Gramophone Magazine features The French Influence: Music for Trumpet and Piano in the April “Sounds of America” section!
“Devotees of orchestral music may know Gerard Schwarz from his activities as a conductor, especially his years as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. But before he took up the baton, he was a superlative trmpeter who served for five years as co-principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic. Recorded in 1971, a year before he joined that orchestra, this disc of short French pieces shows Schwarz to have been a player of remarkable virtuosity and expressive élan. …Schwarz makes the most of these…playing with refined and limber stylishness. He is fortunate to be paired with a pianist of equally tasteful artistry, Kun Woo Paik, a high-school chum who also went on to a noteworthy career.” —Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone