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Berlin Recital


"All round this is an impressive disc. It is surely a must for anybody with an interest in the bass trombone. Improbable as it may seem, it would also be good if the disc could also find an audience outside of that tiny group. Whatever sort of instrument Stefan Schulz plays, his solo work deserves to be heard purely for its musical qualities. He is a major talent and I look forward to his next recital recording." (Gavin Dixon, Music Web International).

A member of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, Stefan Schulz is one of the world's leading bass trombonists. As implied by the title of this recording - his first solo disc -, it is a recital programme recorded live at a concert in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie in 2008. The programme has been chosen to emphasize the various facets of the bass trombone and in particular its ability to play music of a songful character. This certainly applies to Brahms' Four Serious Songs, as well as the cantabile works by Lebedev and Sulek which both seem to point to the sonorities of Romanticism; but it is equally true of Jan Sandström's wonderfully simple Song to Lotta, appearing as an encore. To balance the programme Schulz has included a work by Daniel Schnyder, the New York-based composer and saxophonist with whom he collaborates closely. subZERO, Schnyder's concerto for bass trombone, places great emphasis on virtuosity and reaches out in the direction of jazz. Here performed in the composer's own chamber version (for the first time available on disc), this virtuoso composition also provides variety in terms of sound as it includes marimba, percussion and violin as well as piano.
 
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  Composer: Audience
  Applause 01:10
01 Applause 00:11 $ 0.04 USD
 
 
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  Vier ernste Gesänge, Op.121 for bass trombone and piano 15:04
02 1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh 03:48 $ 0.80 USD
03 2. Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle 03:25 $ 0.72 USD
04 3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du 02:41 $ 0.56 USD
05 4. Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelszungen redete 05:10 $ 1.09 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sulek, Stjepan
  Sonata ‘Vox Gabrieli’ for trombone and piano
06 Sonata ‘Vox Gabrieli’ for trombone and piano 07:40 $ 1.61 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lebedev, Alexei
  Concerto No. 1 for bass trombone and piano
07 Concerto No. 1 for bass trombone and piano 07:20 $ 1.54 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schnyder, Daniel
  subZERO – concerto for bass trombone; Version for bass
trombone, piano, percussion and violin
19:07
08 I. subZERO 08:39 $ 1.82 USD
09 II. Sama’i Thaqil 07:25 $ 1.56 USD
10 III. ZOOM OUT 03:03 $ 0.64 USD
 
 
  Composer: Audience
  Applause 01:10
11 Applause 00:59 $ 0.21 USD
 
 
  Composer: Sandström, Jan
  Song to Lotta
12 Song to Lotta 04:24 $ 0.92 USD
 
  Album total 54:45
ComposerAudience
Brahms, Johannes
Lebedev, Alexei
Sandström, Jan
Schnyder, Daniel
Sulek, Stjepan
PianoSawano, Tomoko
Bass tromboneSchulz, Stefan
MarimbaSchneider, Maria
PercussionSulzberger, Julian
ViolinIvic, Aleksandar

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