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Velvet - Works For Tuba / Velvet Brown


Release Date: 06/29/1999 
Label:  Crystal   Catalog #: 692   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jacques CastérèdeGeorge Frideric HandelJan KoetsierBruce Broughton,   ... 
Performer:  Velvet BrownRoberto ArosioDavid GarciaFabio Costa,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The literature for solo tuba is at best, scant. The stereotypical image of the unwieldy instrument emitting sepulchral sounds is difficult to dismiss. Until now. Velvet Brown is professor of tuba at the Bowling Green State University in Ohio and this recital recording, simply titled VELVET is a stunner. Brown is accompanied by pianist Roberto Arosio in a program that presents works both familiar and obscure. Brown opens the recital with the "Sonatine pour tuba et piano" by contemporary French composer Jacques Castérède. The work is filled with Poulenc-like charm and is a showcase for Brown's superb legato playing, especially in the dreamy second movement. The recording also shows off Brown's skill as an arranger with her settings of music Read more by Handel and Herbert L. Clarke. Most memorable are her arrangements for tuba and trombone quartet of 'Four Negro Spirituals.' The interplay of brass instruments is thrilling and Brown plays the melody line with astounding skill and dexterity. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonatine for Tuba and Piano by Jacques Castérède
Performer:  Velvet Brown (Tuba), Roberto Arosio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  S. Angiolo Vico, Mercatale, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2. Acis and Galatea, HWV 49: Oh, didst thou know...As when the dove by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Velvet Brown (Tuba), Roberto Arosio (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1718/1736; London, England 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  S. Angiolo Vico, Mercatale, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Velvet Brown 
3. Concertino for Tuba and Strings, Op. 77 by Jan Koetsier
Performer:  Velvet Brown (Tuba), Roberto Arosio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978/1982 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  S. Angiolo Vico, Mercatale, Italy 
Length: 16 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Tuba and Piano by Bruce Broughton
Performer:  Roberto Arosio (Piano), Velvet Brown (Tuba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  S. Angiolo Vico, Mercatale, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5. Stars in a Velvety Sky by Herbert L. Clarke
Performer:  Velvet Brown (Tuba), Roberto Arosio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  S. Angiolo Vico, Mercatale, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Velvet Brown 
6. Deep river by Traditional
Performer:  David Garcia (Trombone), Fabio Costa (Bass Trombone), Velvet Brown (Tuba),
Massimo Oldani (Trombone), Emily Harris (Trombone)
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  S. Angiolo Vico, Mercatale, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Velvet Brown 
7. Gospel Train by Traditional
Performer:  Fabio Costa (Bass Trombone), Emily Harris (Trombone), Velvet Brown (Tuba),
Massimo Oldani (Trombone), David Garcia (Trombone)
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  S. Angiolo Vico, Mercatale, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Velvet Brown 
8. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child by Traditional
Performer:  Velvet Brown (Tuba)
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  S. Angiolo Vico, Mercatale, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Velvet Brown 
9. Joshua fought the Battle of Jericho by Traditional
Performer:  Fabio Costa (Bass Trombone), Emily Harris (Trombone), Massimo Oldani (Trombone),
David Garcia (Trombone), Velvet Brown (Tuba)
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  S. Angiolo Vico, Mercatale, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Velvet Brown 
10. Salve Venere, Salve Marte by John [USA Class] Stevens
Performer:  Velvet Brown (Tuba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  S. Angiolo Vico, Mercatale, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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