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Winds of Nagual - Dvorák, Gillingham, Rimsky-Korsakov, et al

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> Serenade in E major, Op. 22 (arr. R.C. Mikkelson) - I. Moderato
> Serenade in E major, Op. 22 (arr. R.C. Mikkelson) - II. Tempo di Valse
> Serenade in E major, Op. 22 (arr. R.C. Mikkelson) - III. Scherzo
> Serenade in E major, Op. 22 (arr. R.C. Mikkelson) - IV. Larghetto
> Serenade in E major, Op. 22 (arr. R.C. Mikkelson) - V. Finale
> No Shadow of Turning - No Shadow of Turning
> Winds of Nagual - I. The Desert: Don Juan emerges from the mountains
> Winds of Nagual - II. Carlos meets Don Juan: first conversation
> Winds of Nagual - III. Don Genaro appears
> Winds of Nagual - IV. Don Genaro satirizes Carlos
> Winds of Nagual - V. Carlos stares at the water and becomes a bubble
> Winds of Nagual - VI. The gait of power
> Winds of Nagual - VII. Asking twilight for calmness and power
> Winds of Nagual - VIII. Don Juan clowns for Carlos
> Winds of Nagual - IX. Last conversation and farewell
> Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57 (arr. D. Hunsberger) - The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumble-Bee (arr. D. Hunsberger for band)

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Serenade for Strings
>Gillingham, David : No Shadow of Turning, for band
>Colgrass, Michael : Winds of Nagual
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Flight of the Bumblebee
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This nicely programmed and expertly performed disc will be of interest to wind ensemble fans primarily for the imaginative and colorful score by Michael Colgrass. Titled Winds of Nagual, it's a series of little tone pictures or "scenes" depicting characters and incidents from the writings of Carlos Castaneda, specifically "the tales of his experiences in Mexico with a Yaqui Indian sorcerer named Don Juan Matisse." Colgrass offers a thoroughly entertaining drama that has the thematic interest and evocative qualities of good film music--although this work is more cohesive in its more or less continuous, seamless flow from one section to the next. Most impressive are the appropriately forceful "The gait of power" and the intricately drawn, sensuously woven lines of "Asking twilight for calmness and power". "Don Juan clowns for Carlos" is definitely goofy and lighthearted, but the jumpy, irregular rhythms are not managed with ideal precision. There are moments where we might think we're listening to an Alban Berg score, and others where John Williams briefly appears, and in the final section we might think of a kind of demented Great Gate of Kiev--but Colgrass ultimately proves a master of his medium, seemingly utilizing every instrument to its maximum colorful and characterful effect David Gillingham's elaborate realization of the tune "Great is Thy Faithfulness", one of the great standards of American Protestant hymnody, makes a powerful statement and is a worthy tribute to its dedicatee, Ohio State University Bands secretary Lois Brock. The work's lively middle section makes a knowing reference to the university's famed marching band's acclaimed sound and highly polished routines. Finally, Donald Hunsberger's transcription of Flight of the Bumblebee shows just how accomplished the members of this college band are. In a work that requires uniform, unfaltering precision from all the group's members, we hear not a flaw or flub. These musicians really did practice their chromatic runs to the extreme!" -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Serenade for Strings
  • Performer: Ohio (Symphonia)
  • Conductor: Russel Mikkelson
  • Ensemble: Ohio State University Wind Symphony
  • Running Time: 27 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gillingham, David : No Shadow of Turning, for band
  • Performer: Ohio (Symphonia)
  • Conductor: Russel Mikkelson
  • Ensemble: Ohio State University Wind Symphony
  • Notes: Weigel Auditorium, The Ohio State University (02/04/2006-02/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Colgrass, Michael : Winds of Nagual
  • Performer: Ohio (Symphonia)
  • Conductor: Russel Mikkelson
  • Ensemble: Ohio State University Wind Symphony
  • Notes: Weigel Auditorium, The Ohio State University (02/04/2006-02/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Flight of the Bumblebee
  • Performer: Ohio (Symphonia)
  • Conductor: Russel Mikkelson
  • Ensemble: Ohio State University Wind Symphony
  • Notes: Weigel Auditorium, The Ohio State University (02/04/2006-02/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901