Rendezvous With Tashi- Hindemith, Foss, Gershwin, Shulman

Release Date: 6/19/2008
Label: RCA
Catalog Number: RCA7901
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tashi
Number of Discs: 1

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