the Seattle Symphony from 1996-2011. He was the founding principal horn of Live from Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, and Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall. He has been a faculty member of The Juilliard School, California Institute of the Arts, Le Domaine Forget International Music Festival and Academy, and for 35 seasons, the Aspen Music Festival and School. 

     Widely known for his diverse recording work, ranging from Mozart's Four Horn Concertos on Crystal Records CD515 to the theme music for The NBC Nightly News, Cerminaro's numerous symphonic recordings are only surpassed in popularity by his Hollywood movie scores & television music, as well as familiar horn logos heard in all major motion picture studio fanfares released since 1981.

Leonard Bernstein called Cerminaro "The greatest horn player in the world". The American Record Guide called Cerminaro "The best solo horn the New York Philharmonic has had since World War II." 

“This is a truly outstanding performance. Cerminaro’s gloriously robust playing, his impeccable precision and clarity of articulation and his stupendously rich and varied tone...set this performance apart from many others and place it very near – if not at ­­– the top of my own personal recommended versions of this most entertaining of Strauss concertos.”  (Marc Rochester, Music Web)

 

“FIVE STARS. Any horn player will see this as a gift. The programing is exemplary, a selection of chamber pieces well known to each and every self-respecting player plus a gleaming performance of a repertoire staple…[In the Strauss Concerto] the agility of Cerminaro in the finale is a demonstration of perfect technique, each note perfectly placed…While horn players that can play brazenly and brashly are ten to a penny, those who can play with real sensitivity are few and far between. Cerminaro is one of those players who has it all.” (Colin Clarke, Fanfare)

 

“For younger players who may not know of Cerminaro’s legacy and flawless performances, this disc is a good initiation to his artistry. The tempi of the Strauss are brisk and are exquisitely performed. Cerminaro’s inimitable renditions are absolutely pristine. His singing tone and agile passages are hallmarks of his playing. Cerminaro’s tribute disc is highly recommended, especially to those younger players who may not be aware of his stunning musicianship.” (Eldon Matlick, The Horn Call)

 

CD775 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)
Strauss: Concerto No. 1 in Eb   I. Allegro   II. Andante   III. Allegro     Poulenc: Elegie     Doppler: LՏiseau des Bois     Saint SaensRomance     Bernstein: Elegy for Mippy     Scriabin: Romance     GliereNocturne     Poulenc: Sonata for Trumpet, Horn, and Trombone   I. Allegro moderato   II. Andante   III. Rondeau

See John Cerminaro for a listing of his other CDs.

The art work on the cover of CD775 is by John Cerminaro.

 

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Description automatically generatedCD826: BHAVANI’S OBOE. Bhavani Kotha, Oboe; Kimberly Russ, Piano; Christie Reside, Flute.  Benjamin Britten, Temporal Variations (oboe, piano); Eugene Bozza, Fantaisie Pastorale, op. 37 (ob, pa); Benjamin Godard, Scènes Écossaises (ob, pa); Madeleine Dring, Trio for Flute, Oboe, & Piano (fl, ob, pa); and Danza Gaya (ob, pa); Antonio Pasculli, Fantasia sull’ opera “Poliuto” di Donizetti (ob, pa). UPC 009414782625    BUY NOW

Bhavani Kotha is a winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and the National Federation of Musicians Double Reed Award. She played the Strauss Oboe Concerto on a tour of Europe, where the Gottingen Kulturbüro wrote of her “musicality and great technical abilities.” These qualities are shown on the wonderful works on this CD, which require the highest musicianship. Peter Christ, president of Crystal Records and founder/oboist of the Westwood Wind Quintet, said of Bhavani: “As a professional oboist for over 65 years, I am not easily impressed with an oboist. But impressed I am with Bhavani Kotha. Her playing on this CD is spectacular and the choice of repertoire is wonderful.”

“Bhavani Kotha is a phenomenal oboist, able to make her instrument purr like a clarinet or ring out brazenly like a trumpet.”  Fanfare Magazine (James H. North)

“Bhavani Kotha shines…she takes listeners on a musical journey that is both exciting and calming, and it is a joy to become absorbed in her playing. Her mastery of the oboe in all registers is noteworthy.”  The Instrumentalist

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Britten: Temporal Variations     Bozza:Fantaisie Pastorale     Godard: Scénes Écossaises  I.Légende pastorale   II.Sérénade à Mabel   III.Marche des Highlanders     Dring: Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano  I.Allegro con brio   II.Andante semplice   III. Allegro giocoso     Dring: Danza Gaya     Pasculli: Fantasia sull’operaPoliuto” di Donizetti (oboe entrance at :42)

 

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Keith Benjamin has been Professor of Trumpet at the University of Missouri since 1989. Melody Turnquist-Steed is Music Specialist for the Waterloo (Iowa) Community School District. Active recitalists, they appear nationally as soloists and as chamber musicians. Clarion is their trumpet-organ duo and it has performed throughout the U.S. with a specialty of contemporary works as well as the standard baroque literature. All of the works on this CD were written specifically for the CD and the Clarion Duo.

“Clarion [reveals] here not just an extraordinarily high level of technical ability but a keen sense of the dramatic gesture…Clearly the  unique qualities of both Benjamin and Turnquist-Steed have inspired some very original writing, and they respond with performances which are nothing if not committed to the music.” ( Rochester, Music Web)

“The standard of performance here is utterly remarkable, caught in a fine, present recording. Keith Benjamin  is the superb trumpeter, his legato a dream; organist Melody Turnquist-Steed is the perfect partner. Adler’s Life is an Ecstasy is joyous…how lovely to hear a performance of such assurance…Garrop’s Road Warrior is gestural, descriptive, and highly effective. Clarion fully invests in Mobberley’s vocabulary; the result is spellbinding…In Schoenberg’s Apollo, the grandeur of space meets timelessness. The finale is a glorious, bejeweled explosion of joy…the aspirational trumpet lines speaking of hope and expectation of return.”  Fanfare Magazine (Colin Clarke)

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PlogFor Cam     Adler: Life is an Ecstacy   I. Like a March   II. Declamatory     Garrop: Road Warrior   I. I am the ghost rider   II. My little baby soul   III. Are you with me here?     Mobberley: Passing Illuminations     Schoenberg: Apollo   I. Beyond   II. Light   III. Return

 

An LP classic is reborn as a spectacular CD.
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Description automatically generatedCD102When the first LP of the Los Angeles Brass Quintet was released in 1967 it set high standards to which other quintets could strive. This recording introduced fabulous trumpeter Thomas Stevens and tuba player Roger Bobo to the world, along with Miles Anderson on trombone, Mario Guarneri on trumpet, and Ralph Pyle on horn. Now on Compact Disc with additional pieces from the LABQ's 2nd LP, the playing still proves to be some of the best brass playing anywhere 

This CD, CD102,  features Paganini Three Caprices, Bartok Suite from For Children, Wilder Brass Quintet No. 1, Hindemith Morgenmusik, Schmidt Variations on a Negro Folk Song, Cheetham Scherzo, and pieces by J.S. Bach, and Pezel. UPC 009414710222   BUY NOW     

The players were all members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the time this recording was made. Formed in 1966, the LABQ toured the U.S. and Europe, playing its last concert in 1975, At the time they retired from the orchestra, Thomas Stevens had been principal trumpet for 25 years; Roger Bobo tubist for 25 years. All of the players had long tenures with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and continued after retirement from the orchestra to perform and teach throughout the world. 

Stevens and Bobo have four solo CDs each on Crystal Records. They are considered some of the finest solo brass recordings ever made. 

"The contents of this compact disc are taken from Crystal  LPs released in 1967 and 1968, not that one could guess from the sound. The original engineers did a great job; but so did Tal Miller of Next Generation Audio and Sonny Ausman in transferring the recordings so fabulously it is impossible to guess their provenance. And what performances they are. The music is glowing... Paganini arranged for brass smacks of virtuosity...The trumpeter Mario Guarneri must take the major bow in the central number, assuming the lead with those descending gestures... It is difficult to fully convey the life-enhancing nature of this album. This is a glorious celebration of what a brass ensemble can achieve, produced to the highest possible standards"> (Fanfare, Colin Clarke, March/April 2019)

 

"Recorded during the heyday of the Los Angeles Brass Quintet (now disbanded), this enjoyable disc showcases an appealing array of music, including Hindemith's triumphant Morganmusik and Alec Wilder's mischievous Quintet No. 1" (BBC Music Magazine, Jan 2019)

 

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Pezel: Five Dances  I. Intrade   II. Sarabande   III. Bal   IV. Sarabande   V. Gigue    Paganini: Three Caprices  I. Moderato   II. Sostenuto, Andante   III. Theme and Variations    Bartk: Suite from ҆or ChildrenӼspan style="mso-spacerun: yes">  
I. Children at Play   II. Childrenճ Song   III. Play   IV. Childrenճ Game   V. Study for the Left Hand   VI. Quasi Adagio   VII. Allegro Robusto    Wilder: Brass Quintet  I. Trumpet Prelude   II. Horn Elegy   III. Tuba Showpiece   IV. Trombone Lyric   V. Toccata   VI. Finale    Hindemith: Morgenmusik  I. Massig Bewegt   II. Langsame Viertel   III. Bewegt    Bach: Fantasie in C Major   Air pour les Trompettes   Prelude & Fugue in E Minor    Schmidt: Variations of a Negro Folk Song  I. Theme   II. Fanfare   III. Ostinato   IV. Chorale   V. March   VI. Fugato    Cheetham: Scherzo

 

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Description automatically generatedAnother LP classic on CD from the Los Angeles Brass Quintet, now with the Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble; Stanley Chaloupka, Harp; and Sharon Davis, Piano.

CD109: The third LP from the Los Angeles Brass Quintet, released in 1974, also garnered attention for its spectacular playing and exciting repertoire. Now on CD109, the playing and recording quality are still among the best. Brass performers, same as on the first LABQ LP and CD, are fabulous trumpeter Thomas Stevens and tuba player Roger Bobo, along with Miles Anderson on trombone, Mario Guarneri on trumpet, and Ralph Pyle on horn. The Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble, the brass players, and Stanley Chaloupka, harpist, were all members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the time this recording was made. Sharon Davis is a famous recording artist and touring pianist.

William Kraft, Nonet for Brass Quintet and Percussion; Frank Campo, Madrigals for Brass Quintet; Rayner Brown, Concertino for Harp and Brass Quintet; William Schmidt, Concertino for Piano and Brass Quintet.  UPC 009414710925  >BUY NOW     

These works were all written for the Los Angeles Brass Quintet. The Kraft Nonet is unique in its instrumentation and its 22 minutes are an exciting listening experience. Rayner Brown was Dean and State Chairman of the American Guild of Organists. He wrote a wonderfully listenable piece for this recording. William Schmidt is well known for his hundreds of works for brass and woodwinds, which are staples in the repertoire for concerts throughout the world. Frank Campo was a Professor at California State University Northridge for 25 years, and his many works are performed regularly.

"Nonet for Brass and Percussion by William  Kraft, heard here under the composerճ baton, is a superb piece, uncompromising and massively exciting... The performance is impeccable, here and elsewhere. One notices the careful balancing of simultaneities, the superb, consistent spot-on attack from all players... There are three Madrigals by Frank Campo...The sheer accuracy of the opening trumpet line is astonishing... The sound of a harp at the opening of Rayner Brown's Concertino For Harp And Brass Quintet is quite a shock on first blush.  How surprising it seems in this context to find the sound of harp and muted trumpet are so closely aligned. The recording balance helps; each instrument clear as a bell...Finally, there comes William Schmidt's Concertino For Piano And Brass Quintet. The writing here indeed speaks of fluency. Jazz, post-Impressionism, and a goodly dollop of spikiness to combine to make for an enjoyable romp, made all the more relishable thanks to the tightness of ensemble between Sharon Davis and the brass" (Fanfare, Colin Clarke, March/April 2019) 

"This recording is terrific." (American Record Guide, Kilpatrick, March/April 2019)

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Kraft: Nonet for Brass Quintet  I. Presto   II. Andante   III. Interlude 1 – Scherzo a Tre   IV. Allegretto; quasi Scherzando   V. Interlude 2 –Scherzo a Quatro   VI. Maestoso e Rubato     Campo: Madrigals  I. Indifference   II. Unrequited Love   III. Aria Perduta     Brown: Concertino for Harp and Brass Quintet  I. Allegretto   II. Adagio   III. Allegro con brio   IV. Adagio   V. Allegretto     Schmidt: Concertino for Piano and Brass Quintet  I. Allegro con Brio   II. Largo   III. Allegro con Spirito

 

 

 

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Description automatically generatedCD360: TRUMPETER EXTRAORDINAIRE THOMAS STEVENSUPC 009414736924. >BUY NOW     

 

Stravinsky, Fanfare for a New Theater (w/Mario Guarneri, trumpet); Elliott Carter, Canon for Three (w/Mario Guarneri & Roy Poper, trumpets); Aurelio De La Vega, Para-Tangents (w/pre-recorded sounds); Iain Hamilton, Five Scenes (w/Ralph Grierson, piano); Henri Lazarof, Concertazioni (w/instrumental ensemble); Harold Budd, New Work #5 (w/Ralph Grierson, piano); Carlos Chvez, Soli (w/Peter Christ, oboe; David Atkins, clarinet; Kay Brightman, bassoon). This new CD has the works that Stevens recorded for Crystal LPs that had not been released previously on CD. Stevens died on July 14, 2018; this CD is a tribute to his spectacular playing.

 

"THOMAS STEVENS, TRUMPET (1938-2018), was solo trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 28 years. He was, without a doubt, one of the world's finest brass players" said the American Record Guide.  "He was at one and the same a virtuoso and a highly thoughtful musician. I can think of only handful who are his equal, and certainly none better" Andre Previn.  He has five solo CDs.

 

Doc Severinson, writing about one of Stevens’ many Crystal recordings, wrote “I first heard Stevens’ new CD while lying down, which was a good thing since I would have fainted if I were standing. This recording clearly defines what is possible on the trumpet…in  a very artistic fashion.”

 

See Thomas Stevens. See also L.A. Brass Quintet  CD102 and  CD109 under Brass Ensembles.

 

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Stravinsky: Fanfare for a New Theater     Carter: Canon for Three     De La Vega: Para-Tangents     Hamilton: Five Scenes  I. Wild   II. Nocturnal   III. Declamato   IV. Nocturnal   V. Brilliant     Lazarof: Concertazioni     Budd: New Work #5     ChvezSoli

  

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Description automatically generatedCD362 – Snapshots: ANTHONY PLOG, TRUMPET. Verne Reynolds, Music for 5 Trumpets (performed by Anthony Plog and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Trumpet section); Alan Hovhaness, Sonata for Trumpet and Organ (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Ladd Thomas, organ); Fisher Tull, Three Bagatelles  (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Sharon Davis, piano); Eugene Bozza,  Caprice (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Sharon Davis, piano); Frank Campo, Duet for Equal Trumpets (Anthony Plog, Russell Kidd); Anthony Plog, Fanfare for Two Trumpets (Anthony Plog, Russell Kidd); Anthony Plog, Animal Ditties – based on poems by Ogden Nash (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Sharon Davis, piano; Hal Smith, narrator); Georges Enesco, Legend (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Sharon Davis, piano); Leroy Southers, Three Spheres (Anthony Plog, trumpet; Ken Wolfson, bassoon; Sharon Davis, piano)  UPC 009414736222.   >  BUY NOW    

"A virtuoso player. Plog is a composer as well, represented by a brief Fanfare for Two Trumpets> and Animal Ditties, a witty mini-suite for narrator (Hal Smith), trumpet and piano on poems by Ogden Nash....piano played impeccably by Sharon Davis...Enescu and Bozza works allow one to gauge Plog's undeniable musicianship but it is the sheer diversity that is the winning feature of the disc"  Gramophone, June 2018, Guy Richards

"The playing is first-rate, sound quality excellent" American Record Guide, May/June 2018, Kilpatrick

"All in all, this is a great celebration of trumpet playing.” Fanfare July/August 2018, Colin Clarke

"Verne Reynold's three-movement Music for Five Trumpet's has an all-star lineup of players from the Los Angeles Philharmonic: Anthony Plog, Mario Guarneri, Robert DiVall, Irving Bush, and Thomas Stevens.  These people make consistently full-toned sounds and their intonation is impeccable.  The finale is very fast and exciting.  Plog's Animal Ditties became an instant hit when this recording was made.  The very cute setting of Ogden Nash poems has trumpeter Plog and Pianist Sharon Davis interacting with the excellent narrator, Hal Smith."  (American Record Guide, Kilpatrick)

ANTHONY PLOG has performed with numerous orchestras around the world, including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Basel Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony (all as principal trumpet), the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Buenos Aires Symphony (as co-principal trumpet on tour), the Utah Symphony (as associate principal trumpet), and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed and recorded extensively as a chamber musician with groups such as the Fine Arts Brass Quintet, the Summit Brass (as a founding member of both), the St. Louis Brass Quintet, and as a substitute with the iconic New York Brass Quintet. He has also toured throughout the world and recorded as a soloist. His other solo CD on Crystal Records is CD663.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Trumpet Section (Robert DiVall, Thomas Stevens, Irving Bush, and Mario Guarneri) which played on this recording was an extremely versatile and recognized group of players. The individual players performed in such diverse musical settings as jazz, commercial recordings for major Hollywood studios, avant-garde chamber music, and solo appearances.

SHARON DAVIS' musical training was in her native Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, then at The Juilliard School in New York and in Paris, France, on a Fulbright Scholarship. Her performances have been as piano soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber player on tours and in live broadcasts in North America and Europe, plus work as a recording artist. As composer she won the Colorado Art Commission's Creative Fellowship Award in Classical Composition, and she is active as editor, composer, and arranger for Western International Music, Inc.

 

CD362 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)
Reynolds: Music for Five Trumpets  I. Fanfare   II. Chorale   III. Finale    Hovhaness: Sonata for Trumpet and Organ, Mvt. I (begins at :28)    Tull: Three Bagatelles  I. Prelude   II. Improvisation   III. Caprice    BozzaCaprice    Campo: Duet for Equal Trumpets    PlogFanfare for Two Trumpets    Plog: Animal Ditties  I. The Turtle (begins at :30)   II. The Python   III. The Hyena   IV. The Hog (begins at :35)    Enesco: Legend    Southers: Three Spheres  I. Sphere I   II. Sphere II (begins at 1:00)   III. Sphere III (begins at :55)

 

 

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