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Rendezvous With Tashi- Hindemith, Foss, Gershwin, Shulman


Release Date: 07/09/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 7901   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul HindemithLukas FossAlan ShulmanGeorge Gershwin
Performer:  Richard StoltzmanIda KavafianTheodore ArmSteven Tenenbom,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tashi don their tuxedos and, in the case of violinist Ida Kavafian, a flapper dress. The roaring twenties provide the only common link in this oddball collection; as the sleeve-note suggests during that rollicking decade ''the world was bent on having a good time''. I'll take that on trust. Tashi have a good time here, and so, for the most part, do we. I am never entirely sure about Hindemith, but you don't argue with the craftsmanship. He was 28 and irritatingly eager when he put together this inventive little Quintet. No musical fashion seems to have escaped him—from the obligatory string elegy with its generous coating of late romanticism, to the curdled third movement Landler with its grotesque mix of Berlin cabaret and Mahlerian Read more Wunderhorn (Richard Stoltzman in his element brandishing the E flat clarinet), a touch of premature minimalism in the curiously spare fourth movement, and a finale which begins by sounding as though it is rewinding the score back to the beginning. The Lukas Foss piece is weird, too—not in terms of the musical language, which is disarmingly mainstream, but on account of its gentle off-beat humour. Just when you think you should be taking it seriously … The treadmill finale, for instance, is notable for two thin-lipped piano solos and a spooky disappearing-trick at the end. Stoltzman again gets the lion's share of the virtuosity.

As for the remaining bon-bons Stoltzman and friends are suitably laid-back. Alan Shulman's Rendezvous was written for Benny Goodman and sounds much as its title suggests. A deceptive start, like off-duty Richard Strauss, gives way to swingtime. And swingtime is what we are looking for, and get, in at least three of the five Gershwin morsels. Stoltzman tosses off a deliciously frisky Promenade (or Walking the dog) while the standards are duly adored—the flavour of the arrangements, Palm Court with a twist.

-- Edward Seckerson, Gramophone [3/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 30 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Ida Kavafian (Violin), Theodore Arm (Violin),
Steven Tenenbom (Viola), Fred Sherry (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Germany 
2.
Tashi by Lukas Foss
Performer:  Lukas Foss (Piano), Fred Sherry (Cello), Steven Tenenbom (Viola),
Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Ida Kavafian (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Rendezvous by Alan Shulman
Performer:  Fred Sherry (Cello), Steven Tenenbom (Viola), Theodore Arm (Violin),
Ida Kavafian (Violin), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Lukas Foss (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
4.
Shall We Dance: Promenade "Walking the dog" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lukas Foss (Piano), Steven Tenenbom (Viola), Theodore Arm (Violin),
Ida Kavafian (Violin), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Fred Sherry (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Silverman 
5.
Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Ida Kavafian (Violin), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Theodore Arm (Violin),
Steven Tenenbom (Viola), Fred Sherry (Cello), Lukas Foss (Piano),
Tim Eddy (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Silverman 
6.
Of Thee I Sing: Who cares? by George Gershwin
Performer:  Steven Tenenbom (Viola), Lukas Foss (Piano), Fred Sherry (Cello),
Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Ida Kavafian (Violin), Theodore Arm (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Silverman 
7.
Show Girl: Liza "All the clouds'll roll away" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Steven Tenenbom (Viola), Theodore Arm (Violin), Ida Kavafian (Violin),
Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Lukas Foss (Piano), Fred Sherry (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Silverman 
8.
Girl Crazy: I got rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lukas Foss (Piano), Fred Sherry (Cello), Steven Tenenbom (Viola),
Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Ida Kavafian (Violin), Theodore Arm (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Silverman 

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