Arnold Jacobs: Portrait of an Artist
I just received a great
CD the other day, "Portrait of an Artist" - Arnold Jacobs, the master teacher
and legendary tuba with Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO).
Tuba, some of you say - that is of little
interest to a trumpet player. Wait, there are a lot of interesting things
on this CD for a trumpet player! On a photo in the CD cover one can see
Jacobs in a masterclass listening closely to a trumpet player.
This CD is about Arnold Jacobs, the master
teacher but also about the player who played in maybe the greatest brass
section ever, the CSO, with its two "pillars", Bud Herseth on one end and
"Jake" on the other. Between those two, some other great players, Vincent
Cichowicz, Dale Clevenger, Jay Friedman and others.
You get to hear the CSO
Brass Ensemble playing Gabrieli: Canzon per sonare no. 2 and Bozza: Sonatine
for brass quintet - an unbelievable performance. In the Sonatine one can
also hear how good 2. trumpet Cichowicz is - how closely he matches Bud
Herseth. The opening track on the CD, Buxtehude: Fanfare is also with the
whole brass ensemble.
There are several tracks with solo material:
Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 in
E-flat (played on a tuba!)
Monti: Czardas (with an impressive
speed for a tuba)
Clarke: Carnival of Venice
Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Bass
Tuba (1st movement)
Gugel/Pottag: Etude No. 24
From the CSO commercial recordings
som symphony highlights for brass:
Belioz: Opening Recitative from
"Romeo and Juliet", Giulini
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra (brass
Stravinsky: Petrouchka (tuba solo),
Nielsen: Sym. 4 (1st movement excerpt),
Buckner: Sym. 4 (1st movement excerpt),
Mussorgsky: Great Gate (finale),
Between these music samples you can
hear Jacobs talking in private studio sessions, interviews and in master
Gene Pokorny says the following
on the CD-cover:
"Practically every sentence he
speaks, or phrase he plays is thought provoking [Your "pause" button had
better be working]"
You can order online.