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Sonatas For Trumpet

by James Darling

The New York Times calls James Darling (long time member of The Cleveland Orchestra) \"a tastefully circumspect musician who cultivates a full-bodied tone, always precisely in tune:played with a beguiling variety of nuance that was flawlessly executed.\"
Genre: Classical: Twentieth Century
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Air de bravoure
1:21 $0.99
2. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano: I. Allegro moderato
6:29 $0.99
3. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano: II. Adagio tenero
6:02 $0.99
4. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano: III. Allegro
3:54 $0.99
5. Impromptu pour Trompette et Piano
2:08 $0.99
6. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano: I. With strength and vigor
5:58 $0.99
7. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano: II. Rather slowly and with freedom
4:03 $0.99
8. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano: III. Moderately fast, with energy
4:31 $0.99
9. Sonatine fur C-Trompete und Klavier: I.Bewegt
2:59 $0.99
10. Sonatine fur C-Trompete und Klavier: II. Langsame Achtel
2:44 $0.99
11. Sonatine fur C-Trompete und Klavier: III. Rondo:Ziemlich lebhaft
2:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
James Darling, a long time member of The Cleveland Orchestra Trumpet Section recorded this classic album in 1973. This historic CD represents the best of the contemporary literature for trumpet and piano; and each of the compositions was originally written for this combination. Included with the CD are all of the original album notes, plus extremely interesting and never before published excerpts of letters from Kent Kennan to Jim Darling.

Ibert and Kennan are winners of the Prix de Rome; the Stevens is a well known and frequently performed Sonata; Air de bravoure is a short, vibrant work by Jolivet, well known for his two Concerti for Trumpet; while the Sonatina is by Bertold Hummel, the great, great, grandson of Johann Nepomuk Hummel.

James Darling was a member of The Cleveland Orchestra from 1973 until his retirement in 2005. He was Professor of Trumpet at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music from 1969 to 2002, teaching trumpet, conducting the Brass Choir, and performing as first trumpet in the Faculty Brass Quintet. He also served on the faculty of The Cleveland Institute of Music from 1988 to 2004; The Oberlin Conservatory of Music for two years; and The New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Jim earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kentucky, the Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois, The Doctoral Equivalency from Baldwin-Wallace College; and studied with Glenn Immegart, Herbert Tiemeyer, Bernard Fitzgerald, Jack Hyatt, Haskell Sexton, and Adolph Herseth.

His commitment and dedication to teaching has resulted in his students becoming members of the orchestras of Atlanta, Buffalo, Charlotte, Charleston, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Sarasota. Other students have also become influential performers, educators, conductors, and administrators at many colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, and San Francisco Opera include members who studied primarily with others but did additional study with Mr. Darling.

James has presented numerous master classes at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., as well as coaching and conducting brass ensembles.

Several of the selections on this CD, performed on a Carnegie Recital Hall debut, prompted Peter G. Davis of the New York Times to comment:\"...James Darling is a tastefully circumspect musician. He cultivates a fullbodied tone, always precisely in tune...played with a beguiling variety of nuance that was flawlessly executed.\"

Genevieve Sidoti is the excellent pianist heard on this recording, as well as collaborator on the New York recital. Genevieve specialized in the instrumental sonata and concerto literature, and was a recipient of several scholarships and awards. Her teachers include Eugene Mancini, Ruth Edwards, James Smolko, and Arthur Loesser.

This CD, unavailable since the 1980\'s, was carefully produced using the original master tapes insuring a clear, accurate, and undistorted sound.




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Joel Sarich

\"Trumpeter Fantastique!\"
I\'m so happy to see this recording back on the market! The reissue will give a new generation of trumpet players a chance to hear pure artistry at its best! I have known Jim Darliing for 39 years, as my teacher and good friend. I will treasure this recording, as I do my original vinyl. This CD is a MUST for all musicians and lovers of fine music, not just trumpet players! Congratulations, JD!

Bryan Appleby-Wineberg

What a great person, teacher, and player!
Wonderful to see so many old friends writing reviews of JD's recording. This really is a "must have" for all of us. When I studied with JD the original LP wasn't available anymore but I found it in our school library.

I can't wait to make my whole studio sit down and listen.

I actually teach with another JD student, Bob Earley (2nd tpt. of the Philly Orchestra). We both have such fond memories.

Bryan A-W
Rowan University

Judson Scott

When I applied to colleges in the late 70's, this recording made my decision for me--I didn't even finish the application process at other schools, I knew that I had to study with Jim Darling. In this recording, JD brings a light elegance and clarity of musical diction to his performance that is hard to find on any instrument. Hearing this recording again after so many years reminds me how right my decision to be his student was.

Thanks JD

Susan Sievert Messersmith

Those of us who were never fortunate enough to own a copy of the LP have been hoping for years for JD to release this on CD! (Thank you!)
I was a student of Jim’s in the 80s, and we have remained good friends ever since. His words echo in my head on a regular basis. I am so pleased that now my own students (his grand-students?) can also hear why he was such an outstanding teacher. No wonder his students have had such terrific track records, with a mentor like that! The clarity and consistency of articulation, the gorgeous sound throughout all registers, and the sheer musicianship - - these are qualities we all strive for daily and it is a pleasure to listen again to the complete package that JD delivers. The selections on the recording continue to be standards of the repertoire, and the performances on this CD can easily compete with all contemporary performers’ recordings. Every educator and performer should have this disc in his or her music library.

Joel Treybig

I have been waiting for this recording to be re-released on CD for years, and the wait was worth it! I first heard the record in the mid-80's as an undergraduate student, at which time it left such a strong impression on me that I've regularly kept an eye open for it on CD ever since. Jim Darling's playing is remarkable - both beautiful and strong. He also approaches these selections from the 1950's and 1960's as chamber music (which they are) and treats them with artistic sensitivity. Recordings of the Ibert "Impromptu" and the Bertold Hummel "Sonatine" were hard to find at the time that this record was made, and they and the rest of the selections have not only stood the test of time, they are still truly stand-out performances by exemplary musicians. This is excellent music, sublimely performed!

Douglas lindsay

Landmark Recording finally resurrected!
Listening to this CD took me back to the 1980's when I was a student and would listen to every trumpet recording available. I remember hearing this album and thinking to myself how different it was from all the others. As can be seen by the letters from Kent Kennan in the liner notes, James takes this whole trumpet music stuff very seriously, as it should be. You will find no transcriptions here, only music that stands quite elegantly on it's own. This is the kind of recording that elevates trumpet playing as did so many of Maurice Andre's groundbreaking recordings. James has recorded music that is not ear candy but rather art that will challenge the mind and soul. These are the recordings that we need more of. These are the teachers and performers that we need more of!

James Ackley

I am SO happy to see this recording re-released on CD. I too was a student under Mr. D and this recording had such an impact on me and my progress as both a trumpet player and a musician, particularly the latter. I remember playing to this recording everyday during a summer - I learned the entire CD, playing along with Mr. D. That summer I saw the most improvement I have ever seen in my playing. What thrill to have a copy of this CD. Now, its back feeling like a student again and playing along with Mr. D!! Highly recommended.

Paul James

A absolute amazing CD. Beautifully played. In my opinion should be required material by all professors and teachers for their students.

Teppei Suzuki

Out to the World!
Thank you Jim!
So many people including my-self were waiting so many years for this CD to be re-released!
This brings me back great memories of being a student of Jim at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
It is no need to explain how good this album is. I hope many people not just in the United States but all over the world listen to this and I know that every one of them enjoy it every much! This album needs to be out to the world! My job is to introduce this CD as much as possible in Japan!!!
Again, thank you Jim and congratulations!!!

Charles Couch

It's About Time
It was my great pleasure and privilege to be a colleague of Jim Darling for thirty seasons in the trumpet section of the Cleveland Orchestra. I remember well when this album came out on vinyl, first on the Advent, and then on the the Telarc label. Since that time, it has been unavailable for far too long. With this reissue, a new generation of trumpet aficionados will have access to these classic performances. Recorded with a natural, concert hall balance (and prior to the days of digital editing!), these works are played with a beautiful sound, technical security that seems almost nonchalant, and with genuine expression. I treasure my copy (my LPs are wearing out) and recommend this CD not just to the trumpet community, but to all lovers of beautifully played chamber works.
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