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Paul Gilson: La Fanfare Wagnerienne - The Extraordinary Lost Collection of Paul Gilson / Guildhall Brass, Crees

Audio Samples

>Gilson, Paul : Scherzo fantastique for brass ensemble
>Gilson, Paul : Fackelzug, for brass ensemble
>Gilson, Paul : Rapsodie & Fantazijstuck for brass ensemble
>Gilson, Paul : Fantaisie for brass ensemble
>Gilson, Paul : Variations symphoniques for brass ensemble
>Gilson, Paul : Rapsodie for brass ensemble

Album Summary

>Gilson, Paul : Scherzo fantastique for brass ensemble
>Gilson, Paul : Fackelzug, for brass ensemble
>Gilson, Paul : Rapsodie & Fantazijstuck for brass ensemble
>Gilson, Paul : Fantaisie for brass ensemble
>Gilson, Paul : Variations symphoniques for brass ensemble
>Gilson, Paul : Rapsodie for brass ensemble
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The first recording ever of this lost work!

At the turn of the twentieth century, Belgian conductor Paul Gilson penned a large-scale suite for brass that was inspired by and a homage to the new brass sound that was invented by Wagner while composing The Ring. This suite covered a wide range of style and theme, and was one of the first brass suites of substance.

These works were performed, but during the course of The Great War they were lost. In 2011 they were re-discovered by Eric Crees - the leading arranger for brass in the UK, principal trombone of the Royal Opera house, a 30-year veteran of the London Symphony Orchestra, and professor at the Guildhall School. He had the first performance of this suite since WWI and subsequently made this world-premiere recording.

Includes extensive notes by Eric Crees: "Between 1894 and 1909, Gilson wrote six substantial pieces for the 'Fanfare Wagnérienne', all beautifully crafted and of an original and diverse style, the longest be¬ing the 'Variations', lasting 20 minutes... I examined the original scores (there being no existing parts), was immensely impressed by the quality and de¬cided to make a performing edition. The task was somewhat herculean, but I feel that these original and fascinating pieces will soon be standard reper¬toire for brass players."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Guildhall School of Music & Drama Music Hall (2011-04-03&2011-01-08_2011-).



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Works Details

>Gilson, Paul : Scherzo fantastique for brass ensemble
  • Conductor: Eric Crees
  • Ensemble: Guildhall Brass
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Gilson, Paul : Fackelzug, for brass ensemble
  • Conductor: Eric Crees
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Gilson, Paul : Rapsodie & Fantazijstuck for brass ensemble
  • Conductor: Eric Crees
  • Notes: Guildhall School of Music & Drama Music Hall (01/08/2011-01/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Gilson, Paul : Fantaisie for brass ensemble
  • Conductor: Eric Crees
  • Notes: Guildhall School of Music & Drama Music Hall (01/08/2011-01/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Gilson, Paul : Variations symphoniques for brass ensemble
  • Conductor: Eric Crees
  • Notes: Guildhall School of Music & Drama Music Hall (01/08/2011-01/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Gilson, Paul : Rapsodie for brass ensemble
  • Conductor: Eric Crees
  • Notes: Guildhall School of Music & Drama Music Hall (01/08/2011-01/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908-1909