Notes & Reviews:
Since its founding in 1985, the Dallas Wind Symphony, led by Artistic Director and Conductor Jerry Junkin, has become one of the world's top professional wind ensembles, providing a standard against which other bands measure excellence. Soaring lyricism, especially in the solo trumpet part, characterizes each of the three richly scored lyrical sections of Fisher Tull's Rhapsody for Trumpet and Band (1980), which surround two faster, more technically demanding portions of the work. Harry Begian (1921-2010) created the transcription of the first movement of Reinhold Glière's Concerto for Coloratura Soprano for a 1983 University of Illinois Symphonic Band concert. The movement is characteristically Russian, full of long, brooding phrases juxtaposed against upwardly spinning melodies. Receiving its world premiere recording, Brett William Dietz's Redshift is full of color, contrast and fast-paced drama. The work contains a great amount of interplay between the trumpet soloist and ensemble, and prominently features the percussion section. Two additional works, Rachmaninov's Vocalise and a second by Fisher Tull (Concerto No. 2 for Trumpet and Band), round out this disc.
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
And then there is Redshift (2009), by Brett Dietz. Like the Tull pieces, Redshift asks for virtuosity and very high notes from trumpeter Shaw, and he has plenty of both. Able work by Dallas Wind Symphony.
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