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The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

The Washington Trombone Ensemble
Matthew Guilford, solo bass trombonist
Summit Records 589
Released: 2012
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American Record Guide Review: “The big new piece is James Stephenson’s Road Not Taken, commissioned by the WTE and soloist Matthew Guilford. Stephenson says the work was completed before he realized it could have been inspired by the Robert Frost poem, so he gave each movement a title from the text: ‘Two Roads’, ‘Diverged’, and ‘All the Difference’. The 17-minute concerto for bass trombone and trombone choir presents formidable challenges, and Guilford has what it takes to handle it: the ability to play both very low (expected for a bass trombonist) and very high (not expected), a clear and concentrated tone quality, and remarkable technical skills.” -Barry Kilpatrick


Brass Trios

Brass Trios

The University of Maryland Brass Trio
Chris Gekker, trumpet
Greg Miller, horn
Matthew Guilford, trombone
Albany Records (Troy 1222)
Released: 2010
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Modern brass chamber music is dominated by quintets and the relative scarcity of trio performances is belied by the number of outstanding compositions for that ensemble, some of which are presented on this recording.


Elektra. Richard Strauss. Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ozawa. Philips 422 574-2 1988

Richard Strauss: Elektra

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ozawa
Philips 422 574-2
Released: 2003
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Review: “This concert performance with the Boston Symphony is excellent in many ways. Hildegard Behrens is superb, right-on for those high notes, and I like the way she slides off the final A# – an appropriately maniacal effect. Throughout her characterization is strong, the drama intense.” – Classical CD Review


Stabat Mater The Washington Chorus, Shafer Naxos. (2002)

Stabat Mater

The Washington Chorus, Shafer
Naxos
Released: 2002
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Review: “Robert Shafer’s Washington Chorus has scored another hit with their new recording of Antonin Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. The CD also includes Dvorak’s rarely heard Psalm 149, an interesting pairing of selections.” – W.R. Stewart


Melodious Accord, The Master Chorale of Washington. Donald McCullough, conductor. Choral Music of Alice Parker. Gothic Records CD49129 (1999)

Melodious Accord

Master Chorale of Washington, McCullough
Gothic Records CD49129
Released: 2001
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This recording documents an extraordinary concert, intended to capture the spirit of shape note conventions, which are still held today in many parts of the country. Invited choirs joined the Master Chorale to perform Wesley, Idumea and Sweet Prospect, surrounding the audience at the Kennedy Center in Washington.


The New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms National Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin Decca 289 467 631-2 (2000)

The New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms

National Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin
Decca 289 467 631-2
Released: 2001
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Review: Michael Kamen is a multitalented, multifaceted musician. Though originally classically trained, he soon turned to writing in other styles and is now famous mostly for his film scores, several of which have won prestigious awards and nominations. He has been credited with successfully bridging the gap between the worlds of classical and pop music, and The New Moon, commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin to celebrate the new millennium, is described as “his first classical symphony.”


Piano Grand: A Smithsonian Celebration. Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra (2000)

Mephistopheles; Arrigo Boito

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Arena
Virgin VI: VVD 1089, Pioneer LD: 63707, Pioneer LD: PLMCC 00691, VL Klassik VIDEO: VL 097, Castle RM VI: CV 2823, Arthaus 100414
Released: 2001
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Review: “The 1989 performance of the San Francisco Opera’s production of Boito’s ‘Mefistofele’ could not have been more brilliant, more vibrant, more beautiful. It was captured well during the original performance and the transfer to DVD was superb. Having not seen the show performed live, I should state that I am at a bit of a loss in that department, but having seen enough operas live in my days and having recorded them as well, I can safely say that this particular DVD is well worth the money.” – Ant


Piano Grand: A Smithsonian Celebration. Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra (2000)

Piano Grand: A Smithsonian Celebration. Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra

Released: 2000
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Review: “I happend across this DVD in my local library and it is by far the best-produced concert video I have seen. The production quality is extremely high. The picture is crisp, the sound is clear and balanced. Billy Joel is an engaging host who introduces the listener to a vast array of well-known performers with backgrounds in classical, jazz, and pop music. While there is such a wide range of musical genres, there are no dissapointments in this show. Performances are all of a high caliber. You won’t be disappointed with this choice, I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who loves classical or jazz music, and mostly… the piano.”


War Requiem. Benjamin Britten. The Washington Chorus, Shafer. Naxos 3898

Britten: War Requiem

The Washington Chorus, Shafer
Naxos 3898
Winner of the Grammy® Award for Best Choral Performance
Released: 1999
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Review: “A lot of people were surprised when this recording of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem – featuring the all-amateur Washington Chorus, the Shenandoah Conservatory Chorus, and the Maryland Boy Choir under the direction of Robert Shafer – won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance of 1999. They shouldn’t have been.” – Ted Libbey


Ancient Airs for Brass & Organ. Washington Symphonic Brass. Milton Stevens, conductor. William Neil, organ. Phil Snedecor, arranger. Summit Records. DDCD 250. (1999)

Ancient Airs for Brass & Organ

Washington Symphonic Brass, Stevens
Summit Records. DDCD 250
Released: 1999
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Like most brass recordings, “Ancient Airs for Brass & Organ” contains no works originally done for modern brass instruments. What is unusual about the collection is that none of these works (with the exception of the Bach) were written for any specific instrument.


Christmas with the Master Chorale of Washington, Donald McCullough. Gothic Records CD353 (1999)

Christmas with the Master Chorale of Washington

Master Chorale of Washington, McCullough
Gothic Records CD353
Released: 1999
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Review: “A very good choir and excellent arrangements of interesting Christmas music. I am a big fan of Robert Shaw; this isn’t a Robert Shaw concert but in some ways it is even better. The precision of the choir, plus the excitement they bring to their performance, makes this a favorite at our house. The CD has a clear, balanced sound. Recommended.” – Yvonne Smith


Symphony No. 1-4-5-8-9-11 Dmitri Shostakovich. National Symphony Orchestra, Rostropovich. Teldec Records 1991-1995

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1-4-5-8-9-11

National Symphony Orchestra, Rostropovich
Teldec Records
Released: 1998
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Review: “Mstislav Rostropovich was a friend of the composer, and his performances of the 15 Shostakovich symphonies are uniquely authoritative. It’s true that as a conductor the great cellist has had his ups and downs, but unlike so many far less musical personalities, he has only recorded the music that he feels most passionately about, and the results have been generally impressive.” – David Hurwitz


Symphony No. 6 and The Love for Three Oranges. National Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin. RCA Red Seal BMG 09026 68801-2 (1998)

Symphony No. 6 and The Love for Three Oranges

National Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin
RCA Red Seal BMG 09026 68801-2 (1998)
Released: 1998
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Review: “…[P]erhaps a bit too tidy. Still, that tidiness helps focus the power and fury of a symphony inspired by Russia’s darkest World War II hours, and Slatkin shows he can wield plenty of symphonic color and humor in the Love for Three Oranges suite.”


Concerto for Percussion (Evelyn Glennie) and New Morning for the World. Joseph Schwantner. National Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin. RCA Red Seal BMG 09026 68692-2 (1997)

Concerto for Percussion and New Morning for the World

Evelyn Glennie, soloist. National Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin
RCA Red Seal BMG 09026 68692-2 (1997)
Released: 1997
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Symphony No. 1. Of Rage and Remembrance. John Corigliano, National Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin. RCA Red Seal BMG 09026 68450-2 1996

Corigliano: Symphony No. 1. Of Rage and Remembrance

National Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin
RCA Red Seal BMG 09026 68450-2
Released: 1996
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Review: “Corigliano’s most famous piece of music is the score to the film Altered States. Actually, all of his music kind of sounds like that– alternating moments of poignant lyricism with explosions of rhythmic energy. The son of the former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Corigliano literally grew up around the orchestra.” – David Hurwitz


Ein Deutsches Requiem. Johannes Brahms. Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scribner. Choral Arts 10104 1995

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scribner
Choral Arts 10104
Released: 1995
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The longest of Brahms’ work in any form, A German Requiem was originally planned to be four movements. Inspired by the death of his mother in February 1865, Brahms expanded the scope of the work to six and finally seven movements. Considered a monumental classic, the music is powerful and hauntingly beautiful, and a must-have for classical music lovers.


Predator II. Varese Sarabande. VSD-5302 1990

Predator 2

Varese: Sarabande
VSD-5302
Released: 1990
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