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Postby ZMan » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:04 am

What are some of the famous New York Phil recordings when Deck was principal tubist?
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Re: Warren Deck recordings

Postby russiantuba » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:26 am

Mussorgsky—Pictures at an Exhibition and Night on Bald Mountain under Sinopoli (Deck does Bydlo on his Alexander F tuba).

Copland Symphony no 3 under Bernstein—one of the best brass recordings of all time IMO
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Postby UncleBeer » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:48 am

Holst "Planets" under Mehta on Teldec. Comes as close as I know to capturing the breadth and grandeur of Warren's sound.
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Re: Warren Deck recordings

Postby Bill Troiano » Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:44 am

Warren was my guest artist for my Tuba Day event on LI back in 1984. In his recital/demo/clinic to the audience, after playing a few solos, he talked about playing in an orchestra and then he played and discussed some excerpts. We were in an all purpose room that year - a combination cafeteria, gym and school assembly room with very live acoustics. He talked about playing the Ride and how because of where it is written in the tuba range, and as loud as he can play this excerpt, he said you won't hear it in the orchestra. Well, he corked off and blew the crxp out of it. It was amazing. He said they just recorded a Wagner CD and it recently became available in the stores. So, I went to some record store and found it. He was wrong about not being able to hear him play it.

The recording is: Wagner, Der Ring Des Nibelungen, New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta. It's on CBS Sony Masterworks.
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Re: Warren Deck recordings

Postby the elephant » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:43 am

This is my favorite. Kurt Masur, NYPO, Bruckner 4 (1993) — This has some stunning playing on it from everyone in the back row.

It disappeared for years and has become hard to find today, so I did it for you. Thank the gods of digital recording for Arkiv Music! Here you go! 8)

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Re: Warren Deck recordings

Postby doublebuzzing » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:12 pm

Most of the Masur recordings should be avoided as apparently he didn't like the low brass very much and their sound is very muted on most of the recordings. Shame because they recorded some great pieces.
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Re: Warren Deck recordings

Postby jtuba » Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:32 pm

Having been in school in NJ/NYC during this tenure, the sound in the hall was much different than the sound of the recordings for sure
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Re: Warren Deck recordings

Postby daktx2 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:56 pm

A few favorites:

The sound Deck makes in Highlights from the Ring (incredibly cheap on Amazon) is a big part of why I ended up majoring in music.

A free example of this set of musicians playing Wagner on tour, complete with some awesome closeups of the brass is here.

A fun and unusual one is Masur, Liszt, and Kodaly.

I'm also a big fan of Deck's playing on Prokofiev 5 with Masur conducting. I'm pretty sure this is the CD.
There's a pirated version of a live performance of NY doing this (also Alpine Symphony) from around this era that some people on this forum ( :lol: ) might have as well.

Everyone loves "Deck Special", which is him and I belive Houston's trombone section playing orchestral excerpts in a masterclass. This is another one that can be obtained from some people on this forum ( :lol: )
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