Notes & Reviews:
Alec Wilder was a major figure in the New York music world, equally at home writing for ballet and opera, or composing songs for Tommy Dorsey, authoring concertos or pop standards for Frank Sinatra. He was a composer who managed to bridge the worlds of serious and popular music, jazz and classical, the concert hall and the dance hall, maintaining credibility in all these areas. This second recording of Wilder's music for brass by Charles Tibbetts includes two suites for horn, tuba and piano; a world premiere recording of Wilder's Suite for Clarinet, Horn and Piano and a Jazz Suite for Four Horns, Harpsichord, Guitar, Bass and Drums.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Tibbetts gave Suite 2 (1971) its first performance in 1972. I really enjoy the piece. If III in Suite 1 is my favorite movement on this album, Suite 2 is my favorite complete piece. III is the most infectious movement, but I also enjoy how IV wanders and meanders and dallies, sings eloquently, and ends poignantly.
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