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Symphonia Super Sampler - works by Shostakovich, Durufle, James Self, Berlioz, John Williams, Johnny Mercer et al. / Symphonia

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> Festive Overture, Op. 96 (arr. J. Oliver) - Festive Overture, Op. 96 (arr. J. Oliver)
> Ubi caritas, Op. 10 - Dance (arr. R.W. Morris and K.D. Wilson) - Ubi caritas, Op. 10 - Dance (arr. R.W. Morris and K.D. Wilson)
> Yorkshire Ballad - Yorkshire Ballad
> Tubamobile - Tubamobile
> Talisman - Talisman
> Tangents, Op. 109 - Tangents, Op. 109
> The Furies - The Furies
> La Morte dell' Oom (No Pah Intended) - La Morte dell' Oom (No Pah Intended)
> Seguidillas - Seguidillas
> Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (arr. T. Fiegel) - Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14: V. Songe d'un nuit de Sabbat (Dream of a Witches' Sabbath) (arr. T. Fiegel)
> 1941 (arr. T. Fiegel) - 1941: The March (arr. T. Fiegel)
> Freedom - Freedom
> Les feuilles mortes (Autumn Leaves) (arr. R. Perry) - Les feuilles mortes (Autumn Leaves) (arr. R. Perry)

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
>Barnes, James : Yorkshire Ballad
>George, Thom Ritter : Tubamobile, for ensemble
>Stevens, John [Conductor] : Talisman, for 4 tubas or euphoniums
>Barnes, James : Tangents, for brass ensemble, Op. 109
>Corwell, Neal : The Furies, for ensemble
>Self, James : La Morte dell' Oom (No Pah Intended), for tuba or euphonium ensemble & percussion
>Fore, Aldo Rafael : Seguidillas, for ensemble
>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
>Williams, John : 1941
>Feldman, Hank C. : Freedom, for ensemble
>Kosma, Joseph : Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes), for voice & piano
Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Morris and Watson first organized this 20 piece ensemble in 1995. It is formed of some of America's most legendary performers of the tuba and euphonium. Symphonia is dedicated to proving that these frequently underestimated instruments are as beautiful as any others.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
It's all good. Shostakovich's Festive Overture is a great opener that shows individual and group virtuosity as well as the massive sound produced by about 16 low-brass players plus percussion. Duruflé's 'Ubi Caritas', here as deeply sonorous as it can be, leads directly and Wilke Renwick's lively Dance. Other transcriptions are James Barnes's 'Yorkshire Ballad', Berlioz's 'Dream of a Witches Sabbath', and John Williams's rollicking '1941 March'. Original works are Barnes's Tangents, Thom Ritter George's Tubamobile, John Stevens's Talisman, Neil Corwell's Furies, Jim Self's hilariously titled La Morte dell'Oom (No Pah Intended), Aldo Forte's 'Seguidillas', and Hank Feldman's jazzy 'Freedom'. Improvised solos and mellow sounds are heard in the jazz standard 'Autumn Leaves'. These are some of the best players around, so if you're interested, you won't find a better album.



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
  • Conductor: R. Morris
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1954

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
  • Conductor: R. Morris
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1960

>Barnes, James : Yorkshire Ballad
  • Conductor: Scott Watson
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>George, Thom Ritter : Tubamobile, for ensemble
  • Conductor: R. Morris
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Stevens, John [Conductor] : Talisman, for 4 tubas or euphoniums
  • Conductor: R. Morris
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Barnes, James : Tangents, for brass ensemble, Op. 109
  • Conductor: Scott Watson
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Corwell, Neal : The Furies, for ensemble
  • Conductor: R. Morris
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Self, James : La Morte dell' Oom (No Pah Intended), for tuba or euphonium ensemble & percussion
  • Conductor: R. Morris
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Fore, Aldo Rafael : Seguidillas, for ensemble
  • Conductor: R. Morris
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 11/1995

>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 :: Dream of a Witches Sabbath
  • Conductor: R. Morris
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 04/1830

>Williams, John : 1941 :: March
  • Conductor: R. Morris
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Feldman, Hank C. : Freedom, for ensemble
  • Conductor: R. Morris
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.

>Kosma, Joseph : Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes), for voice & piano
  • Conductor: R. Morris
  • Ensemble: Symphonia (Tuba Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947