This recording - like its earlier companion CD Portrait of an Artist - showcases the incredible artistry, musicianship and teaching of Arnold Jacobs, legendary tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1944-1988. This unique audio portrait is comprised entirely of recordings of Jacobs' voice from master classes, lectures and interviews, combined with rare recordings of Jacobs as a soloist, brass ensemble member with CSO colleagues, and home practice recordings. The accompanying booklet discusses the enduring legacy and contributions that Arnold Jacobs made to the field of brass teaching and orchestral performance and also includes a recommended list of recordings with the Chicago Symphony. Summit Records
The goal of this project is to preserve Arnold Jacobs’ legacy for future generations by presenting an audio "time capsule" of his voice, magnificent playing, and pristine example. As with his teaching context is everything. This recording presents topics and musical examples in a meaningful sequence. As a result, we encourage you to hear the recording in its entirety. Just as Jake would recommend that students not segment into parts, the fullness and many important subtleties of this story will be best appreciated in context of the whole. Having gained that perspective, subsequent study of individual excerpts is both recommended and strongly encouraged. We dedicate this recording with respect and great affection to the memory of Arnold and Gizella Jacobs. Summit Records
In the old days it was a tradition for musicians to refer to the greatest of players on a given instrument as the King! There is no question that among musicians today (1958), William Bell would be enthroned as King of the Tuba. So fantastic are his achievements on this instrument that the professionals who know and understand its difficulties shake their heads in wonder and amazement when they hear him play. He played with the Bachman Band and the Sousa Band. In 1937 he came to New York to play under Arturo Toscanini and since that time has appeared with most of the major orchestras on radio and television. Toscanini declared William Bell the greatest tuba player he had ever heard. Once at a rehearsal the great conductor suddenly stopped the orchestra and called out “Play that again, please!” Mr. Bell looked puzzled and the maestro explained, “No, no, there is nothing wrong. Play it again, please, just for me. I have never heard that passage played with such a lovely tone!” Coming from Toscanini this was adulation of the highest order. By Harvey Phillips Foundation
Finally, the historic 1971 recording is available on CD! Jay Friedman, Frank Crisafulli, Ed Kleinhammer, Jim Gilbertsen and Arnold Jacobs play Orchestral Excerpts by Berlioz, Brahms, Bruckner, Gliere, Holst, Mahler, Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and Wagner!!
This is the first in a series of recordings devoted to highlighting outstanding new music for the euphonium. The goal of the series is to highlight works for euphonium and piano and also spotlight chamber works on each album also. This first volume pairs Adam with Paula Peace, Artistic Director of the Atlanta Chamber Players. Also, former Canadian Brass trumpeter, Fred Mills, joins Adam on Wilhelm's Duett Concertino for Trumpet, Euphonium, and Piano.
Beyond the Horizon - Volume 2 continues the series dedicated to highlighting new repertoire for the euphonium. Ranging from William Brusick's powerful and triumphant Concerto for Euphonium to the sublime lyrical writing of Jiro Censhu's duet The Windows Open to the Ocean to the Mahlerian influences and turmoil in James Stephenson's Sonata for Euphonium, Beyond the Horizon - Volume 2 highlights the diverse style and abilities of the euphonium. Also included are pieces influenced by the Salvation Army traditions: a classic fantasy by Philip Catelinet, Call of the Seasons, and young composer Martin Mikles with the charming work, The Journey Home. Featured last is great friend of the euphonium, Scott Stewart on saxophone in Barbara York's Conversations for Saxophone, Euphonium, and Piano. International pianist and accompanist, Michael Fennelly brings the various works alive whether performing as a "mini wind or brass band" in the Brusick and Catelinet, a spirited partner in the Stephenson, or a refined tonal palette in the Censhu and Mikles. I hope this is another fine addition to the growing repertoire and enlightens audiences around the world to the great new music for the euphonium." -- Adam Frey
A wonderful collection of traditional Scottish, Irish, and classical melodies that combines the lush sound of the euphonium with dreamy synthesizer accompaniments in a new age vein. Selections include Danny Boy; Arioso; Shenandoah; Last Rose of Summer; Ye Banks and Braes; Ave Maria; Over Yandro; The Swan; O Waly Waly; Shall We Gather at the River; Amazing Grace.
Point of Ayr Brass Band - Wales, UK Adam plays Principal Euphonium and is soloist on Fantasie Originale (piano version available) [link to AMP-01 Description] and also features a number of world premiere recordings among its varied program. This CD is great for brass players that want to experience a brass band with a newer repertoire. The Sparke and Sinatra are both great works showing off many of the great players of the band. The band has been awarded 3rd Prize at the European Championships and won the Welsh Championships on numerous occasions.
Selections - Philip Sparke Pantomime; Rachmaninov Vocalise; Yasuhide Ito Fantasy Variations; Puccini Nessun Dorma; Vladimir Cosma Euphonium Concerto; Faure Elegie in C minor; Korsakov Flight of the Bumble Bee; Ponce Estrellita; Ermano Picchi Fantaisie Originale. "Beauty, energy, diversity, and listening enjoyment were always present in my mind when I choose the music for "Listen to THIS!!" Give the audience what they want: exquisite melodies, exciting virtuosity, and a unique performance experience. I present a multinational buffet for the ears to feast upon with musical cuisine from Great Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Japan, and Mexico. I hope this recording communicates the fun and enjoyment that I experienced making it." - Adam Frey
Adam Frey and Scott Hartman combine talents with the Metropolitan Wind Symphony and Larry Isaacson to bring listeners a great collection of masterworks, programmatic compositions, opera favorites, and virtuoso show pieces...and then the infamous Duelin' Banjos with a 4 and 1/2 octave twist!! Selections - Euphonium Solos - Martin Ellerby - Euphonium Concerto; Alfred Reed - Seascape; John Hartmann - Rule Britannia; Giacomo Puccini - Un Bel Di; Trombone Solos - Tony DiLorenzo - Little Buckaroo; Meredith Willson 76 Trombones; Duets - Delibus - Flower Song from Lakme; Arthur Smith - Duelin' Banjos
Adam Frey and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra present a disc of outstanding transcriptions and the much heralded and award winning Concerto for Euphonium: Swimming the Mountain by Allen Feinstein - WINNER of the 2006 ITEA Harvey Phillips Composition Contest. This recording pairs itself nicely with Majestic Journey This was a joy to record in the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, New Zealand and I had some outstanding moments with the orchestra and Maestro Bruce Hangen, Principal Guest Conductor of the Boston Pops.
Harvey Phillips, "The Paganini of the Tuba" - The eclectic diversity of music chosen for this CD is selected from little known professional recordings and live clinician appearances with a variety of ensembles over the years. Handel - Sonata for Flute & Continuo - IV. Vivace, V. Gavotte, VII. Allegro; Youmans - The Carioca; Brittain - Thumbs Up; Benson - Helix 1-Dancing-Rollicking; Raggamuffin - "The Leasebreakers"; Albam - A Brief History of the Blues; Carisi - Varsity Drag from "A Greek in Dixieland"; David Baker speaks; Baker - Sonata for Tuba & String Quartet Movement 2; Richard Peaslee speaks; Peaslee - The Devil's Herald; Gunther Schuller speaks; Schuller - Capriccio for Tuba and Chamber Orchestra; Wilder - Song for Carol; Sauter - Blue Moon. By Harvey Phillips Foundation
Harvey Phillips TubaCompany performs music of every style, for every age, and for virtually every occasion, with their tubas and euphoniums (tenor tubas). Their primary objective is to entertain audiences wherever they perform. Harvey Phillips TubaCompany illustrates the genius of Harvey Phillips to intrigue and capture discerning listeners with sounds they otherwise may never have imagined! And so, this CD recording is for you to discover! Relax, listen, tap your feet and enjoy! And, should you be inspired to dance (polka, waltz, fox-trot, lindy, rock or whatever), be our guests!
The Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort - Live is a re-release of a concert in 1991. This recording features RICH MATTESON, HARVEY PHILLIPS, JOHN ALLRED, BUDDY BAKER, DANIEL PERANTONI, WINSTON MORRIS, and others perfoming In a Mellow Tone, Senor Blues, Bye Bye Blues, C.T.’s Blues, Shuckin’ and Jivin', Oleo, Your Mama Ain’t Got no Draws by Harvey Phillips Foundation and Richmond A. Matteson Legacy Productions
The Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort - Superhorns is a re-release of material recorded from the group that existed from 1976-1994. This recording features RICH MATTESON, HARVEY PHILLIPS, ASHLEY ALEXANDER, BUDDY BAKER, DANIEL PERANTONI, WINSTON MORRIS, and others perfoming SPOOFY, LUCKY SOUTHERN, OLEO, LITTLE OLE SOFTY, STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY, GREGORY IS HERE, SUMMERTIME, NOREEN'S NOCTURNE, GEORGIA ON MY MIND, THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE, WALTZING MATILDA, (TOTAL TIME: 72:16 ) by Harvey Phillips Foundation and Richmond A. Matteson Legacy Productions
For the New York Brass Quintet's 50th Anniversary Year, two of their recordings are released on this special CD for the first time. The New York Brass Quintet In Concert (1959) featuring works by Pezel, Gabrieli, Harris, Holborne, Bozza plus others. The New York Brass Quintet Presents Two Contemporary Composers (1960) features works by Wilder and Hammond. Produced by Harvey Phillips Foundation and Richmond A. Matteson Legacy Productions
The life long journey of communicating begins with the many fairy tales and fables told to us by our loved ones. In our search to speak, we begin with simple phrases that eventually become orations of great detail and meaning. The ultimate skill in any language is fluency - an understanding of the language so comprehensive that one can extemporize around the social campfire for endless hours. As music is a language, it is with the greatest joy that we have found a small group of musical linguists to sit around the musical campfire and tell tales that reach to the outer bounds of our experience and imagination! We will tell you tales of the Outback, of Navajo burial grounds, of pagan Armenia, of Brazilian beaches, of New Orleans street life and of Cuban dancing in outer space!
Toby Hanks was formerly principal tuba with the San Antonio, Puerto Rico, and Minneapolis Symphonies and is currently a free lance performer and teacher in New York City, holding positions with the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center, the American Composer's Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony. He is chairman of the Brass Department at the Manhattan School of Music where he he has taught since 1973. He also teaches and conducts at Yale University and for eighteen years was on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Since moving to New York in 1967 to become a member of the legendary New York Brass Quintet, Toby has been at the center of the music scene there, performing with most major ensembles in the city.