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John Williams Trumpet Concerto Featuring Arturo Sandoval

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The renowned Arturo Sandoval performs the modern, elegant Trumpet Concerto of legendary composer John Williams. Other works featured on the CD include Williams' moving Essay For Strings, and two pieces by up-and-coming composer Kevin Kaska: the Harp Concerto, a serene piece masterfully performed by Boston Symphony Orchestra harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, and A Long Way (three songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra) powerfully delivered by Kristine Jepson.

1. A Long Way (Three Songs For Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra)
2. I. Andante tranquillo
3. II. Lento con espressivo (for Salzedo)
4. III. Energico
5. Essay For Strings
6. I. Maestoso
7. II. Slowly
8. III. Allegro deciso

Product Details

  • Performer: Ann Hobson Pilot, Kristine Jepson, Arturo Sandoval
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ron Feldman
  • Composer: John Williams, Kevin Kaska
  • Audio CD (April 16, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Denouement Records
  • ASIN: B00006F7K4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan P. Foran on September 25, 2002
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A great CD. A must for any fan of trumpet music. Neo-Romantic Kevin Kaska gives us some interesting new material to chew on. His compositions are very enjoyable. The Song cycle is beautiful, as is the harp concerto. The real meat of the CD though is the "John Williams." "Essay for Strings" and "Trumpet Concerto." One thing to remember when listening to William's concert works is that "You Are Not Listening To A Film Score!" Many listeners have expressed disregard for John William's more formal compositions because they are expecting to hear a film score. Remember those compositions are meant to accompany a film. Like his violin, cello, and bassoon works, these pieces reveal to us the more restrained side of the composer. They are romantic in form but not in harmony. This, however, does not take away from these works. Listen closely! To die-hard-Williams listener's ears, JW's style can be clearly deciphered. The same musical elements that are the backbone of all of Williams film scores are all there. In the frenzied runs of the trumpet concerto we CAN hear Star Wars, and other familiar musical messages from other compositions; we're just getting these musical elements from Williams HIMSELF and not through the medium of a Movie. I realize it's not for everybody, but I think Williams's fans should be able to appreciate and be thrilled by jewels, especially if they know what to expect and what to listen for.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on September 23, 2002
I'm not going to talk about the music by Kaska on this disc, as I only bought it for the Williams pieces. But suffice to say, the Kaska is ok. But nothing special. JW's trumpet concerto is disappointing. Its basically the same old Williams brass stuff we've heard before. But being a huge fan of the composer, I do enjoy the piece. But its not even in the same league as his violin and cello concertos, or even his more lighthearted work "American Journey". "Essay for Strings" on the other hand, is a different kettle of fish entirely. Only 10 minutes long, but every minute is brilliant. I found it to be a profoundly moving piece, and just as amazing as his Elegy for Cello and his "Treesong" piece. Wonderful atmospheric music. Impossible to ignore. He again shows his unparralled talent for orchestration. This CD is worth buying just for those 10 minutes of brilliance. Williams truly is a master of music.
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To start, the material by Kevin Kaska is not at all enjoyable to listen to. The harp concerto is a bizarre piece, with a very poor construction. The orchestral material has nothing to do with the harp solo material, and it just sounds like he wrote a harp solo and played it over another different orchestral work. On top of that, the orchestral material just sounds like snippets of other composers, almost note for note stolen and then glued together. Over all the concerto is distracting to listen to, and rather bland as all three movements sounds the same.

On a totally different note (not to coin a phrase) the Williams pieces are marvelous. I very much enjoyed the trumpet concerto, although there are one or two spots where the solo work could have gone better ( theres even one very out of tune note), which is surprising for a studio recording. On the hole, the concerto is a pleasure to listen to time and again, with three movements that are full of life and that really exemplify the spirit of the trumpet.
The Essay for Strings was equally fantastic although a bit darker, but not completely on the a-tonal side… more somewhere in-between. A very emotionally gripping piece that keeps you at full attention right until the very end.

In short, this cd is full well worth the money for the Williams, however the Kaska I wouldn't even go listen to for free.
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By Steve on November 27, 2012
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Hard to find disc - arrived quickly and as advertised

Trumpet playing of the soloist is not really great but this is the only recording!
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