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Eric Ewazen (b.1954): Chamber Music for Bass Trombone / Yossi Itskovich, bass trombone with assisting artists

Album Summary

>Ewazen, Eric : Quintet for bass trombone & strings
>Ewazen, Eric : Trio for trombone, bass trombone & piano
>Ewazen, Eric : Trio for horn, bass trombone & piano
>Ewazen, Eric : Concerto for trombone & piano
>Ewazen, Eric : Pastorale for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer Eric Ewazen is a master at showcasing brass instruments as this collection of works for bass trombone demonstrates. A faculty member at Juilliard, Ewazen has been a guest at more than 100 universities and colleges around the world and is the recipient of numerous composition awards, prizes and commissions. Bass trombonist Yossi Itskovich joined the Haifa Symphony at age 16, attended Juilliard and in 1998 was engaged as the bass trombonist for the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. He is joined by his colleagues from the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in this recording of Ewazen's music.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Members of the Tenerife (Canary Islands) Symphony in bass trombone pieces by the prolific American composer Eric Ewazen (b 1954). Best known are the 'Ballade' (bass trombone and piano) and the 'Pastorale' (trumpet, bass trombone, piano). Also included are a Quintet for bass trombone and strings; Trio for tenor and bass trombones with piano; and Trio for horn, bass trombone, and piano. If you have heard Ewazen's music you know how these pieces sound. If you haven't, they are rhythmically driven and harmonically organized, completely tonal with frequent harmonic surprises, and with melodies that tend to be generated by the harmonies. Ewazen's works always seem full-length; he is not short-winded. Yossi Itzkovich has a big and very dark bass trombone tone, and his technical skills are excellent. The composer is the fine pianist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna Concert Hall (2014).



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Works Details

>Ewazen, Eric : Quintet for bass trombone & strings
  • Performers: Sviatoslav Belonogov (Viola); Eduardo Cavani (Violin); Juan Gómez (Violin); Yossi Itskovich; Gabrielle Zanetti (Cello)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1996

>Ewazen, Eric : Trio for trombone, bass trombone & piano
  • Performers: Dede Decker; Eric Ewazen (Piano); Yossi Itskovich
  • Running Time: 18 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Ewazen, Eric : Trio for horn, bass trombone & piano
  • Performers: Eric Ewazen (Piano); Inez Gonzales (Horn); Yossi Itskovich
  • Running Time: 17 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Ewazen, Eric : Concerto for trombone & piano
  • Performers: Eric Ewazen (Piano); Yossi Itskovich
  • Running Time: 12 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Ewazen, Eric : Pastorale for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano
  • Performers: Eric Ewazen (Piano); Yossi Itskovich; Ingrid Rebstock (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996