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

CD109. 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    ORDER 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.

CD109 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)
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


CD160: CONCERT ACCORDION ARTISTRY OF ROBERT DAVINE. Paul Creston, Prelude and Dance; David Diamond, Night Music; Hans Lang, Prelude and Fugue; Cecil Effinger, Nocturne; Ted Zarlengo, Suite; Adamo Volpi, Preludio; Normand Lockwood, Sonata-Fantasy; John Gart, Vivo; Carmelo Pino, Concertino; Matyas Seiber, Introduction and Allegro. UPC 00941471602-6

Robert Davine, Accordion; with Lamont Chamber Players.  "In the right hands, the accordion can be a highly artistic and expressive instrument. Robert Davine has one of those right hands (a good left one too) and a musical head as well."  Stereo Review ORDER NOW

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Lang Prelude and Fugue
    Effinger: Nocturne   Creston: Prelude and Dance     Zarlengo Suite: Mvt. 1(Prelude)  Mvt 2(Scherzo)  Mvt 3(Pastoral)  Mvt 4(Interlude)  Mvt 5(Gigue)    Volpi: Preludio    Lockwood: Sonata-Fantasy  Mvt 1(Contemplative)  Mvt 2(Allegro piocoso)  Mvt 3(Adagio serioso)  Gart: Vivo    Pino:  Mvt 1(Allegro)  Mvt 2(Andante)  Mvt 3(Presto)     Diamond: Night Music    Seiber: Introduction and Allegro

CD171: Nostalgique. ANN MASON  STOCKTON, HARP. Felix Slatkin, conductor. Harl McDonald, Suite “From Childhood” for Harp and Orchestra; Andre Caplet, Conte Fantastique (after Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Mask of the Red Death”); Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Concertino for Harp, String Quartet, & 3 Clarinets; Russell Woollen, Lento for Harp Solo; Lalo Schifrin, Continuum; Albert Roussel, Impromptu.  Marvelous recordings from 1960s conducted by the legendary Slatkin w/Ann Mason Stockton, probably the most recorded studio harpist in Hollywood.   UPC 00941471712-2  ORDER NOW

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McDonald: From Childhood  Mvt. 1   Mvt. 2   Mvt. 3     Caplet: Conte Fantastique     Woollen:  Lento     Schifrin:  Continuum     Roussell:  Impromptu     Castelnuovo-Tedesco:  Concertino  Mvt. 1   Mvt. 2   Mvt. 3

CD181: David Craighead, Organ    ORDER NOW  

William Albright, The King of Instruments (A Parade of Music and Verse for Organ and Narrator; Eugene Haun, Narrator); Vincent Persichetti, Sonata for Organ, op. 86, and Drop, Drop Slow Tears  (organ solo); Samuel Adler, Xenia, A Dialog for Organ and Percussion (Gordon Stout, Percussion); Paul Cooper, Variants for Organ.
David Craighead was Chairman of the organ department at Eastman School of Music from 1955 to 1992. His annual tours were consistently sold out well in advance. One of the most respected organists in the world, Craighead represented “the American School of organists at its finest.” (New York Times) UPC 009414718129
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Albright The King of Instruments  Intro   Organ entrance      Persichetti  Sonata  mvt. 1  mvt. 2  mvt. 3    Drop, Drop Slow Tears    Adler  Xenia    Cooper  Variants for Organ

 CD520:  MOSTLY RAILROAD MUSIC, by Eldon Rathburn. Delightful CD by one of Canada’s foremost film composers. Three Calliope Pieces (steam calliope), Junction (jaw harps), Rise and Fall of the Steam Railroad (includes calliope, jew's harp, synthesizer, banjos, mandolin, percussion, piano), Ghost Train, Railroad Preludes (piano), Iron Horses of Delson, Schönberg vs. Gershwin, Dorian Crossing, Dvorak at 155th Street, Hindemith Rides the Merchants Limited (flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons), The Nomadic Five, and Turbo UPC 00941475202-4 ORDER NOW

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Three Calliope Pieces: St. Lawrence Tubular Bridge   Stravinsky on the Delta Queen   Honky-Tonks      Junction    Rise and Fall of the Steam RR    Ghost Train
RR Preludes:
  Great Little Train of Wales   Tiddles of Paddington   Spiral Tunnel Boogie   In Memoriam   Thoreau's Train   Amtrak
Iron Horses of Delson     Schoenberg v. Gershwin    Dorion Crossing    Dvorak at 155th    Hindemith Rides the Ltd.    Nomadic Five    Turbo

CD661: Voices of Trumpets and Organ. Byron Pearson* and Donald R. Tison^, Trumpets; Arthur Vidrich, Organ. UPC 009414766120. >  ORDER NOW      Giuseppe Torelli, Sinfonia con Tromba*; Alan Hovhaness, Prayer of St. Gregory*; Hans Ludwig Schilling, Canzona*; Daniel Pinkham, The Other Voices of the Trumpet*; Jean Langlais, Two Chorale Preludes*, and Sonatine for Trumpet^; Claude Gervais, Dances from the French Renaissance*^; Antonio Valente, Lo Ballo del’Intorcia*^; Henri Tomasi, Semaine sainte à Cüzco*; Anthony Plog, Fanfare for Two Trumpets*^; Francesco Manfredini, Concerto for Two Trumpets and Organ*^.
Featuring the wonderful combination of trumpets with organ, this CD is a combination of two LP releases from 1980 and 1982. Byron Pearson was trumpet professor at Oberlin University and had been in the Baltimore, St. Louis, and New Orleans Symphonies, and a featured soloist with the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, DC. Donald Tison was principal trumpet with the Baltimore Symphony from 1969 to 2000, and was trumpet teacher at the Peabody Conservatory. Arthur Vidrich was the first visually limited student to receive the DMA degree at the University of Michigan. He is a prominent organ soloist throughout the Northeast U.S.

Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown._(r)(to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)_(r)Torelli: Sinfonia con Tromba  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3   Mvmt 4     Hovhaness  Prayer of St. Gregory    Schilling: Canzona  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3    Pinkham: The Other Voices of the Trumpet    Langlais :Two Chorale Preludes   From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee   A Mighty Fortress is Our God    Langlais: Sonatine for Trumpet  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3     Gervais: Dances from the French Renaissance  Pavane   Branle gai   Branle simple   Allemande    Valente: Lo Ballo del’Intorcia    Tomasi  Semaine sainte à Cüzco    Plog  Fanfare for Two Trumpets    Manfredini: Concerto for Two Trumpets and Organ  Mvmt 1   Mvmt 2   Mvmt 3

CD740: VOICES OF CHANGE,  American Comtemporary Chamber Music.  Dan Welcher: Evening Scenes; Robert Xavier Rodriguez: Meditation; Chronies; Sonatina d'Estate; William Kraft: Melange; Larry Alan Smith: The Scrolls.  Voices of Change is Dallas' only professional chamber music ensemble dedicated to music of the 20th century.  UPC 00941477402-6 ORDER NOW

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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

CD839: American Weavings, Carol Rodland, Viola; Catherine Rodland, Organ. UPC 009414783929.   ORDER NOW  

John Weaver, Concert Piece for Viola and Organ; Christopher Gable, Teshuvah for Viola and Organ; Augusta Read Thomas, Incantation and Pulsar for Solo Viola; Daniel Pinkham, A Proclamation for Organ and Sonata da Chiesa for Viola and Organ; Craig Phillips, Toccata on ‘Hyfrydol’ for Organ Solo; John Weaver, Three Chorale Preludes for Viola and Organ.

Carol Rodland is Viola Professor at the Eastman School of Music and is an international soloist. About her previous solo CD on Crystal, Fanfare Magazine wrote “her tone is larger than life, sweetly in tune, and infinitely variegated.” Catherine Rodland is artist-in-residence at St. Olaf College and also concertizes throughout the U.S. and Canada. The unusual combination of viola and organ is shown to great advantage in these premiere recordings.

Sound samples (mp3 files)  Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown. Weaver   Concert Piece for Viola and Organ    Gable   Teshuvah    Thomas   Incantation   Pulsar    Pinkham   A Proclamation for Organ    Pinkham   Sonata da Chiesa   Adagio; Allegro   Andantino   Presto; Adagietto   Giocoso    Phillips   Toccata on ‘Hyfrydol’    Weaver   Three Chorale Preludes   Wondrous Love   Land of Rest   Foundation   (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)


CD850:  LOU HARRISON, Concerto for Violin and Percussion; Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra.  Eudice Shapiro, violin;  David Craighead, organ; Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble, William Kraft, conductor.  "Recording of Special Merit",  Stereo Review.  "The violin soars and sings. Superb performance"  High Fidelity  "marvelous expressive melodies in the Violin Concerto. The Organ Concerto is even more flamboyant... particularly joyous." Fanfare.    UPC 00941478502-2 ORDER NOW     Click here for CD cover photo and details.

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Concerto for Violin:  Mvt 1(Allegro maestoso)   Mvt 2(Largo)   Mvt 3(Allegro)    Concerto for Organ:  Mvt 1(Allegro)  Mvt 2(Andante)  Mvt 3(Largo)   Mvt 4(Canons and Choruses)   Mvt 5(Allegro Finale)



C106:  Robert Davine, Accordion.   (Same program as CD160 above, except without the Creston Prelude and Dance.)  UPC 009414710642    SOLD OUT

C520:  Mostly Railroad Music.  (same program as CD520 above)  Cassette  UPC 009414752042 SOLD OUT see CD520

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