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David Maslanka: A Carl Sandburg Reader

Album Summary

>Maslanka, David : Procession of the Academics, for wind ensemble
>Archer, Kimberly : Symphony no 3, for wind ensemble
>Maslanka, David : A Carl Sandberg Reader, for soprano, tenor, narrator & band
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

This most recent recording from the ever-adventurous Illinois State University Wind Symphony includes a new work by David Maslanka using poems by Illinois native Carl Sandburg. The 11 poems tell both an American, and a very deep human story. Maslanka brought folk songs from the Ruth Crawford Seeger collection into the music enhancing the American spirit of the work. The other major work, Symphony No. 3, is by Kimberly Archer, a former student of Maslanka's and currently an assistant professor of composition at Southern Illinois University.

"Throughout the entire disc, the Illinois State Wind Symphony plays extraordinarily well, thus maintaining the extremely high standard of performance it has established on previous releases. The recording, however, is hampered by poor balance in A Carl Sandburg Reader, where the speaker is brought very much forward yet the singers are recessed back into the ensemble texture, at times making it difficult to hear them clearly. And in the symphony, the percussion frequently obliterates the excellent playing by the woodwinds and brass. Nonetheless, if you are a fan of Maslanka you will want this disc for the Sandburg work and you'll probably also have a positive reaction to the Archer as well." - Merlin Patterson, Fanfare

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, Illinois S.



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Works Details

>Maslanka, David : Procession of the Academics, for wind ensemble
  • Conductor: Stephen Steele
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Archer, Kimberly : Symphony no 3, for wind ensemble
  • Conductor: Stephen Steele
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 29 min. 45 sec.
  • Written: 2007
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Maslanka, David : A Carl Sandberg Reader, for soprano, tenor, narrator & band
  • Performers: John Koch (Tenor Viola); Tracy Koch (Tenor Viola)
  • Conductor: Stephen Steele
  • Running Time: 38 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006