Required recordings, fall 2010

August 16, 2010

A new semester is starting, and my university students have new required recordings.

There are a number of criteria that go into these selections, but I mentioned one in particular back in the spring:

So far my two-semester tally, selecting recordings for four different instruments, is six white men and two white women. I’d like to improve on that in the future, though I do think that, ultimately, what comes through the earphones is more central to this project than the colors or genders represented on the CD covers.

I think I did manage to pick out two this semester that add a little diversity, and certainly without compromising one bit on quality: my oboe students are getting a fine recording by Brazilian oboist Alex Klein, and the saxophonists will be enjoying a new release by African-American saxophonist (and one of my teachers) Otis Murphy. On the other hand, I did end up with all men this time around.

One other victory this semester is that all these recordings are available for download on iTunes. I still like having the CD myself, but iTunes is a convenient and, more importantly, economical option for my students.

Here are the selections:

Oboe: Alex Klein, Oboe Concertos of the Classical Era

Find it on: iTunes | Amazon

Repertoire: Krommer Concertos, Hummel Introduction, Theme, and Variations

Clarinet: David Shifrin, Brahms/Schumann Soirée

Find it on: iTunes | Amazon

Repertoire: Brahms Sonatas, Schumann Fantasiestücke

Bassoon: Frank Morelli, Baroque Fireworks

Find it on: iTunes | Amazon

Repertoire: Zelenka Trio Sonata, Vivaldi Sonatas in B-flat major and A minor, Telemann Sonata and Quartet

Saxophone: Otis Murphy, Fantasy

Find it on: iTunes

Repertoire: Maslanka Sonata, Bozza Aria, Tomasi Ballade, transcriptions of Bizet, Saint-Saëns, and Narita.

Comments

  1. Adam

    Hi Bret – David Shifrin’s recording of the Brahms’ Sonatas is really nice. It’s in my collection. However, take a listen to Jon Manasse and John Nakematsu’s recording as well. They have a really nice sense of pulse and rubato.

    Recent blog post: New York Counterpoint – Part 1 The Setup (August 12, 2010)

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    • Bret Pimentel (Your host)

      Thanks for the recommendation! I have some Jon Manasse in my collection (Mozart/Nielsen/Copland) but I’m not (yet) familiar with his Brahms recording.

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  2. Timothy Owen

    I know I’m a late-comer to the discussion, but I thought you may want to include some of Kenneth Tse’s recordings in future lists. Thanks for all you do to disseminate useful information!

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    • Bret Pimentel (Your host)

      Great suggestion—I’ve got Kenneth Tse on my list for possible future required recordings for my saxophone students.

      Latecomers are welcome!

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