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Harmon: Sacred Circle; Vivaldi, Walton, Duruflé, Bernstein, etc / Monumental Brass Quintet

Audio Samples

>Armstrong, Craig : Quintet for Brass "MBW Fanfare"
>Mares, Paul : Tin Roof Blues
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
>     Non vos relinquam orphanos
>Harmon, John : Quintet for Brass "Sacred Circle"
>Jeune, Claude Le : Le Printemps
>     no 2, Revecy venir du printans
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
>     no 1, Ubi caritas
>Walton, William : Henry V
>     Orchestral Suite
>Beiderbecke, Bix : Davenport Blues
>Ellington, Duke : Black, Brown and Beige Suite
>     Come Sunday
>Handy, W.C. : St Louis Blues
>Bernstein, Leonard : Mass
>     A Simple Song
>Bradbury, William B. : Savior, like a shepherd
>Mattern, James : Sonata breve

Album Summary

>Armstrong, Craig : Quintet for Brass "MBW Fanfare"
>Mares, Paul : Tin Roof Blues
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2
>Harmon, John : Quintet for Brass "Sacred Circle"
>Jeune, Claude Le : Le Printemps
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
>Walton, William : Henry V
>Beiderbecke, Bix : Davenport Blues
>Ellington, Duke : Black, Brown and Beige Suite
>Handy, W.C. : St Louis Blues
>Bernstein, Leonard : Mass
>Bradbury, William B. : Savior, like a shepherd
>Mattern, James : Sonata breve
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Monumental Brass Quintet is a prizewinning ensemble of the International Brass Quintet Festival, the Rafael Mendez Competition, and the Baltimore Chamber Music Competition. The MBQ brings its own brand of spirited virtuosity to concert halls across America, and has made numerous radio and television broadcasts. From the works of Vivaldi to Bernstein's historic 'Mass' and John Harmon's "The Sacred Circle" (composed specifically for the MBQ), this recording's diversity is held together by the group's remarkable synergistic energy. Soaring melodies and complex harmonies, together with distinctive texture and brilliant color, are blended in precise balance for powerful performances.



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Works Details

>Armstrong, Craig : Quintet for Brass "MBW Fanfare"
  • Performers: Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet); Michael Parker (Tuba); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn); Gregory Freeman (Trombone)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mares, Paul : Tin Roof Blues
  • Performers: Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet); Michael Parker (Tuba); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn); Gregory Freeman (Trombone); Michael Lowe (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performers: Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn); Michael Parker (Tuba); Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet); Gregory Freeman (Trombone)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1725

>Byrd, William : Gradualia, Volume 2 :: Non vos relinquam orphanos
  • Performers: Gregory Freeman (Trombone); Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn); Michael Parker (Tuba); Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Harmon, John : Quintet for Brass "Sacred Circle"
  • Performers: Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet); Michael Parker (Tuba); Gregory Freeman (Trombone); Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Jeune, Claude Le : Le Printemps :: no 2, Revecy venir du printans
  • Performers: Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet); Michael Parker (Tuba); Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn); Gregory Freeman (Trombone)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1603

>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10 :: no 1, Ubi caritas
  • Performers: Gregory Freeman (Trombone); Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn); Michael Parker (Tuba); Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1960

>Walton, William : Henry V :: Orchestral Suite
  • Performers: Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Gregory Freeman (Trombone); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn); Michael Parker (Tuba); Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Modern

>Beiderbecke, Bix : Davenport Blues
  • Performers: Gregory Freeman (Trombone); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn); Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Michael Parker (Tuba); Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Black, Brown and Beige Suite :: Come Sunday
  • Performers: Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet); Michael Parker (Tuba); Gregory Freeman (Trombone); Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Handy, W.C. : St Louis Blues
  • Performers: Michael Parker (Tuba); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn); Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet); Gregory Freeman (Trombone)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1914

>Bernstein, Leonard : Mass :: A Simple Song
  • Performers: Michael Parker (Tuba); Gregory Freeman (Trombone); Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn); Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1971

>Bradbury, William B. : Savior, like a shepherd
  • Performers: Gregory Freeman (Trombone); Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn); Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet); Michael Parker (Tuba)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Mattern, James : Sonata breve
  • Performers: Gregory Freeman (Trombone); Patrick Whitehead (Trumpet); Michael Lowe (Trumpet); Michael Parker (Tuba); Nicolas Lowe (French Horn)
  • Ensemble: Monumental Brass Quintet
  • Period Time: Contemporary