Notes & Reviews:
Orchestrations and originals from around the world, from Bach to Bernstein, as well as Alfred Reed's colorful Armenian Dances and Taiwanese composer Chia-Ying Chiang's mysterious and beautiful recent composition A Chasing after the Wind.
American Record Guide, July/August 2013
The release from the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble consists of concert recordings from three halls over three years, so the readings vary in sound and quality. Quality varies in the ensemble. I enjoy Andrew Rindfleisch's kaleidoscopic Mr Atlas (2006) and both of the pieces by Scott McAllister: the contemplative Love Songs (2010) and the three very contrasting movements of Popcopy (2008) - the wacky 'More Cowbell!', the dreamy 'One Time at Band Camp', and the 'Serenity Now!' with its references to famous band pieces.
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Duke Ellington: Tone Poems - Black, Brown & Beige; Harlem; The River; Take the "A" Train / Sal Andolina, clarinet; Amy Licata, violin
Eugen D'Albert: Prologue to 'Tiefland', Op. 34; Symphony in F, Op. 4 / Jun Markl
Eugene Zador (1894-1977): Elegie & Dance; Oboe Concerto; Studies for Orchestra / Laszlo Hadady, oboe
Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos in E minor & D minor; Violin Sonata, Op. 4 / Tianwa Yang, violin; Romain Decharmes, piano
Sousa: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 11 / Keith Brion, Band of the Royal Swedish Navy
Georges Onslow: Sonatas for cello & piano nos 1-3 / Maria Kliegel, cello; Nina Tichman, piano
Villa-Lobos: Symphony No. 3 'War'; Symphony No. 4 'Victory' / Isaac Karabtchevsky
Leonard Bernstein: Transcriptions for Wind Band - On the Waterfront; On The Town; Candide et al. / University of South Carolina Wind Ens.
Sousa: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 12 / The royal Swedish Navy Band. Brion