AMY SCHENDEL

UNCOMMON GROUND

UNCOMMON GROUND

Contemporary Works for Trumpet with horn, trombone, piano and organ

Joseph Blaha, Harald Genzmer, Wayne Lu, Jean-Fran├žois Michel, Patrick Schulz

AMY SCHENDEL, trumpet
Bernhard Scully, horn
Todd Schendel, trombone & euphonium
Rene Lecuona, piano
Gregory Hand, organ
 

World Premiere Recordings

[MS1536]

$12.95

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REVIEWS
“[An] adventurous recording... Schendel's trumpet playing is solid, and her versatile musicianship is showcased throughout... [In the Suite] the ensemble plays very well, and their intonation is absolutely stunning... Schendel's recording is a wonderful collection... The consistent playing and variety of repertoire makes this a wonderful addition to any trumpeter's recording collection.”
Brian Shook, ITG Journal [June 2015]
“My favorite work on this album is the first, Patrick Schultz’s brief but mesmerizing Fanfare for trumpet and organ... Schendel plays incisively without overdoing it and while maintaining a purity and roundness of tone that draws us in. Gregory Hand is the fine organist... The organ of First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City, sounds terrific.”
Kilpatrick, American Record Guide [March/April 2015]
“[ * * * ½ ] This is an aptly-named and very well-played collection of contemporary chamber music of several world premier compositions. As a fan of the similar music of Eric Ewazen, I also found this collection stimulating and enjoyable... [the performers are] excellent, and they acquit themselves nicely in these modern compositions... The recording is a good one...the instruments come through musically and with good stereo imaging… The program is well put together, and the quality of the playing is high.”
Mel Martin, Audiophile Audition [January 2015]
“Amy Schendel has assembled a group of immaculate performers for a compact disc release of world premiere recordings which should be required listening for brass players young and old, student and professional, worldwide. The disc will appeal further to anyone who relishes fine brass playing and to lovers of recent contemporary chamber music... Amy Schendal’s trumpet playing throughout this recording is characterized by impeccable legato and flawless intonation, which are rare these days in any instrumental brass context. She is a brilliant musician who is being exceptionally generous in lending her talents to music that is new and challenging though, at its best, highly rewarding.”
Charles Pope Jr., ConcertoNet [December 2014]
“the trumpet and organ have complementary sounds that merge to fine effect in the pieces by Schulz and Genzmer, and Michel’s melding of trumpet, horn and trombone makes for some interesting mingling of brass in three short but nicely distinguished movements. Schendel and the other performers here do a uniformly fine job with the music”
Mark J. Estren, InfoDad [December 2014]
PROGRAM NOTES
Trumpeter AMY SCHENDEL maintains an active career as a performing artist. As a featured soloist, Schendel has played with the Indiana University Orchestra, University of Iowa Orchestra and Band, Texas Woman’s University Wind Ensemble, and many others. She has also performed extensively with Minnesota Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and Texas Winds. In Europe, Schendel has appeared with the Augsburger Philharmoniker and in chamber concerts in Augsburg, Berlin and Munich. In 2012, Schendel appeared at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, International Women’s Brass Conference and Iowa Band Master’s Association Conference. She also gave the premier of Joseph Blaha’s French Suite at the 2012 International Horn Symposium in Denton, Texas, and the premier of Wayne Lu’s Partita for Brass Trio at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Also an active chamber and ensemble musician, Schendel currently plays with the Iowa Brass Quintet and Contrapunctus Brass Trio. Previous positions include Spoleto Festival USA, Wisconsin Brass Quintet, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Dr. Schendel has also won trumpet positions with the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” and the United States Air Force Ceremonial Band in Washington, D.C.

As a recording artist, in 2010 Schendel released her first CD with Todd Schendel, Full Power, which
features Abe Lincoln’s Song Book, written by Douglas Hill for the Contrapunctus Brass Trio. A former student of John Aley, John Rommel, Manny Laureano, Uwe Kleindienst, Gary Bordner and others, Schendel has degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Indiana University and the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at Madison, she was a Paul J. Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellow and co-author of a grant, Western Wisconsin Cultural Initiative, which provided supplemental music performances to rural school districts. Since 2009, Schendel has been the trumpet professor at the University of Iowa. [ www.brasstrio.com ]
 
PROGRAM
PATRICK SCHULZ (b.1975)
FANFARE FOR TRUMPET AND ORGAN (2012)

JEAN-FRANÇOIS MICHEL (b.1957)
SUITE POUR TROMPETTE, COR ET TROMBONE (c.1994)
Ouverture
Nocturne
Allegro

JOSEPH BLAHA (b.1951)
FRENCH SUITE (2011)
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Gigue

WAYNE LU (b.1970)
SONATA FOR TRUMPET AND PIANO (2007)
The Early Years (Allegro)
Divergence (Andante)
A New Life (Fast)

JEAN-FRANÇOIS MICHEL
EVEILS POUR TROMPETTE, TROMBONE ET PIANO (1993)
Eveil du jour
Eveil de la nature
Eveil de la rue

HARALD GENZMER (1909-2007)
SONATE FÜR TROMPETE IN C UND ORGEL (c.1971)
Grave
Allegro
Choral
Finale



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