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Luminocity': Illuminating the Music of Giovanni Gabrieli / Messiah College BrassCross; Genevro

Notes & Reviews:

BrassCross is an ensemble comprised of the Messiah College Brass Faculty and selected students from their studios. The purpose of the group is to create a collaborative atmosphere for the study, performance and recording of brass chamber music. In BrassCross, students sit alongside their major professors in the spirit of the ancient master-apprentice arrangements of the early guilds. The personnel listed on this recording represent students from approximately five years of recording. BrassCross was founded in 2009 by William Stowman and Michael Harcrow, and is conducted by Bradley Genevro, Director of Bands at Messiah College. While the group has enjoyed a variety of live performance opportunities, Luminocity is the group's inaugural recording.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
BrassCross is a large brass ensemble of faculty and students at Messiah College (Grantham PA), where there are about 120 music majors. Most of the pieces are canzonas and sonatas by Giovanni Gabrieli, some 4-part, others antiphonal, all played by a large group with tubas doubling at the octave. Still the pieces and the group sound quite good. There is plenty of dynamic contrast, and there is good taste. The program includes Paul Dukas's Fanfare (La Peri) and a couple of stirring new works: Anthony DiLorenzo's 'Luminosity' (2013) and David Diamond's 'Ceremonial Fanfare'.


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