Located absolutely in the present
at all times,...was Robert Levy, who conducted a series of difficult
works with commendable awareness, conviction, and esprit.
The stunning control, the unflagging
discipline, the precision of articulation and the (almost too) careful
placement of each note is most extraordinary for a band from a university
numbering only 1100 students...the entire production is a tribute to
superb coaching by a sensitive conductor....
Handel's Royal Fireworks Music gave
us first trumpeter Robert Levy...doing first rate work.
Robert Levy delivered an engrossing,
often moving performance on trumpet.
Robert Levy shows himself to be an excellent musician ---Stereo Review
The Elegy for trumpet and Tape/Arp is a stunning work of searing intensity and this has to be a definitive, ultimate performance. ---The New Records
Robert Levy, a fine trumpet player, plays striking solo lines from the front... ---The Village Voice, NY
It was apparent in all of Levy's playing that he knows his stuff, and he's to be admired for his endurance, not weakening perceptibly throughout an evening of hard, hard works ---Composers and Choreographers Theatre Review, NY
Levy once again proved himself to be a master of avante-garde techniques with his superlative handling of all the labyrinthian difficulties posed by Extensions. ---International Trumpet Guild Journal
The trumpet and marimba hardly could
have better virtuoso performers than Levy and Stout. The Wilder work
is filled with untold difficulties for the trumpet, and Levy negotiated
the passages flawlessly last night. ---Richmond News-Leader
Robert Levy presents here a recording of great variety and musical diversity, highlighting the wide range of the solo trumpet...Throughout the album, Levy maintains a consistently high level of performance and seems entirely comfortable...he proves most enjoyable as a performer, allowing his warm lyricism to come to the fore as it does so effectively in Wilder's music...a worthwhile addition to the trumpet player's library. ---International Trumpet Guild Journal
Levy is presented in a series of contemporary pieces for the trumpet. The LP is in a class by itself...Levy,..is endowed with a very great technique that enables him to surmount the challenge of the music with real class. ---Cedar Rapids Gazette
The true dedication...to contemporary music is fully revealed in these excellent performances... a valuable reference tool for school libraries, as well as delightful listening. ---Music and Artists Magazine, NY
This recording displays the talented
virtuosity of Mr. Levy in a number of excellently performed contemporary
works...the performances are without exception, scrupulously coherent,
technically highly professional and musically delivered with a creative
yet accurate touch... an excellent addition to any record library, both
for the excellence of performance and the variety of works.
Performance: very good...the performers handle their exacting assignments in a first-rate way. ---Stereo Review
Gestures is recommended for advanced college-level students
and professional players due to the extreme range and demanding flexibility
required. While the advanced player will find it challenging in these
respects, each movement is well-crafted and fairly short, making it
an attractive addition to a solo recital...
More esoteric still, but with occasional
romantic overtones, was Robert Levy's Variations for Solo Cello, an
austere yet sensuous work that fairly trembled with interior contradictions.
Perhaps the greatest tribute trumpeter
Bob Levy pays Alec Wilder is the judiciousness he displays in handling
Wilder's music. Though he possesses a wonderful facility on his instrument
and could undoubtedly solo rings around these changes, Levy generally
trusts Wilder's melodies to speak for themselves, and places his improvisations
separate from and of secondary importance to a full, lovingly precise
statement of the melody...a wistful, yearning Blackberry Winter.
All these playing modes and groupings
display the multifaceted talents of Levy...For sheer variety of presentation,
Levy is a wonder. he is able to switch styles with ease and is comfortable
in all of them...this musical smorgasbord [Crossover] has many bright
A breath of fresh air [Jazz Composers
Alliance-Flux ] amongst the revivalism prevalent in jazz.
In all, this [Ken Schaphorst-When
the Moon Jumps] is one of the most excitingly provocative large ensemble
ventures that I've heard in years.
Spontaneity and improvisation were combined with modern dance and unusual music. The end result was an unique extemporaneous composition. ---Kaukauna Times
It's all spontaneous. it just evolves... it was more than I even expected. ---The Post Crescent, Appleton, Wisc.
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