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Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, July 2016

…[disc] features the horn stylings of the acclaimed trumpet virtuoso Gerard Schwarz and pianist Kun Woo Paik. The recording itself was made in 1971 during a concert in New York that highlighted Schwarz’s impeccable technique and Paik’s steady accompaniment. …‘Légende’ is particularly lovely, with a gentle meditative opening, yielding soft trumpet passages and a complex, yet seamlessly played piano part. © 2016 Scene Magazine Read complete review



Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, May 2016

…wonderful playing of terrific pieces that are repertory favorites… © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, April 2016

The heraldic character of the trumpet is put to brilliant use in such pieces as Arthur Honegger’s Intrada and André Jolivet’s Air de bravoure, while Henri Senée’s three-movement Concertino is a charmer, especially in a finale of lilting grace. More than a little whimsy is packed into Eugène Bozza’s Caprice and Claude Pascal’s Capriccio, as their titles imply.

Schwarz makes the most of these Gallic morsels, playing with refined and limber stylishness. He is fortunate to be paired with a pianist of equally tasteful artistry, Kun Woo Paik, a high-school chum who also went on to a noteworthy career. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Dan Morgan
Scene Magazine, March 2016

‘Légende’ is particularly lovely, with a gentle meditative opening, yielding soft trumpet passages and a complex, yet seamlessly played piano part. © 2016 Scene Magazine Read complete review



Roger Knox
The WholeNote, February 2016

The recording opens with Arthur Honegger’s Intrada, a staple of the trumpet repertoire in which Schwarz demonstrates excellent tone and technique. George Enescu’s Légende is the disc’s highlight for me. Well-known as a virtuoso violinist, Enescu remains underrated in composition… The work’s originality shows in an atmospheric and meditative opening, soft trumpet filigree passages, and a complex yet effective piano part. …I particularly like Senée’s composition for the cornet, especially the Romance movement, whose attractive melody is capped with a sudden pianissimo climax that Schwarz achieves impeccably. © 2016 The Wholenote Read complete review



Wai Kit Leung
MusicWeb International, February 2016

On this recording, the sound of the trumpet dominates that of the piano. …Schwarz gives a solid performance, although you would not confuse the playing with that of Maurice André. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Infodad.com, February 2016

The highlight of the disc is an absolutely first-rate performance of Ives’ Symphony No. 4, one of his grandest, strangest and most confusing works, in which the ultra-radical and ultra-conservative sides of his output are displayed distinctly and clearly in succeeding movements.

…the orchestra’s playing is at a very high level, and the disc as a whole is a wonderful reminder—one among many—of just how much Ives still has to say and just how intriguing it can be to listen to him saying it. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review





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