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Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, April 2013

Whether it’s heard in big band, jazz or concert music, the trumpet’s bright timbre has become a symbol for the optimism and possibility at the heart of the American dream. Such is the inspiration behind this recent Naxos compilation, all of which prominently feature the trumpet. It’s an appropriate choice…Many pieces on this CD—including the invocation from the Dance Suite for Trumpet and String Orchestra by Robert Starer and David Froom’s Serenade for Trumpet and Strings—were written especially for acclaimed trumpet soloist Jeffery Silberschlag, whose instrumental virtuosity enlivens every track on this recording. Golden. © 2013 Scene Magazine Read complete review

Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, March 2013

Sondheim’s fascinating music is given lots of color…with Silberschlag’s use of mutes and McKinley’s scoring for trumpet with xylophone, harp, and strings. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2012

Called ‘The American Trumpet’, the disc showcases, Jeffrey Silberschlag, one of America’s leading trumpet exponents playing mainly 20th century American music. Though trained in Europe, Leo Eylar, was born in Los Angeles in 1958, and has worked for most of his life teaching in major music colleges. His Dance Suite, composed for the disc’s soloist, comes in three contrasting movements written in a pleasing tonal idiom. We move to atonality for Enigma-Release the central part of a much larger work by Steven Rouse for trumpet and piano and here orchestrated for Silberschlag. The one ‘stranger’ is the Austrian Robert Starer who did spend much of his life teaching in the States, his music treading that ground that bridges the gap between the Second Viennese School and mainstream late 20th century, Invocation composed in 1962 for television to mark a Jewish Holy Day. Something in lighter mood with two extracts from Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Sweeney Todd adapted for trumpet and orchestra. Notturno may not be the piece you expect: the scene is Madrid from mid-afternoon with plenty of bustle, the work ending the peace of night. Modern sounds from John Carbon that continue in a more melodic way for William McKinley’s Miniature Portraits, the eight pictures of unspecified people, the work originally for trumpet and bassoon now having a string orchestra participation. Finally an abstract sounding Serenade from David Froom composed for Silberschlag. Born in 1951, he studied in the UK for a while with Alexander Goehr who seems to have been a large influence. I will gladly take these performances recorded in 1994 as being benchmark as most of the works have involved Silberschlag. The orchestra is good and the unfussy sound is pleasing. It was for a time available on the Delos International label. © 2012 David’s Review Corner, November 2012

The works on a Naxos CD called The American Trumpet are mostly short, and they are varied enough so the disc will be of interest primarily to lovers of the instrument’s sound and of modern American classical composers…He is heard here in two Sweeney Todd excerpts from 1979, arranged by Jeffrey Silberschlag and orchestrated by William Thomas McKinley, himself represented by the interesting and witty Miniature Portraits…Silberschlag is not only the soloist but also the dedicatee of a number of these pieces, and the fact that conductor Gerard Schwarz is himself a trumpeter guarantees idiomatic and ebullient performances throughout. Also here are Invocation…by Robert Starer and the warm and attractive Notturno…by John Carbon. This is a mixed bag of music…but it is all very well played and constitutes an enjoyable survey of some American composers’ recent thinking about the trumpet. © 2012 Read complete review

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