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Discography

Tom Lobo: Being Alive (Sondheim & Herman)

ON SALE NOW AT CD BABY ABOUT THIS ALBUM Album Notes Tom Lobo, with Albert Combrink at the Piano, in ”BEING ALIVE”. The Greatest Broadway Songs You Probably Never Heard. To select material for this CD was simple. Ever since I entered the theatre at age 13 for the first time, to work as a […]

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Tom Lobo, with Albert Combrink at the Piano, in ”BEING ALIVE”.

The Greatest Broadway Songs You Probably Never Heard.

To select material for this CD was simple. Ever since I entered the theatre at age 13 for the first time, to work as a stagehand during my vacations, the musical theater has been my favorite world.

In that world, two brilliant American composers/lyricists, stand out, Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman. Their contribution to musical theatre is unparalleled.

Stephen Sondheim is, according to Cameron Mackintosh, possibly the greatest lyricist ever. Among Sondheim’s work: ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’, ‘Company’, ‘Follies’, ‘A Little Night Music’, ‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ and ‘Into the Woods’. He also wrote the lyrics for ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Gypsy’.

Jerry Herman on the other hand, is perceived as the poet of the show tune. Among his work ‘Milk and Honey’, ‘Hello Dolly!’, ‘Mame’, ‘Dear World’, ‘Mack & Mabel’ and ‘La Cage aux Folles’.

I want to celebrate their genius, and collaborated with pianist Albert Combrink to develop our own sound. Songs from Broadway shows are usually presented as part of a story, by an actor, who plays a role, on a stage, under rich lighting, with scenery, in a costume and accompanied by a full orchestra.

On a CD the dynamics are vastly different. Thus we decided to present you with the essence of each song, a (trained) voice and a grand piano.

Since all songs are about love, they are pretty dramatic anyway. They are not ”baby baby songs”, because, in Sondheim’s words:

”I’m attracted to volatile characters, because they’re the stuff of drama, and when they explode in song, it allows the songwriter to veer off unexpectedly in many directions, echoing the disorder in the character’s mind… and they come with a bonus: such songs are meat for actors”.

May I suggest, tongue-in-cheek, that Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman and myself, being Jewish and gay, identify with those ‘lively characters’ more than we are willing to admit?

Come to think of it, another lively character is gifted concert pianist Albert Combrink. He is the ultimate ‘accompianist’, creating his own sound, while devouring cookies and chocolate and being generally supportive. A true partner in music, and since, a close friend.

Sound engineer Duncan Mackay was the third performer and set of ears in the studio. He sold millions of discs as performer and keyboard player (10CC, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, and much more). His walls are covered with golden records, so he kind of knows what works. I hope to end up on his wall too, with your help.

A word of thanks to Louise Howlett, a great soprano in her own right, who subtly guided me toward creating this CD and whose presence and advice in the studio was so welcome!

Well, now it is up to you listeners to judge, and hopefully enjoy!

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CT Tango ensemble: Tango Club

ARTISTS: Stanislav Angelov – Accordion, Bandoneon Albert Combrink – Piano, Keyboard Jacek Domagala  – Violin Charles LAzar – Double Bass GUEST ARTISTS: James Grace – Guitar (Appears courtesy of Stringwise Records) Kevin Gibson – Drums Willie van Zyl – Clarinet , Alto- & Tenor Saxophone Adriana Edwards – Vocals Release date: August 2010 Label: Good […]

Released by Good Music World (www.goodmusic.co.za)

ARTISTS:

Stanislav Angelov – Accordion, Bandoneon
Albert Combrink – Piano, Keyboard
Jacek Domagala  – Violin
Charles LAzar – Double Bass

GUEST ARTISTS:

James Grace – Guitar (Appears courtesy of Stringwise Records)
Kevin Gibson – Drums
Willie van Zyl – Clarinet , Alto- & Tenor Saxophone
Adriana Edwards – Vocals

Release date: August 2010
Label: Good Music Records

Total tracks: 13

Awards: NOMINATED for a SAMA AWARD in the category “Best Instrumental Album” – 2011

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CT Tango Ensemble: El Tango en Africa

ARTISTS: Albert Combrink – Piano Stanislav Angelov – Accordion Jacek Domagala – Violin Basil Heald – Double Bass Violina Anguelov – Mezzo-soprano Dizu Plaatjies – African Instruments Original release Date: June  2003 Original Recording Label: Rhythm Records distrubuted by Bowline Records Rerelease date: 2010 New Recording Label: Good Music. Buy the Album in South Africa […]

ARTISTS:

Albert Combrink – Piano
Stanislav Angelov – Accordion
Jacek Domagala – Violin
Basil Heald – Double Bass
Violina Anguelov – Mezzo-soprano
Dizu Plaatjies – African Instruments

Original release Date: June  2003
Original Recording Label: Rhythm Records distrubuted by Bowline Records
Rerelease date: 2010
New Recording Label: Good Music.

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Read reviews of El Tango en Africa HERE.

Accordions Worldwide, awarded the CD 4 stars out of 5 on an international rating.

Listen to Demo Tracks of the Album HERE.

Night Sessions – Louise Howlett (Vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano)

Artists: Louise Howlett (Vocals) & Albert Combrink (Piano) Recording Enginerr: Duncan MacKay (Down South Recording) Release Date: 10 Juy 2010 Buy MP3’s of the Album on AMAZON. Buy the Album on CDBABY. Read Reviews of the Album HERE. Listen to demo Tracks from Night Sessions HERE. “He is a superb and humble accompanist and does […]

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Artists: Louise Howlett (Vocals) & Albert Combrink (Piano)

Recording Enginerr: Duncan MacKay (Down South Recording)

Release Date: 10 Juy 2010

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He is a superb and humble accompanist and does his part almost unnoticed. Then he can be very flamboyant when he performs with the CT Tango Ensemble. She drifts effortlessly from classical to musicals to jazz. A rewarding Album” – Mariana Malan, Die Burger

“Sweet voice, beautiful piano playing is what you’ll find on this 15 track album of well-known American standards. Interesting arrangements, here, the voice and piano work in complete harmony with each other. It is a perfect album for listening to in the rush hour traffic because at the end of it al your peaceful frame of sanity will remain, no matter how many idiots are causing road rage around you. – Eric Alan,  Radio 2000 Jazz Rendezvous Top South African Jazz Releases 2010

Fine Music Radio 101.3 FM CD of the Week: 21 February 2011

Hendrik Hofmeyr: Sinfonia Africana – Conductor Leslie Dunner

  Soloist: Sabina Mossolow (soprano) Conductor: Leslie B. Dunner Orchestra: Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Choir: Stellenbosch Universiteitskoor (André van der Merwe) Listen to MP3 extracts of this album HERE. Buy this CD HERE.

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Soloist: Sabina Mossolow (soprano)

Conductor: Leslie B. Dunner

Orchestra: Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

Choir: Stellenbosch Universiteitskoor (André van der Merwe)

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Barber & Korngold Violin Concertos: Alexander Gilman (vn) & Perry So (Conductor) – Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

  Buy this album HERE. Buy MP3’s from this album from AMAZON. Performer:  Alexander Gilman Conductor:  Perry So Orchestra:  Capetown Philharmonic  Orchestra Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. Release Date: 28 Feb 2012 Label:  Oehms Classics Catalogue #: 799 Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Franz Waxman,  John T. Williams Listen to MP3 extacts HERE. Read John Puccio’s REVIEW of the […]

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Performer:  Alexander Gilman
Conductor:  Perry So
Orchestra:  Capetown Philharmonic  Orchestra

Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins.
Release Date: 28 Feb 2012
Label:  Oehms Classics
Catalogue #: 799
Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Franz Waxman,  John T. Williams

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Read John Puccio’s REVIEW of the Album HERE.
“With the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the participants do the music proud.”

Winner: Diapason d’Or Award

Financial Times Germany: CD of the Week

Read Lawrence Hanson’s REVIEW in the American Record Guide HERE.

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Alfred Schnittke Concerto Grosso #1 (Bis1727) – Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes

  Soloists: Sharon Bezaly (flute), Christopher Cowie (oboe), Grant Brasler (harpsichord) & Albert Combrink (piano) Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes Orchestra:  Capetown Philharmonic  Orchestra Release Date: 28 July 2009 Recording Label: BIS  Catalogue #:  1727 Composer Alfred Schnittke Listen to MP3 extracts of this album HERE. Buy this album from Amazon HERE. or Arkivmusic HERE. Read a […]

Schnittke Concerto Grosso #1

 

Soloists: Sharon Bezaly (flute), Christopher Cowie (oboe), Grant Brasler (harpsichord) & Albert Combrink (piano)
Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
Orchestra:  Capetown Philharmonic  Orchestra
Release Date: 28 July 2009
Recording Label: BIS 
Catalogue #:  1727
Composer Alfred Schnittke

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Read a James Leonard’s review of this album HERE.

“…the soloists here are brilliant.” –
James Leonard: Allmusic Guide

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra performs this opulent score in Technicolor’ wrote the reviewer in the French magazine Diapason while his colleague in American Record Guide remarked that ‘the South African orchestra plays its heart out, with the score favoring its very good brass section. JPC Magazine