Hindemith, Bozza, Ropartz, Barat, Poulenc, Borden & Hall Lewis

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COMPOSERS: Barat,Borden & Hall Lewis,Bozza,Hindemith,Poulenc,Ropartz
LABELS: Crystal
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Thomas Stevens
WORKS: Monophony VII for unaccompanied trumpet
PERFORMER: Thomas Stevens (trumpet), Zita Carno (piano), John Cerminaro (horn), Ralph Sauer (trombone)
CATALOGUE NO: CD 761 1976-96
Any disc featuring the solo trumpet-playing of the legendary Thomas Stevens, principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for over 25 years, is a must for the serious student. Of particular interest here is the Monophony VII for unaccompanied trumpet by Robert Hall Lewis, an arresting work displaying Stevens’s virtuosity and versatility. To a wider audience, however, this release probably has more limited appeal owing to the emphasis on rather weak French repertoire. A previous issue (Crystal CD 665), with Stevens playing sonatas by Maxwell Davies and Antheil and Henze’s Sonatina, is a much stronger candidate for general consumption. Deborah Calland