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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. Special bonus work by 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    ORDER NOW

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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 
  Sacco: Three Psalms  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

CD332: CLARINET CANDESCENCE. Melvin Warner, Clarinet. With Diane Ragains, Soprano; Allan Dameron, Piano; Sylvia Reynolds, Piano; Peter Middleton, Flute; Jerry Horner, Viola. Carl Maria von Weber: Fantasia and Rondo & Grand Duo Concertant; Igor Stravinsky: Three Songs from William Shakespeare; Krzysztof Penderecki: 3 Miniatures; Donald Martino: A Set for Clarinet; Louis Spohr: Six German Songs; William O. Smith: Five Pieces.
UPC 009414733221      ORDER NOW   Click here
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“one of the finest clarinet recordings I have yet to hear.” Audio Magazine.  Warner was former assoc. principal clarinet of the St. Louis Symphony.

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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

CD388: RONALD BORROR, TROMBONE. With Lucy Shelton, soprano, and Edmund Niemann, piano.
Halsey Stevens: Sonata for Trombone and Piano; Henry Cowell: Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 13; Leonard Bernstein: Elegy for Mippy II; Karl Kroeger: Tres Psalmi Davidis; Otto Luening: Sonata for Trombone and Piano; Arthur Pryor: Annie Laurie (Air Varie).
UPC 009414738820.
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Borror was assoc. principal with the New York City Ballet Orchestra. “Rich and sensitive. A substantial disc of contemporary American trombone music.” American Record Guide.

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Stevens: Sonata for Trombone and Piano
 Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3    Cowell: Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 13    Bernstein: Elegy for Mippy II    Kroeger: Tres Psalmi Davidis  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3  Luening: Sonata for Trombone and Piano  Mvt 1   Mvt 2   Mvt 3   Mvt 4    Pryor: Annie Laurie (Air Varie)


CD430: CHRISTMAS WITH CHICAGO CHAMBER BRASS and Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus.   25 traditional Christmas favorites, including Silent Night, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, The First Noel, Away in a Manger, Sleigh Ride, O Come Emmanuel, Il Est Ne, Joy to the World, etc.  "excellent arrangements...crisp, polished, solid playing",  Digital Audio   UPC 00941474302-2 >ORDER NOW

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Purcell:  Fanfare    Handel:  Joy to the World    Mozart: Ave Verum    Good King Wenceslas (Trad.)    Coventry Carol (Trad.)    The First Noel    O Come O Come Immanuel    Silent Night    Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring    The Heavens Are Telling    Angels We Have Heard On High    Hallelujah Chorus    Carol of the Bells    O Come, All Ye Faithful    Lo, How a Rose(Chorale Prelude)    Lo, How a Rose(Trad.)    Hark, The Herald Angels Sing    Away in a Manger    Deck the Halls    Il Est Ne And Variations    Jingle Bells    Sleigh Ride    The Christmas Song    Parade of the Wooden Soldiers    We Wish You a Merry Christmas


CD501: SONGS OF LAUGHTER, LOVE, AND TEARS. John Biggs: Songs of Laughter, Love, and Tears; Ernest Gold: Songs of Love and Parting; Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Coplas. Marni Nixon, Soprano with Vienna Voksoper Orchestra conducted by Ernest Gold and Jonathan Mack, Tenor with Crystal Chamber Orchestra conducted by David Amos. UPC 009414750129 ORDER NOW

“First-rate performances. [Biggs has] remarkably beautiful melody, ravishing melancholy.” Fanfare Magazine

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Biggs Songs of Laughter, Love, and Tears:
  Prologue   When Thou Sigh'st   Patter of the Animals   Interlude   Annabel Lee    The Curious Affection    I Shall Have A Sweetheart   Epilogue    Gold: Songs of Love and Parting:   Gifts   Shall I Compare Thee   A Red, Red Rose   Peace    Parting  Time Does not Bring Relief   Music, When Soft Voices Die    Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Coplas   Señor Alcade Mayor    Manojito de alfiteres   Gitano, pouque vas preso?    En medio de la mar hay   Un estudiante tunante   Hermosa blanca azucena   Cuando el juez me demando   Un rosal hace una rosa    La mujer qu' engaña un hombre   Te pintar_(r) un cantar    Dentro de mi pecho hay

 

CD640: THE PLYMOUTH TRIO, John Mack, Oboe. Christina Price, Soprano; John Herr, Keyboard. Klaus George Roy: Miracles Are Not Ceased; Samuel Adler: The Rocking Horse Winner;  J.S. Bach: Gerechter Gott (from Cantata 89), Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not (from Cantata 21), Ich Will Auf den Herren Schau’n (from Cantata 93); Handel: Three Arias;  Mendelssohn: Meine Seele, from Psalm 42;  Ferdinando Fortunati: Romance de Galatee, Romance de Bliomberis.  John Mack was solo oboist with the Cleveland Orchestra; this is the first of two CDs with the Plymouth Trio featuring the most beautiful arias for this combination.   UPC 00941476402-7  ORDER NOW    Click here for cover photo and details 

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Fortunati:
  Romance de Galatee    Romance de Bliomberis    Bach, Selections from:  Cantata 89    Cantata 21    Cantata 93    Mendelssohn: Psalm 42    Roy: Miracles are Not Ceased    Telemann: Endlich wird die Stunde schlagen    Das Wetter ruhrt mit Strahl und Blitzen    Adler: Rocking Horse Winner    Handel: Der für die Sünde der Welt    Triumph of Time and Truth    German Aria No.6


CD641: THE PLYMOUTH TRIO,  John Mack, Oboe. Christina Price, soprano; John Herr, harpsichord and piano; with Robert Perry, cello. J.S. Bach: Arias from cantatas 32, 72, and 202; G.P.Telemann: Arias from Cantatas 11, 35, and 72; William Boyce: Blessed is the Man; Adolphe Adam: Le Retour à la Montagne; Richard Cumming: Four Folk Songs; Lewis Jones: Serenade for Soprano, Oboe, & Piano.
UPC 009414764126
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Telemann Arias from:
  Cantata 35   Cantata 11    Bach Arias from: Cantata32    Cantata 72    Telemann: Was gleicht dem Adel wahrer Christen    Das Herz und Sinn, o schwacher    Bach: Cantata No. 202    Boyce: The King Shall Rejoice    Cumming: As Dew in April    Springfield Mountain    Lonesome Valley    Song of the Old Maid    Jones: Serenade  Introduction   The Shepherd   Holy Thursday   Infant Joy   The Echoing Green    Adam: Le Retour à la Montagne

CD704: MARYLAND BACH ARIA GROUP. Larry Vote, Baritone; Jeff Silberschlag, trumpet; Deborah Greitzer, bassoon; Jeanne Fryberger Vote, harpsichord. J.S. Bach: “Grosser Herr” from Christmas Oratorio, and “Er ist's, der ganz allein”; Telemann: Cantata “Jauchzet dem Herrn,” and Lieder, and Concerto in D for Trumpet, Strings, and Continuo, and Concerto in D for Trumpet, 2 Oboes, and Continuo; Handel: Aria “Revenge, Timotheus Cries”; Fasch: Bassoon Sonata. UPC 009414770424 ORDER NOW

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J S Bach: Christmas Oratorio
   Telemann:  Cantata Concerto in D Major(TWV 51:D7)    Fasch:  Sonata in C Major    J S Bach: Er ist's, der ganz allein   Handel: Alexander’s Feast   Telemann: Glück / Der Schäafer / Die Jugend   Telemann: Concerto in D (TWV 53:D2)


CD705: THE ITALIAN VOYAGE, with the Maryland Bach Aria Group. J.S. Bach: “Wacht Auf” (Cantata 20), and "Wacht Auf" (Cantata 110); Torelli: Sonata in D (trumpet, strings, continuo); Vivaldi: Concerto “La Notte” (bassoon, strings, continuo); Marcello: Salmo Decimoquinto (baritone voice, bassoon, cello, continuo) and Sonata 5 (cello, bassoon, continuo); Stradello: Sinfonia. Larry Vote, Baritone; Jeff Silberschlag, trumpet; Deborah Greitzer, bassoon; Pamela Greitzer, cello; Jeanne Fryberger-Vote, harpsichord; plus strings.
UPC 009414770523 ORDER NOW

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J S Bach:
  Wacht Auf(Cantata 20)    Torelli:  Sonata in D    Vivaldi:  Concerto "La Notte"    Marcello:  Salmo Decimoquinto    Stradella:  Sinfonia to the Serenata   Marcello: Sonata 5   J S Bach: Wacht Auf(Cantata 110)

CD740: VOICES OF CHANGE Dan Welcher: Evening Scenes; William Kraft: Melange; Larry Alan Smith: The Scrolls; Robert Xavier Rodriguez: Chronies, Meditation, and Sonatina d’Estate. Harvey Boatright, flute; Ross Powell, clarinet; Arkady Fomin and Emanuel Borok, violins; Barbara Hustis, viola; Christopher Adkins, cello; Deborah Mashburn, percussion; Jo Boatright, piano; Paul Sperry, tenor. “...a strong program, loaded with exotic color.” Los Angeles Times
UPC 009414774026
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Welcher Evening Scenes:
  Mvt 1(In Memory)   Mvt2  (The Storm)   Mvt 3  (Lullaby)   Rodriguez: Meditation    Rodriguez Chronies:  Mvt 1  (Toccata)  Mvt 2 (Intermezzo)  Mvt 3 (Scherzo)  Mvt 4(The Humidity Rag)    Kraft: Melange  Solo  Duet  Quartet  Sextet    Rodriguez: Sonatina  Mvt 1(Largo)  Mvt 2 (Allegretto)  Mvt 3(Solfeggieto)  The Scrolls

 

CD768: FACETS 3. John Holt, Trumpet. With Sophia Grech, Mezzo Soprano; and Nataliya Sukhina, Piano. James Wintle: Distant Voices from Trumpet and String Quartet (with Igor Borodin and Julia Bushkova on violins, Katrin Meidell on viola, and Johannes Kleinmann on cello); Barbara Harbach: Perambulations for Trumpet and Piano, and 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 Königskünderin for unaccompanied trumpet; Ulysses Kay: Tromba for trumpet and piano.  UPC 009414776822      ORDER NOW    Click here for CD cover photo and details.

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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 Königskünderin (The King-Proclaimer)    Kay:  Tromba  Mvt 1. Prologue   Mvt 2. Nocturne   Mvt 3. Mobile

 

CD806: ALAN HOVHANESS, Vol. 6.  Lady of Light & Avak, The Healer. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hovhaness conductor, with Patricia Clark, soprano; Leslie Fyson, baritone; The Ambrosian Singers and Crystal Chamber Orchestra, Ernest Gold conductor, with Marni Nixon, soprano; Thomas Stevens, trumpet. UPC 009414780621 ORDER NOW

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Lady of Light      Avak the Healer:  Mvt 1(overture)   Mvt 2(Dawn)   Mvt 3(He Strikes the Bells)   Mvt 4(Processional)   Mvt 5(Strangeness)   Mvt 6(He Touches the Broken Heart)

CD808: ALAN HOVHANESS, Vol. 8. Magnificat (for four solo voices, chorus, and orchestra): Louisville Orchestra, University of Louisville Chorus, Audrey Nossaman, soprano; Elizabeth Johnson, contralto; Thomas East, tenor; Richard Dales, baritone; and Saturn: Kate Hurney, soprano; Lawrence Sobel, clarinet; Martin Berkovsky, piano. UPC 009414780829 ORDER NOW

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Magnificat:
  Mvt 1(Celestial Fanfare)   Mvt 2(Magnificat)    Mvt 3(Et Exsultavit)   Mvt 4(Quia Respexit)   Mvt 5(Omnes Generationes)    Quia Fecit Mihi Magna  Et Misericordia  Fecit Potentiam   Esurientes Implevit Bonis  Suscepit Israel  Sicut Locutus Est  Gloria Patri    Saturn:  Prelude   Titan, Moon of Saturn    Orb Mysterious   Saturn, Celestial Globe   O Lost Note   My Hymm   Giant Globe   Vision of Saturn   On Wings of a Soundless Note   What is Universe?   Intermezzo   Harp of Saturn

 

CD811: HOVHANESS TREASURES. Alan Hovhaness' favorite works: Symphony No.49 "Christmas Symphony", Symphony No. 31, Celestial Canticle, O Joy at the Dawn of Spring, Starry Night. Hinako Fujihara, soprano; Scott Goff, flute; Gerard Schwarz and Alan Hovhaness, conductors; Northwest Sinfonia. UPC 009414781123 ORDER NOW

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Symphony No. 31:
  Mvt 1(Andante)  Mvt 2(Presto) Mvt 3(Lento)  Mvt 4(Fuga Presto)  Mvt 5(Allegro)  Mvt 6(Andante)  Mvt 7(Fuga)     Starry Night    Celestial Canticle:  Mvt 1(Prelude)  Mvt 2(The Lord Reigneth)  Mvt 3(Under the Shadow)  Mvt 4(Alleluia)     Dawn of Spring     Christmas Symphony:  Mvt 1(Celestial Prophecy)  Mvt 2(The Angel)  Mvt 3(Pastoral)  Mvt 4(The Star)

CD815: ALAN HOVHANESS SONGS.  Love Songs of Hafiz, Dawn at Laona, How I Adore Thee, Black Pool of Cat, Lullaby of the Lake, Three Odes of Solomon, Out of the Depths. Ara Berberian, basso; Alan Hovhaness, piano

            Ara Berberian was featured bass for 20 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He has performed with most of the major opera companies and symphonies in the U.S. and many in Europe and Asia. He is presently located in Detroit, Michigan. Alan Hovhaness is a superb pianist and this is one of his very rare recorded performances. This recording was originally released on Poseidon Records ca. 1970.
UPC 009414781529
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Love Songs of Hafiz: Mvt 1 (Lord Krishna, darting)
  Mvt 2 (A Merry Old Thief)  Mvt 3 (Flowing of My Tears)  Mvt 4 (Weeping)  Mvt 5  (Vision)  Mvt 6 (O Love, Hear My Cry)  Mvt 7 (Where is My Beloved?)  Mvt 8(Love for the Soul)     How I Adore Thee    Songs, Op. 84  Black Pool of Cat   Op. 74  Lullaby of the Lake    Cantata: Dawn at Laona  Mvt 1(Prelude)  Mvt 2(Vision of Dark Places)  Mvt 3(The Hosts Flew White)  Mvt 4(Motionless Breath)     Odes of Solomon  No Way is Hard   As the Wings of Doves   As the Work of the Husbandman     Anabasis(Out of the Depths, Psalm 130)

CD816: ALAN HOVHANESS SONGS, Vol. 2. Ara Berberian, Basso; Alan Hovhaness, Piano. The Flute Player of the Armenian Mountains; Distant Lake of Sighs; Under a Byzantine Dome; In Early Dawn Time; From High Armenia Mountain; Two Shakespeare Sonnets; Live in the Sun; Paga Saint; Gurge Dikran; Gantznin Orern; Dulhey, Dulhey; Ararat. UPC 009414781628 ORDER NOW

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The Flute Player:
  Mvt 1(Kurd Isakin)  Mvt 2(Lalezar)  Mvt 3(Nashkhoonag)  Mvt 4(Sirds)  Mvt 5(Akh)    Gurge Dikran    Gantznin Orern    Dulhey,Dulhey     Ararat     Distant Lake of Sighs    Under a Byzantine Dome    In Early Dawn Time    From High Armenia Mountain     Two Shakespeare Sonnetts: No. 29(When in Disgrace)   No. 30(When to the Sessions)   Live in the Sun    Pagan Saint

 

CD952: CANTATAS AND ARIAS. Betsy Norden, Soprano; Bob Haley, Trumpet; Alexander String Quartet; Donald Foster, Keyboard. J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 51 (Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen), and Seufzer, Tränen, Krummer, Not (from Cantata 21), and Auch, mit gedämpften (from Cantata 36); Handel: Destro dallí empia dite and Alle voci del bronzo guerriero; Scarlatti: Mio tesoro and Con voce festiva; Jeremiah Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary. “You'll get an idea of the treasure that is Betsy Norden.” Washington Star UPC 009414795229 ORDER NOW

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Handel:
  Destro dall' empia dite    Scarlatti:  Mio tesoro    Bach Cantata #51:  Mvt 1 (Aria)  Mvt 2 (Recitativo)  Mvt 3 (Aria)  Mvt 4 (Chorale)    Handel: Alle voci del bronzo guerriero     Bach: Cantata 21  Seufzer, Tränen, Krummer, Not     Scarlatti:: Con voce festiva    Bach: Cantata 36  Auch, mit gedampften     Clarke:  Trumpet Voluntary

 

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