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John Holt, trumpet, has appeared as a soloist with
orchestras throughout the
CD762: Facets: JOHN HOLT, Trumpet. Music for
solo and multiple trumpets. Wintle: Ballade and Three Studies for Trumpet
Ensemble; Luening: Introduction and Allegro; Clarke: From the Shores of the
Mighty Pacific and The Southern Cross; lo Presti: Suite for Five Trumpets;
Peeters: Sonata for Trumpet & Piano; Ellington: I'm Beginning To See The
Light and Sophisticated Lady; Tull: Canonical Trilogy for four trumpets. With
Natalia Bolshakova, piano; trumpet ensemble; Ricky Duhaime,
item on John Holt's new recording lives up to the title 'Facets'. The programme
is diverse, ranging from Herbert Clarke trumpet bonbons and smashing
arrangements of Duke Ellington tunes to more adventurous contemporary
fare...Ronald Lo Presti's Suite for Five Trumpets is a celebration of fanfares
and interweaving lines, while Fisher Tull's Canonical Trilogy for four trumpets
manages to pack an enormous amount of interesting sounds into three movements.
Another winner is James Wintle's Three Studies for trumpet ensemble, whose
audacious energy tests the virtuosity of its exultants (but they triumph)...
Holt is an elegant, sensitive artist." Gramophone, Awards issue 2004
"Holt is a fine, expressive player with a pleasant tone quality, clean articulation, and excellent technical skills...All [the works] are played with beautiful tone and blend by Holt and his Texas trumpet friends Rick Bogard, Keith Johnson, Adam Gordon, Bert Truax, and Jimmy Tullos." American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2004
"If you like trumpets, this is a civilized humdinger." Fanfare, Nov/Dec 2004 UPC 00941477628ORDER NOW
Sound samples for CD762 (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear approximately one minute of the movement
Wintle: Ballade Mozart: Kyrie for Five Sopranos Luening: Introduction & Allegro Clarke: From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific lo Presti: Suite Mvt 1 (Intrada) Mvt 2 (Chorale) Mvt 3 (Finale) Peeters: Sonata Mvt 1 (Allegro) Mvt 2 (Aria) Mvt 3 (Finale) Ellington: I'm Beginning to See the Light Sophisticated Lady Clarke: The Southern Cross Tull: Canonical Trilogy for four trumpets Mvt 1 (Allegro) Mvt 2 (Lento) Mvt 3 (Allegretto) Wintle: Three Studies for Trumpet Ensemble Mvt 1 (Allegro Moderato) Mvt 2 (Unhurried) Mvt 3 (Allegro Vivace)
CD763: UNconventional Trumpet. John Holt, Trumpet. Natalia Bolshakova, piano. Music by
Trumpet was inspired by a great
teacher, John James Haynie, who taught trumpet at the
"John Holt plays with a pleasingly warm tone and seemingly effortless technique." Fanfare, May/June 2005
"Sweet, burnished tone and excellent intonation." American Record Guide, May/June 2005
"Unconventional Trumpet is an excellent recording of difficult trumpet literature by
"Holt's performance is very precise with impeccable rhythm and an agility that impresses." International Trumpet Guild Journal, Jan. 2006
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Sound samples for CD763 (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear approximately
one minute of the movement shown.
Ellis: Einyah Festival Beasley: Fanfare and Scherzo McTee: Fanfare for Trumpets Mailman: Concertino Mvmt 1 Mvmt 2 Mvmt 3 Tull: Profiles I II III IV V VI VII VIII Austin: Charley's Cornet Latham: Suite for Trumpet Mvmt 1 Mvmt 2 Mvmt 3 Tull: Three Bagatelles I II III
CD764: Facets 2: John Holt, Trumpet. With Natalia Bolshakova, Piano; Paul
Fried, Flute. Eric Ewazen: Sonata; Joseph Turrin: Two Portraits; James Wintle: Northwest Miniatures; Merrill
Ellis: Trumpet Piece; Fisher Tull: Vignette; Francine Trester: Patricia's Aria;
George Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me; Kent Kennan: Sonata.
"One of the standards of the trumpet repertoire, Kent Kennan's Sonata, is here in all its accomplished glory...Holt plays [throughout the CD] with perfect technique and intonation, altering his sound deftly to suit the multitude of colors packed into these challenging works." Gramophone, May 2005
"Facets 2 is a first-rate recording." The Instrumentalist, October 2005
"The performances are excellent and the sound quality, in the
"John Holt has bestowed upon the trumpet community another excellent recording of some great recital repertoire...His rich, velvety tone is especially remarkable on Turrin's exciting Two Portraits, as well as the stirring Someone to Watch Over Me. His performance of the Ewazen Sonata highlights his great control over a variety of tonal colors...Overall, this disc offers the listener very high quality performances of some wonderful recital repertoire, both standard and less traditional. I recommend this CD highly." Peter Wood, ITG Journal, October 2005
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Sound samples for CD764 (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear approximately one minute of
the movement shown.
Ewazen: Sonata Mvmt 1 Mvmt 2 Mvmt 3 Turrin: Two Portraits Psalm Incantation Wintle: Northwest Miniatures Mvmt 1 Mvmt 2 Mvmt 3 Mvmt 4 Ellis: Trumpet Piece Tull: Vignette Trester: Patricia's Aria Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me Kennan: Sonata Mvmt 1 Mvmt 2 Mvmt 3
CD765: Trumpet Concertos.
Trumpet; Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, Conductor. ALEXANDRA
PAKHMUTOVA, Concerto for Trumpet in Bb; ERIC EWAZEN, Concerto for Trumpet and Strings;
ANTHONY PLOG, Concerto No. 2 for Trumpet and Orchestra.
Pakhmutova's works are imbued with the spirit of Russian life, folk tunes, and impressions of the country. Ewazen, faculty member at The Juilliard School, has written many works for brass and is the recipient of numerous composition awards and prizes. Plog, frequently recorded trumpet player and composer, is a music professor in
"The aim of this disc is to showcase the brilliant trumpet playing of John Holt, professor of trumpet at the
"Anthony Plog ... began writing rhythm-driven ... works in the early 1990s. This is by far his best piece. It is long (28 minutes), challenging, intricate, fascinating, and melodically beautiful." American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 2006
"The music on this CD is entirely approachable and highly entertaining. [Holt] has a nicely rounded but colorful tone, capable of chiming over an entire orchestra, but with a wide range both dynamically and expressively." Music Web UPC 009414776525 ORDER NOW
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Pakhmutova: Concerto for Trumpet in Bb Ewazen: Concerto for Trumpet and Strings: Allegro moderato Scherzo Elegia Allegro agitato Plog: Concerto No. 2: Allegro moderato Adagio, with freedom Lento; Allegro moderato
CD767: French Trumpet Concertos. John
Holt, Trumpet. With the Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk
Trevor, Conductor. Henri Tomasi: Concerto pour Trompette et Orchestre; Robert Planel:
Concerto pour Trompette et Orchestre cordes; Andr Jolivet: IIe
Concerto pour Trompette; Alfred Desenclos: Incantation, Thrne et Danse. His
first four CDs on
"Another winner for
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Tomasi Concerto: Mvt. 1 Mvt. 2 Mvt 3 Planel Concerto: Mvt.1 Mvt. 2 Mvt. 3 Jolivet Concerto: Mvt.1 Mvt.2 Mvt.3 Desenclos: Incantation Thrne Danse
CD768: Facets 3: John Holt, Trumpet. With
Sophia Grech, Mezzo Soprano; and Nataliya Sukhina, Piano. James Wintle: Distant Voices from Trumpet
and String Quartet (Igor Borodin and Julia Bushkova, Violins; Katrin Meidell,
Viola; Johannes Kleinmann, Cello); Barbara Harbach: Perambulations for Trumpet and Piano; Barbara Harbach: Emily!
(on texts by Emily Dickinson); Francine Trester: Four Thoreau Songs (on texts
by Henry David Thoreau) for mezzo soprano, trumpet or flugelhorn, and piano;
Francine Trester: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano; Joseph Klein: Die
Knigsknderin (for unaccompanied trumpet); Ulysses Kay: Tromba for trumpet and
John Holt is principal trumpet with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and trumpet professor at the University of North Texas. This is his sixth solo CD on Crystal. His first five CDs received unanimous acclaim, with Gramophone Magazine describing him as "an elegant, sensitive artist." This CD features works written for him, plus Tromba by the well-known composer Ulysses Kay. UPC 009414776822 ORDER NOW
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to one minute of the movement shown.
Wintle: Distant Voices Mvt 1. Allegro Mvt 2. Adagio Espressivo Mvt 3. Allegro Vivo Mvt 4. Largo; Presto Harbach: Perambulations for Trumpet and Piano Harbach: Emily! Mvt 1.I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed Mvt 2.If You Were Coming in the Fall Mvt 3.Wild Nights! Wild Nights! and For Each Ecstatic Instant Trester: Four Thoreau Songs Mvt 1. The Moon Mvt 2. Indeed, Indeed Mvt 3. Smoke Mvt 4. I Am the Autumnal Sun Trester: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano Mvt 1. Moderato Mvt 2. Poco Adagio Mvt 3. Allegro Klein: Die Knigsknderin (The King-Proclaimer) Kay: Tromba Mvt 1. Prologue Mvt 2. Nocturne Mvt 3. Mobile
CD769: Trumpet Panoply, John Holt, Trumpet. Concertos for Trumpet and Orchestra by Arutiunian, Hummel, Tartini. Also Richard Peaslee: Nightsongs; John Holt: Trumpets and Flugelhorn; with UNT Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Anshel Brusilow & Clay Couturiaux, conductors; and Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, conductor.
John Holt is principal trumpet with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and trumpet professor at the University of North Texas. His first six CDs received unanimous critical acclaim, with Gramophone Magazine describing him as Òan elegant, sensitive artist with perfect technique and intonation.Ó The three concertos herein are standards for the trumpet and the Peaslee is a wonderful 20th-century work featuring flugelhorn. UPC 009414776921. ORDER NOW
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Arutiunian Concerto Hummel Concerto in E flat Major Allegro con spirito Andante Rondo Tartini Concerto Grandioso Andante Allegro Grazioso Peaslee Nightsongs (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)
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