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Along with soprano Lisa Pontén and pianist Kevin Johnson, acclaimed Seattle trumpeter Brian Chin explores five new works for trumpet as he introduces his Universal Language Project - a collaboration of modern composers striving to create music that can transcend cultures and differences. An international soloist and advocate for new music, Brian Chin has commissioned and premiered many new works. He was a co-founder of the early music ensemble, the Seattle Trumpet Consort and he performs frequently on baroque trumpet, serves as Principal Trumpet for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, performs for the Seattle Symphony and is on the faculty of Seattle Pacific University.
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  • Audio CD (April 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Origin Classical
  • ASIN: B0038LN5DM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Daniel R. Coombs on July 12, 2010
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The new CD, "Universal Language" by trumpeter, Brian Chin, makes a welcome addition to the classical trumpet repertory. Mr, Chin, a symphony professional in the Seattle area is clearly a gifted musician with a nice, rounded tone, excellent technique and a commitment to new literature. In fact, the program, here, is the real surprise and a prime reason to check this out! "Poesia" by Robert Kechley is very pretty, rather impressionistic but with some jazz influence. Jason Berg's "Universal Language" (from which the disc is titled..) is a interesting combination for trumpet, soprano and piano and is based on poetry by the the Japanese writer, Daisaku Ikeda. The trumpet writing in particular is very attention getting, owing a little to Hindemith. Soprano Lisa Cardwell Ponten handles the texts well (and a pretty large tessitura) with clear diction and a feel for the emotions. The "Flowers" is particularly noteworthy, especially the muted trumpet end and some ostinato in the piano! Edward Castro's "Fractured Trance" is a very interesting piece as well, potentially the album's highlight - sort of a blues mode and very attractive. The "Tracks" by Berg is also a very good vehicle for Chin and his pianist, Kevin Johnson, to show off a bit with its own jazz feel. All in all, this piece makes a stronger impression than "Universal Language" However, the "Sonata" for trumpet and piano by Daniel Bukvich is certainly a welcome addition to the sonata rep for trumpeters. Written in one long movement, it requires ample technique and is written in a very declamatory style with a warm, "folksy" middle section that is reminiscent of Copland's "Quiet City" All the performances here is top notch, especially Mr.Read more ›
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