Flagello: Symphony No. 2 'Symphony Of The Winds'; Rosner: Symphony No. 8 'Trinity' / Houston University Wind Ens.

> Odyssey, Op. 74 - Odyssey, Op. 74
> Valse Noire, Op. 45b (arr. W. Simmons for saxophone quartet) - Valse Noire, Op. 45b (arr. W. Simmons for saxophone quartet)
> Symphony No. 2, Op. 63, "Symphony of the Winds" - I. Moderato comodo: The Torrid Winds of Veiled Portents
> Symphony No. 2, Op. 63, "Symphony of the Winds" - II. Aria: Dark Winds of Lonely Contemplation
> Symphony No. 2, Op. 63, "Symphony of the Winds" - III. Fuga: The Winds of Re-birth and Vitality
> Concerto Sinfonico, Op. 77b (arr. M. Patterson for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble) - I. Allegro non troppo
> Concerto Sinfonico, Op. 77b (arr. M. Patterson for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble) - II. Lento movendo: quasi alla barcarola
> Concerto Sinfonico, Op. 77b (arr. M. Patterson for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble) - III. Allegro giusto
> Symphony No. 8, Op. 84, "Trinity" - I. Ave Maria
> Symphony No. 8, Op. 84, "Trinity" - II. Le Rondeau du Monsieur le Diable
> Symphony No. 8, Op. 84, "Trinity" - III. Pythagoras

Album Summary

>Flagello, Nicolas : Odyssey
>Flagello, Nicolas : Valse Noire
>Flagello, Nicolas : Symphony no 2, "Symphony of the Winds"
>Flagello, Nicolas : Concerto Sinfonico, for saxophone quartet & orchestra
>Rosner, Arnold : Symphony no 8, Op. 84 ("Trinity")
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Nicolas Flagello's traditional lateromantic musical values and powerfully emotional and spiritual expressiveness are explored deeply in this program, from the grimly funereal Odyssey to his intensely somber and turbulent Symphony No 2 and a new arrangement of the dark and tempestuous Concerto Sinfonico, his last completed work. Transcribed for saxophones, Valse Noire was originally a test piece for accordion. Arnold Rosner's superbly crafted and highly individual works draw on archaic models, the Symphony No 8 engaging us from a position of meditative devotion and majestic mysticism. The University of Houston Wind Ensemble has been admired for its 'striking lightness and delicacy' (ClassicsToday.com on Vittorio Giannini's Symphony No 3 (8.570130)).

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Excellent readings of serious works for wind band, plus an arrangement for saxophone quartet. The Amherst Saxophone Quartet commissioned Flagello's Concerto Sinfonico and gave its first performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic in 1985. Merlin Patterson, who has arranged many orchestral works for University of Houston bands, did this setting in 2005. The very beautiful, three-movement, 21-minute piece, is a dramatic work where the saxophones - either as a group or individually - are often heard as the main voice. The album also includes Flagello's six-minute 'Valse Noire', originally composed as 'Introduction and Scherzo' for accordion in 1964, then arranged by Walter Simmons for saxophone quartet in 2004. In both pieces, the University of Houston Saxophone Quartet plays with commendable blend and balance, technical skill, and feeling. One of the best things about the University of Houston Wind Ensemble is that trumpets and trombones never force things, never make edgy, piercing sounds. Excellent playing by all.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Texas, U (2010-05-01_2010-05-04&2011-).



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Works Details

>Flagello, Nicolas : Odyssey
  • Conductor: David Bertman
  • Ensemble: University of Houston Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Texas, USA (05/01/2010-05/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1981

>Flagello, Nicolas : Valse Noire
  • Ensemble: University of Houston Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Texas, USA (05/01/2010-05/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1964

>Flagello, Nicolas : Symphony no 2, "Symphony of the Winds"
  • Conductor: David Bertman
  • Ensemble: University of Houston Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Texas, USA (05/01/2010-05/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Flagello, Nicolas : Concerto Sinfonico, for saxophone quartet & orchestra
  • Conductor: David Bertman
  • Ensemble: University of Houston Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Texas, USA (05/12/2011-05/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Rosner, Arnold : Symphony no 8, Op. 84 ("Trinity")
  • Conductor: David Bertman
  • Ensemble: University of Houston Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Texas, USA (05/01/2010-05/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1988