The American Trumpet (Jeffrey Silberschlag/ Deborah Greitzer/ Seattle Symphony/ Gerard Schwarz) (Naxos: 8.559719)
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The unique qualities of the American trumpet tradition are celebrated in this wide-ranging disc. From the drama of Leo Eylar's dazzling Dance Suite
to the wit of William McKinley's Miniature Portraits
, virtuosity and brilliance are assured. The two songs from Sondheim's musical Sweeney Todd
, orchestrated by McKinley with the composer's consent, convey a quality of ardent determination. Jeffrey Silberschlag
is the dedicatee of a number of these works and he carries on the illustrious lineage of American trumpeters. He is partnered by Gerard Schwarz
, himself one of the great trumpeters of his generation, before turning to conducting.