Saturday, December 4, 2010

CD 'Halcyon Trio' features works of Trent Johnson, Alfred Uhl & Max Bruch, Xtreme Medium (2002)

[TOP: Halcyon Trio; Alfred Uhl: Kleines Konzert; MaxBruch: Eight Pieces, Op. 83, Nos. 1-4; Trent Johnson: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano; Xtreme Medium HT 001 (2002) BOTTOM: Trent X. Johnson]

On April 14, 2009 AfriClassical posted: “'Trio' & 'Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra' Among Compositions of Trent X. Johnson.” We noted that we had obtained a copy of the CD Halcyon Trio, recorded by the ensemble of the same name. After a year and a half of frequent listening, we regard this CD as a real find. Trent Johnson's Trio is well matched with the works of the two composers who are far better known, the Austrian Alfred Uhl (1909-1992) and the German Max Bruch (1838-1920). To our ear this program is well executed in three dynamic performances. The CD is a hidden gem, available only at the website of the Halcyon Trio.

Composer Trent Johnson is an active organist in New Jersey. He is scheduled to perform in a holiday concert in Somerville, New Jersey on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010:
Daren L. McCann
Nov. 29, 2010
On Sunday, December 12th, the Deer Ridge Singers, a long-established local choral ensemble under the direction of the group's founder, Daren L. McCann, will present a Christmas concert at the United Reformed Church, 100 W. Main Street, Somerville, NJ. The 7:00 p.m. concert will feature seasonal selections from throughout the centuries...” “The concert will feature professional string, percussion, and brass instrumentalists. Trenton Johnson, concert organist and composer, will be the guest organist at the performance. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased either by calling (908)-757-1151 for advance sales, or at the door.

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