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New York Philomusica records on its own label, New York Philomusica Records. The first American ensemble to record Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, New York Philomusica is the only group ever to record the entire Mozart Divertimento catalogue. The Divertimento recordings were originally released by VoxBox Productions in 1975 and were followed by a release of Wind Serenades of Mozart. Both titles were reissued by New York Philomusica Records in October 2002 with updated, comprehensive liner notes by Mozart scholar Robert Levin. The Masters: Master Haydn, Student Beethoven, George & Joseph | Paris, and the original recording of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, brought the catalogue to 18, to which an additional six have been added from the live concerts recordings [see below and Program Notes for details].

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FROM BAROQUE TO BERKELEY
BEETHOVEN, MOZART & DOHNÁNYÍ LIVE
SCHUBERT OCTET LIVE
THE THREE "B'S": BEETHOVEN, BARTÓK & BERKELEY LIVE
NY PHILOMUSICA'S 35TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON SAMPLER

Existing Catalog



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THE COMPLETE MOZART DIVERTIMENTOS 6-CD Boxed Set
HISTORIC FIRST RECORDED EDITION

RECORD INFO

Recorded: 1971-1974
6 hours

Catalog Number: NYPm30013
Price: $48.98


This survey is imbued with the wealth of talent that Mozart brought to our world, in his time and in ours. The music: Mozart’s voice in its fullest reach through his genius for combining his musical impulses with perfect combinations of instruments. The performers: Legends in their time, they are personal, brilliant and profound in bringing the requisite insight to interpreting these marvelously varied compositions. The scholarship: Robert D. Levin is the author of the exhaustive program booklet. It is a model of what a survey should include: incipits of the recorded works and a synoptic table current to August 2002—an invaluable resource for libraries and for musicians.

"For style and virtuosity, these are absolutely magnificent presentations, and in excellent sound too…Highest possible recommendation."
San Francisco Examiner

"One takes a special pleasure in hearing the poised, larklike flights of the two principal violinists, Isidore Cohen and Felix Galimir."
New York Times



New York Philomusica
THE COMPLETE MOZART DIVERTIMENTOS CD 1
HISTORIC FIRST RECORDED EDITION

RECORD INFO

Divertimento No. 1 in E-flat, K. 113 for winds and strings
Divertimento No. 13 in F, K. 253 for six winds
Divertimento No. 2 in D, K. 131

Recorded: 1973
Booklet: Robert D. Levin
59:17 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30007
Price: $14.98

The string works here are led by the legendary musician Felix Galimir. The first, written in Milan in 1771, was given the double title "Concerto or Divertimento" by the composer. The second on this CD is the fourth of six Tafelmusiken – "light entertainment for those at table." The last is a rare display of showcasing the winds in the presence of strings, with a flute, oboe, bassoon and four (!) horns, performed here in an ensemble the size of that available to Mozart in Salzburg when he wrote the piece. The richness and variety of the CD make for a fascinating exploration of the instrumental palette that was so rapidly expanding in Mozart’s day.

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THE COMPLETE MOZART DIVERTIMENTOS CD 2
HISTORIC FIRST RECORDED EDITION

RECORD INFO

Divertimento No. 4 in B-flat, K. 186/159b for 10 winds

Divertimento No. 16 in E-flat, K. 289/271g for six winds

March, K. 290/167AB

Divertimento No. 7 in D, K. 205/167A for strings and two horns

Recorded:1974
Booklet: Robert D. Levin
63:20 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30008
Price: $14.98

This CD opens with the brilliance of a high tessitura in the first of two pieces for ten winds, using the amazing new clarinets and English horns. This is followed by the sedate sixth Tafelmusik for six winds. The disk concludes with the first of the great marches and divertimentos for string and horns.

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THE COMPLETE MOZART DIVERTIMENTOS CD 3
HISTORIC FIRST RECORDED EDITION

RECORD INFO

March & Divertimento No. 11 in D, K. 251 for oboe, strings & 2 horns
Divertimento No. 9 in B-flat, K. 240 for six winds
Divertimento No. 6 in C, K. 188/240b for 2 flutes, 5 trumpets & tympani
March & Divertimento Il Re Pastore in C, K. 214 for winds & strings

Recorded: 1974
Booklet: Robert D. Levin
65:43 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30009
Price: $14.98

Featuring a "new" divertimento, reconstructed through the scholarship of Robert D. Levin, the final work on the CD, Il Re Pastore, brings an entirely original area of inquiry to the realm of recording and performance. The composer borrowed the overture and opening aria from the opera of the same name, added a march for the beginning and the end, and inserted a final movement before the last march, getting twice the mileage from a single effort utilized in an entirely different medium. The program begins with one of the most popular works Mozart was to write, is followed by the second of his Tafelmusiken and continues with the extraordinarily lovely ensemble of flutes, trumpets and tympani, in a collection of dances written for the graduation ceremony of horses from their "High School."

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THE COMPLETE MOZART DIVERTIMENTOS CD 4
HISTORIC FIRST RECORDED EDITION

RECORD INFO

Divertimento No. 3 in E-flat, K. 166/159d for 10 winds
Divertimento No. 8 in F, K. 213 for six winds
Divertimento No. 15 in B-flat, K. 287/271H for strings & 2 horns

Recorded:1972 - 1973
Booklet: Robert D. Levin
61:39 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30010
Price: $14.98

Isidore Cohen leads the great Divertimento No. 15, which is a display of extraordinary virtuosity and, in the Adagio, sublime beauty, both by composer and his performers on every instrument. Beethoven would make use of this work’s formal construct in the last movement of his Ninth Symphony. The CD opens with the richly-textured second of two 10-wind works and is followed by the delightful first of six Tafelmusiken for six winds.

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THE COMPLETE MOZART DIVERTIMENTOS CD 5
HISTORIC FIRST RECORDED EDITION

RECORD INFO

Divertimento No. 14 in B-flat, K. 270 for six winds
Divertimento No. 12 in E-flat, K. 252 for six winds
March, K. 248 & Divertimento No. 10 in F, K. 247

Recorded: 1973
Booklet: Robert D. Levin
65:29 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30011
Price: $14.98

Two Tafelmusiken of the widest contrast in key and texture begin this CD, even though both are for six winds. No. 12 starts off with a languorous Andante in 6/8, while No. 14 starts with the most formal first movement of the entire group. The string and two horns work, number three of the five, is the exemplar of "energy and lyricism, humor and expressive warmth," to quote the program annotator, Robert D. Levin.

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THE COMPLETE MOZART DIVERTIMENTOS CD 6
HISTORIC FIRST RECORDED EDITION

RECORD INFO

March, K. 445/320c
Divertimento No. 17 in D, K. 334/320b for strings & 2 horns

Recorded: 1971
Booklet: Robert D. Levin
50:34 minutes


Catalog Number: NYPm30012
Price: $14.98

This is the capital work in the entire oeuvre of music for strings and 2 horns. It contains all the attributes of its predecessors, plus a wealth of melody so memorable as to stand alone in all of the music by this great composer. At the same time, it brings forth the music that has been eclipsed by this greatness – the March alone is worth the purchase price. Felix Galimir leads the ensemble, consisting of the core membership of the era: Isidore Cohen, John Graham, Timothy Eddy, Alvin Brehm, A. Robert Johnson, and guest, David Jolley.

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THE WIND SERENADES OF MOZART PLUS COSI FAN TUTTE & THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, 2-CD SET

RECORD INFO

Recorded: May 1979
Booklet: Robert D. Levin
73:37 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30014
Price: $23.98


The programs in this set are unimaginably rich in variety and color. The music and the playing of it are "sublime," according to the American Record Guide, 1991. Included in this set are the opera arrangements by the 2nd oboist from 1782 to his death in 1801 of the Kaiserlich-Königliche Harmonie, Johann Nepomuk Wendt. He produced Harmonie arrangements – a favorite instrumentation of the era consisting of paired oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns and a contrabass – that evoke the operas with consummate taste. Add to this the inclusion of a booklet that includes notes, incipits of the movements of the Serenades and a Synoptic Table of Mozart’s entire occasional music, authored by the renowned Mozart scholar, Robert D. Levin. The volume is a must for every music lover and assayer of the audio realm.

"...played with loving skill and patrician musicianship." New York Times

"...quite breathtaking in virtuosity and conceptual strength." Los Angeles Times

This music was featured in the new 2009 movie Grey Gardens! Watch the video and learn more here.

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MOZART BICENTENNIAL PROGRAM

RECORD INFO

String Quintet in G minor, K 516

Masonic Funeral Music, K 477

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K 453



ROBERT LEVIN, piano
Todd Phillips
Adele Peña
Ah Ling Neu
Philipp Naegele
Melissa Meell

73:37 minutes
Catalog Number: NYPm30001
Price $14.98

The program is an exquisite extract of the composer’s life’s work. The performers in every piece are inspired to fulfilling the expressive demands of this one-program survey, performed live. The Piano Concerto No. 17, with Robert Levin as soloist, made use of a copy of the autograph score. It incorporates many facets of 18th Century practice such as the arrangement of the instruments on stage and improvisation of cadenzas and "lead-ins" by the pianist. Mr. Levin first introduced his combined gifts for scholarship and pianism on this 1992 recording. He has since attained prominence internationally through recordings and performances with major European and American orchestras.

"Levin’s results are wonderful. Recorded live, in first-rate sound, this disc also includes a memorable performance of the Masonic Funeral Music." Schwann

"These performances are wholly professional and assured, with that added heating of impulse which betokens long thought and experience. Robert Levin offers a considerable surprise in a fleet, full-dynamics, long-lined account of superb coherence and spirit. Neither spirit nor coherence is the surprise, but the modernity of the whole event...a remarkable feat...." Fanfare, January/February 1993

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Paige Brook
FRENCH AND GERMAN FLUTE MASTERPIECES




RECORD INFO

Debussy: Sonata No. 2 for flute, viola & harp
Syrinx, Unaccompanied Solo
Poulenc: Sonata fro flute & piano
Kirnberger: Sonata in G
Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Telemann: Suite in A minor




PAIGE BROOK, flute
Robert Levin
Nobuko Imai
Gerald K. Appleman
Gloria Agostini
The deNeveu Ensemble conducted by Paige Brook

Premiere recording of Kirnberger Sonata
Recorded: 1969-70
Booklet: A. Robert Johnson and Robert Levin
75:48 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30002
Price: $14.98

The essence of the musical traditions of France and Germany is captured wonderfully on this CD. Masterpieces of the flute repertory from each are here, played with profound insight by their interpreters – Paige Brook, flute, Robert Levin, piano and harpsichord, Nobuko Imai, viola, Gerald K. Appleman, violoncello and Gloria Agostini, harp.

"...superbly idiomatic playing and equally wonderful recorded effect. Such an airy, buoyant sound! Such perfect reproduction of each instrument. I would rate this as one of the all-over best recordings I have heard in years." Edward Tatnall Canby, Audio

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MUSIC OF THE 1960'S AND 1970'S

RECORD INFO

Alvin Brehm: Sextet for piano & strings (1975)

Iain Hamilton:
Sonata for flautist (1966), for the family of flutes & piano
Five Scenes for trumpet & piano (1965)
Sonata Notturno (1965) for horn & piano
Hyperion (1977) for piano, clarinet, horn violin & ’cello

Meyer Kupferman:
Phantom Sonata, for viola & piano
A Nietzsche Cycle for soprano, horn & piano

Ezra Laderman:
Nonette (1962) for flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, violin, cello & piano
Meditation on Isaiah (1971) for cello solo

Artists: Susan Gregory, Paige Brook, David Krakauer, Joseph Rabbai, Robert Johnson, Cynde Iverson, Neil Balm, Allan Dean, Vernon Post, Seymour Bernstein, Robert Levin, Guillermo Figeruoa, Felix Galimir, Todd Phillips, Richard Young, Kim Kashkashian, Timothy Eddy, Marcy Rosen, Alvin Brehm

Recorded:1976 - 1984
Booklet: A. Robert Johnson
145 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30003
Price: $23.98 (2-CD Set)

The composers: Alvin Brehm, Iain Hamilton (1st NY Philomusica Featured Composer), Meyer Kupferman, Ezra Laderman. These 2 CDs offer an array of instrumentation and sound texture unlike any ever produced – a perfect test for the most discerning audiophile! They will make a lasting impression and very likely come to enjoy "favorite" status among those curious enough to explore the inspired language of these highly original composers. The performances bring out the best in them and in their interpreters.

"I could go on and on about details of such truly remarkable performances of these difficult works. The ensemble is excellent in that the virtuosity never obtrudes from the team work and this added to the flexibility in a work like Hyperion is real ensemble playing indeed."
Iain Hamilton, September 1997

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN




RECORD INFO

Quintet in E flat major, Op. 16, for piano & winds
Septet in E flat major, Op. 20, for strings & winds

Recorded: February 1993
Booklet: A. Robert Johnson
68:04 minutes




MEG BACHMAN VAS, piano
Matthew Dine
David Krakauer
Robert Johnson
Jeffrey Marchand
Todd Phillips
Ah Ling Neu
Melissa Meell
Gail Kruvand

Catalog Number: NYPm30004
Price $14.98

Two displays of originality by a man destined for eternal stature as one of the rarest of talents. They are the more interesting for the fact that in writing to please early in his move to Vienna he succeeded too well – to his contemporaries these pieces outshone his more serious symphonies, opera, concertos, sonatas, string quartets and trios. Their relative obscurity and contrasting instrumentation make them ideal for this catalog, which makes a specialty of producing such gems.

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MUSIC OF JACOB DRUCKMAN

RECORD INFO

Divertimento
Aria: Theme by Francesco Cavalli
Delizie contente che l'alme beate for Woodwind Quintet and Tape
Bó for percussion, harp, bass clarinet and three accompanying women's voices
String Quintet No. 3

Recorded: 1983 - 1996, supervised by the composer
Booklet: the composer and A. Robert Johnson
75:39 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30005
Price: $14.98

Mr. Druckman is a master of tonal subtlety. The spectrum of sound on this CD begins with his first published work and ends with the late String Quartet No. 3. In between the listener is treated to a beautiful exploration of winds with prerecorded tape, based on an Aria by Francesco Cavalli from the 16th Century. Druckman's evocation of seaborne refugees, entitled Bó, calls for three soprano voices, harp, bass clarinet, vibraphone and gong. This recording was the first to be dedicated solely to the music of Jacob Druckman.

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JOHANNES BRAHMS

RECORD INFO

Trio in A minor, Op. 114, for piano, clarinet & 'cello
Quartet in G minor, Op. 25, for piano, violin, viola & 'cello

MELISSA MEELL, 'cello
Robert Levin
David Krakauer
Adela Peña
Ah Ling Neu

Recorded: October 1993
Booklet: A. Robert Johnson
65:00 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30006
Price: $14.98

The Romantic King writing at his life’s end for the enrapturing sound of the clarinet in the Trio, and early in his life, a Quartet with which he hoped to enrapture a public to whom he was as yet unknown. Success! in both endeavors. We hear the genius and feel his heart in ours. The contrast of instrumentation and, no less, the contrast in the poise of older age juxtaposed in this genius against the assertion of his youth, make for an exquisite program, fully realized by these performers and sound engineers.

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GEORGE & JOSEPH | PARIS

RECORD INFO

Joseph Haydn:
Symphony No. 87 in A (for Paris)
Partita in F, Hob. II:23
Scherzando No. 3 in D, Hob. II:35

Mozart:
Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488
Concerto No. 15 in B-flat, K. 450, Finale

ROBERT LEVIN, piano

Recorded: October 1994, August 1997
Booklet: A. Robert Johnson, Robert Levin
74:14 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30016
Price: $14.98

New York Philomusica and Robert Levin revisited the fine acoustics of their 1991 triumph in The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in 1994 to perform rare music by Joseph Haydn and Mozart. George & Joseph | Paris is dedicated to the late chairman of New York Philomusica's board, George Plimpton, and his Paris Review on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary. The disc opens with Joseph Haydn's first of seven symphonies for a series in Paris, and concludes with two of Mozart’s most beautiful concerto movements, all performed by one of the greatest pianists of our time. Few classic CDs will rival this for content or interpretive panache.

This music was featured in the new 2009 movie Grey Gardens! Watch the video and learn more here.

Listen to sound clips! (Haydn)    (Mozart)



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THE MASTERS: MASTER HAYDN, STUDENT BEETHOVEN

RECORD INFO

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Piano Trio No. 2 in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2
Piano Trio No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2

Joseph Haydn:
Piano Trio in G Major, Hob. XV: 25


Live Recording

Jerome Lowenthal, piano
Naoko Tanaka, violin
Gregory Hesselink, 'cello.

Recorded: January 15, 2004
78:48 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30017
Price: $14.98

These CDs of our live subscription concerts provide the listener with a continuum of carefully honed programming intended to enhance appreciation and enjoyment of great music. Featuring its current roster of artists, the ensemble presents non-conducted repertory of every imaginable combination, anchored by string quartet and piano trio staples.




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MESSIAEN: QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME

Olivier Messiaen:
Quartet for the End of Time
Merle Noir


First American recording of the Quartet

Recorded: 1972


Robert Levin, piano
Isidore Cohen, violin
Joseph Rabbai, clarinet
Timothy Eddy, 'cello
Paige Brook, flute

60 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30018
Price: $14.98





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BEETHOVEN, MOZART & DOHNÁNYÍ LIVE

RECORD INFO

Beethoven: Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3, for violin, viola & 'cello
Mozart: Quartet in G minor, K. 478, for piano, violin, viola & 'cello
Dohnányí: Sextet in C major, Op. 37, for piano, clarinet, horn, violin, viola & 'cello


Recorded: LIVE October 5, 2006

Ya-Fei Chuang, piano
Joseph Rabbai, clarinet
A. Robert Johnson, horn
Naoko Tanaka, violin
Ah Ling Neu, viola
Gerald Appleman, 'cello

76 minutes

Catalog Number: 30019
Price: $14.98

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SCHUBERT OCTET LIVE

RECORD INFO

Franz Schubert: Octet in F, Op. 166 (D. 803)
for clarinet, horn, bassoon, two violins, viola, 'cello & bass
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro Vivace
4. Andante con variazioni
5. Menuetto; Allegretto
6. Andante molto - Allegro

Recorded: LIVE December 14, 2006

Joseph Rabbai, clarinet
A. Robert Johnson, horn
John Miller, bassoon
Katharina Grossman, violin
Adela Peña, violin
Junah Chung, viola
Gerald Appleman, 'cello
Gail Kruvand, contrabass

59 minutes

Catalog Number: 30020
Price: $14.98

"The genial mood and tonal suaveness of the ensemble made every note of the long work a pleasure to hear." -- THE STRAD, March 2007 (Dennis Rooney)

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THE THREE "B'S": BEETHOVEN, BARTÓK & BERKELEY LIVE

RECORD INFO

Beethoven:
Quartet in E-flat, Op. 74 "The Harp" (1809)
for two violins, viola & 'cello
Berkeley:
Magnetic Field (1995) for two violins, viola & 'cello
Bartók:
Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937)

Recorded: LIVE February 15, 2007

Naomi Sanchez*, piano
Stephen Varney*, piano
Naoko Tanaka, violin
Katharina Grossmann, violin
Junah Chung, viola
Gerald Appleman, 'cello
Jared Soldiviero, percussion
Jeffrey Irving, percussion
*Winners of 2005 first prize, Two Piano Category,
The National Federation of Music Clubs

78 minutes

Catalog Number: NYPm30021
Price: $14.98

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FROM BAROQUE TO BERKELEY

RECORD INFO

J.D. Zelenka: Sonata No. 3 in B-flat, ZWV 181,3 (c.1722)
Couperin Le Grand: L'Amphibie, from Ordre XXIV
T. Adčs: Sonata da caccia
J. Haydn: Sextet No. 14 in E-flat, Hob. II:40
M. Berkeley: Fierce Tears I (1983)
M. Berkeley: Fierce Tears II (1983)
J. Haydn: Divertimento a tre

Recorded: LIVE April 19, 2007

Gerard Reuter, oboe
Katrina Russell, bassoon
Andrew Clark, horn
Christopher Oldfather, piano & harpsichord
Katharina Grossmann, violin
Leslie Tomkins, viola
Gerald Appleman, 'cello
Gail Kruvand, contrabass

76 minutes

Catalog Number: 30022
Price: $14.98

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New York Philomusica
NY PHILOMUSICA'S 35TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

RECORD INFO

Mozart: Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
Schubert: Octet in F, Op. 166 (D. 803)
Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat, Op. 74 "The Harp"
Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Berkeley: Fierce Tears I
Haydn: Divertimento a tré
Georgia On My Mind (Fred Mills, soloist)

A CD Sampler

Recorded: LIVE 2006-2007

Artists: Ya-Fei Chuang, Christopher Oldfather, Naomi Sanchez, Stephen Varney, Joseph Rabbai, Gerard Reuter, John Miller, Andrew Clark, A. Robert Johnson, Fred Mills, Katharina Grossmann, Adela Peña, Naoko Tanaka, Ah Ling Neu, Junah Chung, Gerald Appleman, Gail Kruvand, Jared Soldiviero, Jeffrey Irving
60 minutes

Catalog Number: 30024
Price: $14.98




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