Recordings


 
Fanfare Magazine   “The Sinfonietta of Riverdale under the direction of Mark Mandarano brings all of the music off exceedingly well, with stellar playing…Considering the quality of the music, the performances, and the recorded sound, this CD comes highly recommended all around.”   Texas Public Radio   “Every now and then I drop a new classical release in the player and find myself instantly delighted by new music. Such was the case earlier this summer when I lifted the Albany Records release “ New World Serenade ” off the stack, with its picturesque cover painting of the aurora borealis by 19th Century American landscape painter  Frederic Edwin Church .”   Music Web International   “This delightful and splendidly planned disc pulls together music from the younger (Caplan), middle (Adams) and older (Corigliano and Zwilich) generations of living US composers. It then adds an acknowledged 20th century American master who nonetheless seems somewhat in danger of disappearing between the cracks of history… lithe playing and vivid sound. A lovely disc.”

Fanfare Magazine

“The Sinfonietta of Riverdale under the direction of Mark Mandarano brings all of the music off exceedingly well, with stellar playing…Considering the quality of the music, the performances, and the recorded sound, this CD comes highly recommended all around.”

Texas Public Radio

“Every now and then I drop a new classical release in the player and find myself instantly delighted by new music. Such was the case earlier this summer when I lifted the Albany Records release “New World Serenade” off the stack, with its picturesque cover painting of the aurora borealis by 19th Century American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church.”

Music Web International

“This delightful and splendidly planned disc pulls together music from the younger (Caplan), middle (Adams) and older (Corigliano and Zwilich) generations of living US composers. It then adds an acknowledged 20th century American master who nonetheless seems somewhat in danger of disappearing between the cracks of history… lithe playing and vivid sound. A lovely disc.”

2011 — Live & in Concert Vol. 1. Debussy, Massenet and Honegger


2014 — Live & in Concert Vol. 2. Music by J. S. Bach and Richard Wagner

Theodora Hanslowe, mezzo-soprano

Theodora Hanslowe, mezzo-soprano

World Premiere Performance,  Westchester Philharmonic, Mark Mandarano conductor, Paul Dunkel Flute   New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall,  American Composers Orchestra, Mark Mandarano, conductor, Paul Dunkel, flute   World Premiere Recording,  Westchester Philharmonic, Mark Mandarano, conductor, Paul Dunkel, flute, Bridge Records    Voted “Best of Year” by the Sunday Times, London     “Simply Spectacular”    Melinda Wagner's Pulitzer Prize-winning Flute Concerto receives its premiere recording by the commissioning artists in this generally excellent performance. The sheer sound of this piece is utterly beguiling. The extraordinary slow movement reveals the composer's gift for sustaining interest over a lengthy span of intensely quiet music, and the orchestral performance there, as well as in the two quicker parts, is simply spectacular. —  Classics Today, David Hurwitz   “Immaculate”    Here, the string playing is warm and clear, the difficult rhythmic counterpoint kept immaculately clean by Mandarano. —  New Jersey Star-Ledger, Willa Conrad   “A Brilliant Performance”    The Concerto for flute, strings and percussion by Melinda Wagner receives a brilliant performance. —  TEMPO, Guy Richards   “Exemplary”    The performance is exemplary: hats off to Bridge for permitting the concerto’s premiering soloist and orchestra the chance to record the piece. —  FANFARE, Stephen Ellis

World Premiere Performance, Westchester Philharmonic, Mark Mandarano conductor, Paul Dunkel Flute

New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall, American Composers Orchestra, Mark Mandarano, conductor, Paul Dunkel, flute

World Premiere Recording, Westchester Philharmonic, Mark Mandarano, conductor, Paul Dunkel, flute, Bridge Records

Voted “Best of Year” by the Sunday Times, London

“Simply Spectacular”

Melinda Wagner's Pulitzer Prize-winning Flute Concerto receives its premiere recording by the commissioning artists in this generally excellent performance. The sheer sound of this piece is utterly beguiling. The extraordinary slow movement reveals the composer's gift for sustaining interest over a lengthy span of intensely quiet music, and the orchestral performance there, as well as in the two quicker parts, is simply spectacular. — Classics Today, David Hurwitz

“Immaculate”

Here, the string playing is warm and clear, the difficult rhythmic counterpoint kept immaculately clean by Mandarano. — New Jersey Star-Ledger, Willa Conrad

“A Brilliant Performance”

The Concerto for flute, strings and percussion by Melinda Wagner receives a brilliant performance. — TEMPO, Guy Richards

“Exemplary”

The performance is exemplary: hats off to Bridge for permitting the concerto’s premiering soloist and orchestra the chance to record the piece. — FANFARE, Stephen Ellis

As assistant conductor


Over the years, I have assisted orchestras, composers, conductors and the production team for a number of recordings.

For these others, I was not, strictly speaking, a part of the recordings, but I did work with Leon when he performed these pieces in New York prior to the recordings of these works in London.