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CRISTAL - Glass Music Through the Ages / Ronstadt, James

Album Summary

>Dennis James / Amy Crocke : Irish Lullaby, arranged for seraphim & chamber ensemble
>Eister, Garry : Quintet for Glass & Strings
>Apell, David August von : Non temere alma immortale
>Schmittbaur, Joseph A. : Allegro for armonica (glass harmonica)
>Schnaubelt, Fred : Caprice
>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Schultz, Johann : Largo in G minor for armonica (glass harmonica)
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Il Pompeo
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica, Flute, Oboe, Viola and Cello in C minor, K 617
>Hasse, Johann A. : L' Armonica, cantata for soprano, glass harmonica & orchestra
>Schnaubelt, Fred : Petite Impression for Glass harp
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Cristal is an excellent and original recording. This is a disc that is fresh and exciting. Its brilliance comes through from the first piece right through to the last. Cristal, subtitled "Glass Music Through the Ages," is a unique recording that features Linda Ronstadt with glass virtuoso Dennis James. This recording showcases a variety of different moods, but the glass harmonica and the crystal baschet have lush and serenely sweet sounds that bring the pieces to life while also letting them settle in the background. Cristal features a variety of performers, including the Emerson String Quartet and Ruth Ann Swenson. The recording also features original glass music by Mozart, Beethoven, C.P.E. Bach, and Purcell. For fans of ethereal music, particularly space and new age music, this is an excellent find. Fans of classical and more mainstream music will also find this recording to be exceptionally refreshing. Overall, this is a fantastic work and one that belongs in any music lover's collection. ~ Matt Borghi



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>Dennis James / Amy Crocke : Irish Lullaby, arranged for seraphim & chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Marcia Dickstein (Harp); John Ellis (Oboe); Julie Gigante (Violin); Simon Oswell (Viola); David Shostac (Flute); Sebastian Toettcher (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.

>Eister, Garry : Quintet for Glass & Strings
  • Performer: Organ] Dennis James [Glass Harmonica (Harmonica)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Apell, David August von : Non temere alma immortale
  • Performers: Organ] Dennis James [Glass Harmonica (Harmonica); Marcia Dickstein (Harp); Michael Horton (Tenor); Linda Ronstadt (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Schmittbaur, Joseph A. : Allegro for armonica (glass harmonica)
  • Performer: Organ] Dennis James [Glass Harmonica (Harmonica)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Schnaubelt, Fred : Caprice
  • Performers: John Ellis (Oboe); Simon Oswell (Viola); David Shostac (Flute); Sebastian Toettcher (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Performers: Gary Bovyer (Clarinet); Julie Gigante (Violin); Roland Kato (Viola); Teri Koide (Voice); Virenia Lind (Voice); Simon Oswell (Viola); Sara Parkins (Violin); Leslie Reed (Oboe); Linda Ronstadt (Soprano); Geri Rotella (Flute); Leslie Sabedra (Alto); Ruth Swenson (Soprano); Sebastian Toettcher (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Schultz, Johann : Largo in G minor for armonica (glass harmonica)
  • Performer: Organ] Dennis James [Glass Harmonica (Harmonica)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Il Pompeo :: O cessate di piagarmi
  • Performers: Organ] Dennis James [Glass Harmonica (Harmonica); Linda Ronstadt (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica, Flute, Oboe, Viola and Cello in C minor, K 617
  • Performer: Organ] Dennis James [Glass Harmonica (Harmonica)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica, Flute, Oboe, Viola and Cello in C minor, K 617
  • Performer: Organ] Dennis James [Glass Harmonica (Harmonica)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1791

>Hasse, Johann A. : L' Armonica, cantata for soprano, glass harmonica & orchestra :: Récit Accompagné - Adagio
  • Performers: Organ] Dennis James [Glass Harmonica (Harmonica); Veronique Dietschy
  • Conductor: Daniel Cuiller
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Stradivaria
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Hasse, Johann A. : L' Armonica, cantata for soprano, glass harmonica & orchestra :: Air - Andantino
  • Performers: Organ] Dennis James [Glass Harmonica (Harmonica); Veronique Dietschy
  • Conductor: Daniel Cuiller
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Stradivaria
  • Running Time: 11 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schnaubelt, Fred : Petite Impression for Glass harp
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern