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Delightful music and performances by this virtuoso euphonium player.

In his notes for this disc, Mark Fisher, the euphonium player, writes: "My intent with regard to the literature selection for this recording was simply to present a recital. Included are two of the most important and original works in the repertoire, the Jan Bach and the Gordon Jacob. Combined with other borrowed favorites, this program was designed to, through great variety, take advantage of the euphonium's split personality: not only that of tenor tuba but also tenor horn, as is evident here in the range of J.S. Bach's E-Flat Major Sonata for Flute. Octave differential aside, the style and shape of the musical line make for a perfect fit on the euphonium. The Lieder (originally for two voices) of Brahms were originally and wonderfully transcribed for two horns by Verne Reynolds. His skilled arrangement and the wonder of overdubbing make for a rich sound indeed. The bassoon literature has never escaped low brass thievery and the great f-minor sonata by Telemann lies perfectly in the heart of the euphonium range. I believe the Concert Variations by Jan Bach to be the finest work ever composed for the euphonium and I was so proud that he was in the studio with me when we made this recording. The recording concludes with one of the great park band solos and most recognizable of all cornet tunes, the Carnival of Venice."
Contents:
Jean Baptiste Arban, composer
Fantasie, Theme & Variations on The Carnival of Venice
Mark Fisher, euphonium, Mark Lawson, piano


J.S. Bach, composer
Sonata for Flute in E Flat Major, BWV1031
Mark Fisher, euphonium, Mark Lawson, piano


Jan Bach, composer
Concert Variations
Mark Fisher, euphonium, Mark Lawson, piano


Johannes Brahms, composer
Hornsongs
Mark Fisher, euphonium, Mark Lawson, piano


Gordon Jacob, composer
Fantasia for Euphonium and Band
Mark Fisher, euphonium, Mark Lawson, piano


Georg Phillip Telemann, composer
Sonata in F Minor for Bassoon and Continuo
Mark Fisher, euphonium, Mark Lawson, piano

Review:
"Mark Fisher has a beautiful tone that lies somewhere between a baritone horn and a tenor tuba. His vibrato is subtle, his articulations skillful... that he is a seasoned orchestral and chamber musician is in welcome evidence here. Idiosyncratic traditions, so often heard in euphonium recordings, are noticeably absent. Sound is vivid, balance is excellent." (American Record Guide)
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