Topic: CRYSTAL RECORDS
New Release October 2005
CD837: The Elegant Viola. Yizhak Schotten, Viola. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Suite for Viola & Orchestra; J.S. Bach, Fantasia; W.F. Bach, Sonata for Viola and Harpsichord; Michael Colgrass, Variations for Four Drums and Viola. Yizhak Schotten, Viola; Carole Terry, Harpsichord; Frank Epstein, Percussion; Slovak Radio Orchestra, Kirk Trevor, Conductor
This is Yizhak Schotten's fifth CD on Crystal Records. He has been called "one of America?s finest string players" by STRAD Magazine. Schotten is formerly principal viola of the Houston and Cincinnati Symphonies, and a member of the Boston Symphony. He is one of the most respected violists in the world. He now teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This is one of the only available recordings of the beautiful Suite by Vaughan Williams, and is the only recording of the Variations by Michael Colgrass.
New Releases September 2005
CD265: Anton Reicha: Woodwind Quintets Vol 5: opus 91, no.s 3 & 4. Westwood Wind Quintet
This is the second release in Crystal Records' series of Anton Reicha's monumental 24 woodwind quintets. These are beautiful works, symphonic in scope. Reicha (1770-1836) was a friend of Beethoven's and his writing illustrates the style of that period. One of the most influential composers and teachers of the early 1800s, Reicha was Professor of Counterpoint and Fugue at the Paris Conservatory.
The Westwood Wind Quintet has recorded more than 15 albums in addition to the Reicha series, and has performed over 2000 concerts since its inception in 1959. The group has been called "a complete and completely satisfying musical experience" by legendary conductor Robert Shaw. Daniel Carriaga, writing in the Los Angeles Times about a concert of the Westwood Wind Quintet, said "An accumulation of instrumental polish and important repertory over a long period has resulted in a treasurable sense of ensemble and musical solidity."
Topic: CRYSTAL RECORDS
CD773: Gregory Hustis, Horn. With the Dallas Philharmonia, Paul Clifford Phillips, Conductor. Eric Ewazen: Concerto for Horn and String Orchestra; James Beckel: The Glass Bead Game; Simon Sargon: Questings.
Gregory Hustis has been principal horn with the Dallas Symphony for 40 years. He also has been featured guest artist with many other orchestras and music festivals, and is the artistic director of the Music in the Mountains festival in Durango, Colorado. One of his previous CDs was called "one of the finest recitals I have ever heard" by Robert McColley in Fanfare Magazine.
CD714: Fl?te Agr?able. April Clayton, Flute. With Philip Lasser, Piano and J.Y. Song, Piano. Philip Lasser: Sonata; Henri Dutilleux: Sonatine; Jean Fran?aix: Sonata; Pierre Sancan: Sonatine; Eugene Bozza: Agrestide.
April Clayton, formerly principal flutist with the New York Lyric Orchestra, has performed in four continents and is flute professor at Brigham Young University. Having received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School in 2001, she presented her debut Carnegie Hall recital in 2003. The New York Concert Review (Anthony Aibel) wrote: "Her performance...was superb...thoroughly polished playing. Utah is lucky to have her." Lasser's sonata is a premier recording, and the others are in some cases the only available recordings of these wonderful works for flute and piano.
CD731: Larry Combs, Clarinet. With Gail Williams, Horn; Mary Ann Covert, Piano. Mikl?s R?zsa: Sonata for Clarinet Solo and Sonatina for Clarinet Solo; George Rochberg: Trio for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano; Gunther Schuller: Romantic Sonata for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano.
Larry Combs, one of the world's most respected clarinetists, joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1974 and was appointed principal clarinet by Sir Georg Solti in 1978. He has since appeared as concerto soloist with the Orchestra on numerous occasions. Prior to joining the Chicago Symphony, he was a member of the New Orleans, Montreal, and Santa Fe Opera orchestras.
Posted by BSB, editor
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Updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2005 4:48 AM EDT