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Volume 4 in the Society of Composers series, features chamber music by Martin Rokeach, Allen Brings, Cynthia Folio, and John Davison.

Compositions: Rokeach - Sonata for violin and piano; Brings - Duo Concertante for cello and piano; Folio - Developing Hues for flute and bass clarinet; Davison - Sonata Pastorale for flute, cello and piano.



Tower Brass Quintet: At Play

A selection of traditional and contemporary music for brass quintet brilliantly played by the Tower Brass Quintet: Timothy McFadden and Brian Bushong, trumpets; Bernice Schwartz, horn; Jeff Ballast, trombone; and David Saygers, tuba and bass trombone.

Compositions: Jan Koetsier - Kinderzirkus; Frigyes Hidas - Jatek; George Gershwin - Three Preludes (arr. Saygers), Suite from "Porgy and Bess" (arr. Jack Gale); plus music by J.S. Bach, Reiche, LeJeune, Marenzio, and Lully.




"America Sings!"

The third release in the Society of Composers series features compositions for voice and various instruments by Diane Thome, Joelle Wallach, Gregoria Karides Suchy, George Belden, and Elizabeth Vercoe.

Compositions: Thome - Three Psalms for chorus and instrumental ensemble; Mourning Madrigals for soprano, tenor, flute and harp; Suchy - Twelve Greek Maxims for soprano and piano; Belden - Gilgamesh for contralto, piano and percussion; Vercoe - Herstory II for soprano and piano.

"The five works are solidly crafted..the contrasts between them... make for an attractive air." - Fanfare



Britton Theuer: Fantasie

Features trumpeter Britton Theuer in works by Gary Smart, Salvador Brotons, Elliott Schwartz, and Theuer. Joining Theuer are Stephen Jones, trumpet; Gary Smart and Elliott Schwartz, piano; Marilyn Smart, soprano; Steve Barnhart, percussion; and the Franciscan Quartet.

Compositions: Theuer - Feste for two trumpets, Fantasia for trumpet and piano; Smart - Trumpeter Swan for string quartet and trumpet, Fanfare, Invocation and Alleluia for trumpet, soprano and piano; Brotons - Trumpet Capdccio for trumpet and electronic digital delay, Sonata da Concerto for trumpet and piano; Schwartz - Sinfonia Juxta for two trumpets, piano and percussion.

"A trumpeter of considerable gifts.... makes a particularly impressive showing." - Fanfare




Shadows: Music of Bruce P. Mahin

Five works by Bruce P. Mahin performed by Elizabeth Curtis, soprano; Al Wojtera, vibraphone and percussion; Caryl Conger, piano; Adam Mahonske, piano; Mark Lortz and Kujit Rehncy, percussion; David Shumway, cello.

Compositions: Shadows for soprano, percussion, piano, and computer; Of Mice and Men for vibraphone and computer; Impressions: Fear for piano; Rituals for two percussionists and quadraphonic tape; Cyclic Maneuvers for cello and tape.



Music of Robert Baksa

This is the second recording featuring works by Robert Baksa performed by Bert Lucarelli, oboe; Naoko Tanaka and Masako Yanagita, violins; Susan Winterbottom, viola; Ted Hoyle, cello; Michael Fardink, piano; Jerome Bunke, clarinet.

Compositions: Quintet for Oboe and Strings; Twelve Bagatelles for piano; Overture for Clarinet.

"Charming...highly engaging....Excellent performances by various artists." - Turok's Choice





Second in the series of recordings featuring works of members of the Society of Composers, Inc. A variety of styles and media are represented, performed by new music specialists.

Compositions: Emmanuel Ghent - Five Brass Voices; Victor Saucedo Tecayehuatzin - Fluxions; John White - Sonata for violoncello and piano; Leo Kraft - Second Fantasy for flute and piano; Elliot Schwartz - Reading Session for clarinet and piano.

"The variety of pieces...and the excellent performances...made this CD worth listening to." - Living Music



Music of Robert Baksa

The Virtuosi Quintet performs works of Robert Baksa.

Compositions: Flute Sonata; Woodwind Quintet No. 1; Quartet for Piano and Winds

"Baksa's strengths are transparent textures, ingratiating melodies, and a certain artistic sincerity - there's nothing gimmicky or self-conscious about his stuff " - American Record Guide




Electric Clarinet

F. Gerard Errante and Burton Beerman perform their own works for electronically-extended clarinet and those by Jane Brockman, Thea Musgrave, and Vladimir Ussachevsky.

Compositions: Brockman - Ningana; Beerman - Masks; Moondance; Wind Whispers, Sounds and Shouts; Ussachevsky - Four Studies for Clarinet and EVI; Musgrave - Narcissus; Errante - Elegy for Gilda

"If there is any hope for contemporary music, it is because of albums like this. " - Fanfare

"This is...music that manages to retain an artistic integrity while at once being truly entertaining. This is no small feat. " - Fanfare



"View from the Keyboard"

The first of a series of recordings featuring works by members of the Society of Composers, Inc. A View from the Keyboard features piano works by John A. Lennon, Raoul Pleskow, Hilary Tann, and six others.

Compositions: Vincent McDermott - Magic Ground; William Matthews - Ferns; Edward Mattila - Six Little Arrays; Thomas Benjamin - That Old Second-Viennese School Rag; Carlton Gamer -Piano Raga Music; John A. Lennon - Death Angel; Hilary Tann -Dopplegaenger; Raoul Pleskow - Caprice; Arthur Digby Kurtz - Six Preludes on Ostinato Basses and Ornamentations.

(SCI CD No. 1)



Hindemith und Seine Fruende
Hindemith and His Friends)

Flutist Judith Bentley and pianist Robert Spano perform Paul Hindemith's Sonate and Acht Stueke for flute and piano, as well as works by his students Cesar Bresgen, Gunter Raphael, and Harald Genzmer in premiere recordings.

Compositions: Hindemith - Sonate for flute and piano, Acht Stueke for flute and piano; Bresgen - Sonate for flute and piano; Gunter Raphael - Sonata No.1 for solo flute; Harald Genzmer - Sonate No.2 for flute and piano.

"[Flutist Judith Bentley] plays marvelously....Highly recommended." - Fanfare



Contemporary Clarinet

Features clarinetist F. Gerard Errante in works for clarinet and tape, with Lee Jordan Anders,* piano.

Compositions: Jon Appleton - Endless Melody; F. Gerard Errante - Another Look at October; William O. Smith - Asana; Adolphus Hailstork - A Simple Caprice;* Roger Greive - Clarinet Chromatron. Available in LP format only.

"A well-deserved bravo...." - NACWPI Journal




New Music Festival: Virtuosi

A selection from the Annual New Music and Art Festivals at Bowling Green State University (OH), featuring composers Eugene O'Brien, Allan Schindler, Ramon Zupko, and William Albright.

Performers: Paul Makara, violin; Robert Spano, piano and conductor; Paul Hunt, trombone; John Sampen, saxophone; and Marilyn Shrude, piano.

Compositions: O'Brien - Taking Measures for violin and chamber ensemble; Schindler - Eternal Winter for computer-generated tape and trombone; Zupko - Fluxus II for piano; Al bright - Sonata for saxophone and piano.

"This CD is to be heard as soon as possible." -Saxophone Journal



Music for Piano and Tape

Presents pianist Jerome Reed in works by Michael Horvit, Elizabeth Scheidel, Mark Putnam, Burton Beerman, and Charles Bestor.

Compositions: Horvit - Antiphon Ill; Scheidel - Klavier Double; Putnam - Maelstrom Empyreal; Beerman - Romance; Bestor - The Second Moon of Venus. Available in LP format only.





Music Visions

Features works by Reynold Weidenaar and Richard Brooks performed by Weidenaar and clarinetist F. Gerard Errante as the duo Clarion Synthesis, the Memphis Woodwind Quintet, and by the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Gary Werdesheim.

Compositions: Weidenaar - Twilight Flight; Close Harmony; lmprint; Fooffalls to Return; Night Flame Rituals. Brooks - Prelude and Lament for woodwind quintet; Suite for Percussion. Available in LP format only.

"Fine performances... .Highly recommended...." - Contemporary Record Society


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