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Cristal - Glass Music Through The Ages / Dennis James


Release Date: 01/15/2002 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89047   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalGarry EisterDavid August von ApellJoseph A Schmittbauer,   ... 
Performer:  Julie GiganteSebastian ToettcherDennis [glass armonica] JamesSimon Oswell,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Cuiller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String QuartetStradivaria Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An excellent find for fans of ethereal music, while classical listeners will find this disc exceptionally refreshing.

Cristal is an excellent and original recording. This is a disc that is fresh and exciting. Its brilliance comes through from the first piece right through to the last. Cristal, subtitled "Glass Music Through the Ages," is a unique recording that features Linda Ronstadt with glass virtuoso Dennis James. This recording showcases a variety of different moods, but the glass harmonica and the crystal baschet have lush and serenely sweet sounds that bring the pieces to life while also letting them settle in the background. Cristal features a variety of performers, including the Emerson String Quartet
Read more and Ruth Ann Swenson. The recording also features original glass music by Mozart, Beethoven, C.P.E. Bach, and Purcell. For fans of ethereal music, particularly space and new age music, this is an excellent find. Fans of classical and more mainstream music will also find this recording to be exceptionally refreshing. Overall, this is a fantastic work and one that belongs in any music lover's collection.

-- Matt Borghi, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Irish Lullaby by Traditional
Performer:  Julie Gigante (Violin), Sebastian Toettcher (Cello), Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica),
Simon Oswell (Viola), David Shostac (Flute), Marcia Dickstein (Harp),
John Ellis (Oboe)
Written: Ireland 
Venue:  Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Dennis James and Amy Crocker 
2.
Quintet for Glass Harmonica and String Quartet by Garry Eister
Performer:  Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica), Philip Setzer (Violin), David Finckel (Cello),
Eugene Drucker (Violin), Lawrence Dutton (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1998 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 12 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Non temere alma immortale by David August von Apell
Performer:  Marcia Dickstein (Harp), Michael Horton (Tenor), Teri Koide (Alto),
Linda Ronstadt (Soprano), Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica)
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Allegro for Glass Harmonica by Joseph A Schmittbauer
Performer:  Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Jim Brady Recording Studio, Tucson, AZ 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5.
Caprice by Fred Schnaubelt
Performer:  Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica), John Ellis (Oboe), Sebastian Toettcher (Cello),
Simon Oswell (Viola), David Shostac (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Cello Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
6.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Ruth Ann Swenson (Soprano), Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica), Linda Ronstadt (Soprano),
Teri Koide (Alto), Julie Gigante (Violin), Sara Parkins (Violin),
Leslie Sabedra (Alto), Michelle Fournier (Alto), Virenia Lind (),
Natalie Beck (Alto), Oscar Hidalgo (Double Bass), Leslie Reed (Oboe),
Geri Rotella (Flute), Sebastian Toettcher (Cello), Simon Oswell (Viola),
Roland Kato (Viola), Bunny Thornberg (), Gary Bovyer (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 01/27/2000 
Venue:  Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: Garry Eister 
7.
Largo for Glass Harmonica in G minor by Johann Abraham P. Schulz
Performer:  Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Denmark 
Venue:  Jim Brady Recording Studio, Tucson, AZ 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was also recorded in part in a private living room. 
8.
Il Pompeo: O cessate di piagarmi by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica), Linda Ronstadt (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Holsclaw Recital Hall, U. of Arizona 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Adagio for Glass Harmonica in C major, K 356 (617a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Jim Brady Recording Studio, Tucson, AZ 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was also recorded in part in a private living room. 
10.
Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica, Flute, Oboe, Viola and Cello in C minor, K 617 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Lawrence Dutton (Viola), Philip Setzer (Violin),
Eugene Drucker (Violin), Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 12 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11.
L'Armonica: Adagio by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Véronique Dietschy (Soprano), Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica)
Conductor:  Daniel Cuiller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stradivaria Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1769; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
L'Armonica: Andantino by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Véronique Dietschy (Soprano), Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica)
Conductor:  Daniel Cuiller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stradivaria Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1769; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Petite Impression by Fred Schnaubelt
Performer:  Dennis [glass armonica] James (Glass Armonica)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Cello Studios, Hollywood, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Irish Lullaby
Dance
Song
Brisk
Non temere alma immortale
Allegro
Caprice
Pavane pour orchestre avec choeur, op. 50 (Vocal)
Largo in G minor
O, cessate di Piagarmi (Vocal)
Adagio in C Major, K.356
Adagio
Rondo
Récit Accompagné - Adagio (Glas armonica) (Vocal)
Air - Andantino (Vocal)
Petite Impression

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Really good November 16, 2012 By Johan D. (Lovendegem, Oost-Vlaanderen) See All My Reviews "Good cd to get acqainted with glass music. Lot of variety in the music." Report Abuse
 Glass music. July 21, 2012 By David Baird (Londonderry,, Londonderry,) See All My Reviews "Intriguing. Very peasant to listen to. Thank you" Report Abuse
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