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Copenhagen Recital - original works & transcriptions by Lebedev, Telemann, Schumann, Borch, Hyldgaard, Schnyder / Stefan Schulz, bass trombone; Saori Tomidokoro, piano

Album Summary

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
>Glinka, Mikhail : Do not tempt me needlessly (Ne iskushay menya bez nuzhdï), elegy for voice & piano, G. x2
>Dargomizhsky, Alexander : I Am Sad ("Mne grustno"), for voice & piano
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 38
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
>Le, Alexei Konstantinovich : Concert Allegro, for tuba
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Sonata for bassoon (or recorder) & continuo in F minor (GMM no 36), TWV 41
>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
>Schnyder, Daniel : Winter 1941, for bass trombone & piano
>Hyldgaard, Soren : Concerto Borealis, for trombone & orchestra
>Borch, Thora : Skyerne gråne
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Notes & Reviews:

Berlin Philharmonic bass trombone player Stefan Schulz is one of the foremost exponents of his instrument. His second BIS disc, Copenhagen Recital, opens with a quartet of Russian songs, exposing the yearning, melancholic side and melodic potential of an instrument usually associated with music of a more overpowering nature. What follows is a varied program, taking in Telemann's F minor Sonata, Robert Schumann, Lebedev's Concert Allegro, works by two living composers, Daniel Schnyder and Søren Hyldgaard, and encoring with an arrangement of Thora Borch's 1866 song The Sky Darkens.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
Schulz's artistry on bass trombone offers lyrical beauty, aggressive gurgling, and explores the sonic equivalent of the ocean floor.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Berlin Philharmonic bass trombonist Stefan Schulz (Jan/Feb 2012) opens this 2012 recital with songs by the Russian composers Glinka ('Do Not Tempt Me'), Dargomizhsky ('I am Sad'), and Tchaikovsky ('In the Din of the Ball' & 'None but the Lonely Heart'). It is a moody way to begin, the velvet of Schulz's tone never changing until the biggest moment of the last song. Songs are much more interesting sung than played, even by one of the best bass trombonists in the world. Alexei Lebedev's Concert Allegro, originally for tuba, sounds terrific here - and every now and then we can hear a welcome bit of brass in Schulz's velvety tone. In Telemann's Sonata in F minor, originally for bassoon (or recorder), that sound is appropriate. Its slow movements are thoughtful and melancholy. Pensive moments are heard in the fast ones, too, but their tempos are quick - remarkably quick for trombone. IV is a sprint - very impressive. Daniel Schnyder's little 2-minute 'Winter 1941' is from a score for a silent film. Schulz's big, warm, beautiful tone is a significant asset, and the high-register show-off moments aren't so high and don't seem so blatant. And both Schulz and pianist Saori Tomidokoro give the work a heartfelt reading.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 4, DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen (11/05/2012).



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Works Details

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Glinka, Mikhail : Do not tempt me needlessly (Ne iskushay menya bez nuzhdï), elegy for voice & piano, G. x2
  • Performers: Stefan Schulz; Saori Tomidokoro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Dargomizhsky, Alexander : I Am Sad ("Mne grustno"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stefan Schulz; Saori Tomidokoro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 38
  • Performers: Stefan Schulz; Saori Tomidokoro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
  • Performers: Stefan Schulz; Saori Tomidokoro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Le, Alexei Konstantinovich : Concert Allegro, for tuba
  • Performers: Stefan Schulz; Saori Tomidokoro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Sonata for bassoon (or recorder) & continuo in F minor (GMM no 36), TWV 41 :: f1
  • Performers: Stefan Schulz; Saori Tomidokoro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1728

>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
  • Performers: Stefan Schulz; Saori Tomidokoro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schnyder, Daniel : Winter 1941, for bass trombone & piano
  • Performers: Stefan Schulz; Saori Tomidokoro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hyldgaard, Soren : Concerto Borealis, for trombone & orchestra
  • Performers: Stefan Schulz; Saori Tomidokoro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Borch, Thora : Skyerne gråne
  • Performers: Stefan Schulz; Saori Tomidokoro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic