Sound the Bells! American Premières for Brass / The Bay Brass

Audio Samples

>Williams, John : Sound the Bells!, fanfare for brass & percussion (or orchestra)
>Williams, John : Fanfare for a Festive Occasion, for brass & percussion
>Williams, John : Aloft! To the Royal Masthead! for brass & percussion
>Thomas, Michael Tilson : Street Song for brass
>Lauridsen, Morten : Fanfare for brass sextet
>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
>Broughton, Bruce : Fanfares, Marches, Hymns & Finale, for brass & percussion
>Puts, Kevin : Elegy for brass
>Hiltzik, Scott : Spirals, for brass & percussion

Album Summary

>Williams, John : Sound the Bells!, fanfare for brass & percussion (or orchestra)
>Williams, John : Fanfare for a Festive Occasion, for brass & percussion
>Williams, John : Aloft! To the Royal Masthead! for brass & percussion
>Thomas, Michael Tilson : Street Song for brass
>Lauridsen, Morten : Fanfare for brass sextet
>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
>Broughton, Bruce : Fanfares, Marches, Hymns & Finale, for brass & percussion
>Puts, Kevin : Elegy for brass
>Hiltzik, Scott : Spirals, for brass & percussion
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Notes & Reviews:

San Francisco-based ensemble The Bay Brass presents a showcase of American music both rousing and moving with these first recordings of recent works by John Williams, Michael Tilson Thomas, Morten Lauridsen and others. The Bay Brass was founded in 1995 and is composed of brass players from the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading performing organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. The group prides itself on the diversity of its programming, combining the traditional brass repertory with jazz and other contemporary styles and featuring a mix of large-scale symphonic brass ensemble works and compositions for smaller combinations of players. The album’s recording engineer is Sean Murphy, an Oscar and Emmy award winning mixer/engineer who has worked on hit films such as Saving Private Ryan, Titanic, The Green Hornet and many others.

"whatever the demands of the music, technical or stylistic, the group meets them with confidence and accuracy...we are in the presence of a polished ensemble that can get your blood racing. Still, in the end what's most striking is their ability to produce such limpid beauty of tone...In sum, a delectable collection, worth hearing even if (or especially if) you don't usually take to brass repertoire." -International Record Review



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Works Details

>Williams, John : Sound the Bells!, fanfare for brass & percussion (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Arthur Storch (Percussion); Doug Rioth (Harp); Jeff Biancalana (Trumpet); Victor Avdienko (Percussion); James Wyatt (Percussion); David Herbert (Percussion); Douglas Hull (Horn); Ray Froelich (Percussion); Thomas Hemphill (Percussion); Marc Shapiro (Piano)
  • Conductor: Alastair Neale
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 05/1993

>Williams, John : Fanfare for a Festive Occasion, for brass & percussion
  • Performers: Ray Froelich (Percussion); Thomas Hemphill (Percussion); Jeff Biancalana (Trumpet); Victor Avdienko (Percussion); James Wyatt (Percussion); David Herbert (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Alastair Neale
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Williams, John : Aloft! To the Royal Masthead! for brass & percussion
  • Performers: Mark Inouye (Trumpet); John King (Trumpet); Jeff Biancalana (Trumpet); Kale Cummings (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Alastair Neale
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Thomas, Michael Tilson : Street Song for brass
  • Performer: Christopher Cooper (Horn)
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lauridsen, Morten : Fanfare for brass sextet
  • Conductor: Robert Ward
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Lauridsen, Morten : O magnum mysterium
  • Performer: Jessica Valeri (Horn)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Budin
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Broughton, Bruce : Fanfares, Marches, Hymns & Finale, for brass & percussion
  • Performers: Ray Froelich (Percussion); James Wyatt (Percussion); Jeff Biancalana (Trumpet); David Herbert (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Bruce Broughton
  • Running Time: 19 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Puts, Kevin : Elegy for brass
  • Performer: Jessica Valeri (Horn)
  • Conductor: Paul Welcomer
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Hiltzik, Scott : Spirals, for brass & percussion
  • Performers: David Herbert (Percussion); Ray Froelich (Percussion); Jessica Valeri (Horn); James Wyatt (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Charles Floyd
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005