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Imperial Fanfares
Antonio Salieri, Austrian Anonymous, Bartholomaus Riedl
Imperial Fanfares
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Classical


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And now, honored ladies and gentlemen, may we present...!
J Scott Morrison | Middlebury VT, USA | 07/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is what you'd have to call a specialty CD. It consists entirely of fanfares--nothing but fanfares--some of them as short as 10 seconds long. An interesting idea for a CD, perhaps, but I would guess it is primarily for directors of costume dramas, period pieces, and ceremonies of various sorts.There are 76 fanfares on the disc covering composers ranging from Monteverdi to a trio of modern composers, all of the latter associated with the CD itself. They are played by an outfit called 'The Art of the Trumpet,' a coalescence of 24 Austrian trumpeters and a couple of timpanists (and on occasion a single trombone). Some of the fanfares use the whole group, there are others for solo trumpet, and for all combinations in between. They are led by a trumpeter from Vienna named Leonhard Leeb who is not only one of the trumpeters but also one of the composers--the other two modern composers are Leon Bolten and Joel Modart (I almost typed 'Mozart' but no!...). Other composers include Salieri, Lully, Biber, J.H. Schmelzer, Pezel (often spelled Petzel here in America), Philidor (yes, the chess master of that name), Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and the multi-talented A. Nony Mous. The performances are appropriately stirring, ceremonial, attention-grabbing, even mournful (one, Bolten's 'Wrapped in Mystery,' was dedicated to the victims of the World Trade Center tragedy of September 11, 2001). I would strongly suggest you not listen to the whole CD at one sitting--actually, it's hard to imagine anyone would--because too much B flat can fry your brain unless you yourself are a brass player or bagpiper. For what it is, though, this CD is excellent.Review by Scott Morrison"
A little too much and poor sound quality
Aaron Breer | 11/09/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Even though this was recorded just a couple of years ago the sound quality is not that good. It sounds like it was recorded in the 70s and outside with the microphones far away. There is nothing too deep here and all the fanfares are fairly short, just lasting a few seconds it seems. I got tired of this pretty quickly and it doesn't stand up to repeated listenings and to be honest a lot of the stuff on here sounds the same. The performances are ok, but nothing special, they sound kind of flat, and they don't really do anything to make this sound exciting like it should. Maybe if the performance and sound was better I would of enjoyed this more."
Very enjoyable collection
Ken Cybulska | New York, NY | 12/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've been listening repeatedly to this regal collection of Imperial Fanfares for two days now. I have to say that I have a strong taste for pomp and regal imperial musical scores, and I love it. Admittedly the recording studio sound quality leaves something to be desired. But the content! Magnifique! Tasteful and wonderful!

Four star rating.

Ken Cybulska"