The top brass players in the World
Mike Pouchak (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA | 12/14/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are many different types of brass music available. This collection of works by Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi represent the highest calling of an art form, the ultimate expression of music. Since I am a brass player, the players listed from the other orchestra brass sections is a who's who of world class brass musicians: Phillip Smith , Principal Trumpet NYP, Charles Schleuter, Principal Trumpet BSO, Charles Kavalovski, Principal French Horn, BSO, and so on and so on. I personally think the Canadian Brass are excellent classically-trained musicians who have overdone their popular mass appeal formula just too many times, worn into the orchestra tour circuit like an obnoxious, catchy popular music tune. If they desire to, they have the ability to produce some of the best serious brass music available, as clean and pure as the best of the top orchestra's brass elite, as this CD demonstrates. The Vespers of the Blessed Virgin represents some of the finest brass playing and arranging known, with colors and balances fresh with new meaning everytime I hear them. This CD is the favorite CD in my entire collection, and I very much recommend this CD as a fine collection to any library. Although copyrighted 1989, this CBS Masterworks recording is truly "timeless" in its appeal."
M. C. Colver | henderson, nv United States | 03/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you will scroll up and take a peek at the image of the album cover you will see a nice, pretty ribbon and seal strung across the top right corner of this album. This is the CBS Masterworks "Seal of Approval," so to speak. This is Sony Classical's way of saying "Buy this album- we think it's really special." When I see that seal I immediatley buy the album, whether it be a Mozart or a Gabrieli. I have always, always been pleased with their recommendations and this album is no exception."