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'Radiance': Barber Three Songs

Magazine article Gramophone

'Radiance': Barber Three Songs

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'Radiance'

Barber Three Songs, Op 10 (a) Hallman Trumpet Sonata (a) D Ludwig Radiance (b) McMichael Totem Voices (a) J Stephenson 'Croatian' Trio (c) Turrin Arabesque (d). Escapade3. Fandango (e) Mary Elizabeth Bowden tpts (c) Mercedes Smith fl (d) David Bilger tpt (e) Zenas Kim-Banther tbn (b) Zoe Martin-Doike, (b) Miho Saegusa vns (b) Trank Shaw va (b) Jiyoung Lee vc (b) Edward Paulsen db (ad) Alexandra Carlson, (ce) Milana Strezeva pf

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Partnered in various configurations by pianist Alexandra Carlson and other friends, Mary Elizabeth Bowden makes a pitch for the trumpeter and piccolo trumpeter crowd with her debut CD. Although it's mostly repertoire that only a trumpet player could truly, profoundly and deeply love, it is splendidly played and, except for Samuel Barber's Three Songs, Op 10, entirely by 'living, working' American composers.

The best is James Stephenson's erratically stylish, 13-minute Croatian Trio, written for the annual brass festival in Velika Gorica, south of Zagreb, in which Bowden, flautist Mercedes Smith and pianist Milana Strezeva hang with cool, indivisibly classical/jazz sounds. …

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