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Trendsetters: Music For Wind Band
The Peabody Concervatory Wind Ensemble
Trendsetters: Music For Wind Band
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Classical
 
The Peabody Conservatory Wind — Ensemble's 150th Anniversary album — Collage (8.570430) and its acclaimed — recording of the Carmina Burana Suite and — other works (8.570242) have secured its — reputation as belonging 'among th...  more »

     
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All Artists: The Peabody Concervatory Wind Ensemble
Title: Trendsetters: Music For Wind Band
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: NAXOS WIND BAND
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 7/28/2009
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Classical
Styles: Swing Jazz, Marches, Chamber Music, Forms & Genres, Theatrical, Incidental & Program Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 747313224272

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Product Description
The Peabody Conservatory Wind
Ensemble's 150th Anniversary album
Collage (8.570430) and its acclaimed
recording of the Carmina Burana Suite and
other works (8.570242) have secured its
reputation as belonging 'among the very
top wind bands in the US' (Fanfare). With
this addition to Naxos's popular Wind
Band Classics series the Ensemble explores
the music of four musical trendsetters
Hindemith, whose exhilarating Symphony
convinced other leading composers that the
wind band is a legitimate medium for
serious music; Holst, whose First Suite is
regarded as a cornerstone of the band
repertoire; Schwantner, whose ...and the
mountains rising nowhere calls for
amplified contrabass, piano and 46
percussion instruments; and Grainger,
whose Lincolnshire Posy is considered a
pinnacle among his folk-music settings.
 

CD Reviews

Excellent performance, ordinary interpretations
Douglass Shands | Austin, TX USA | 09/15/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Trendsetters, Music for Wind Band presents four standards of the wind band repertorie performed by one of the excellent wind bands in the Naxos stable. Unfortunately, the interpretations are rather ordinary. Hindemith's "Symphony in B-flat" lacks the bite of other performances. The shrill sounds of clarinets playing in the high register are not allowed to cut through the texture as they are in the Eastman Wind Ensemble's classic recording.
Holst's "First Suite for Military Band" is here almost one minute longer than other recordings. The slow performance takes the life out of the piece.
Schwantner's monumental "...and the mountains rising from nowhere" is the best performance on the CD. The percussion is allowed to shine through with out being overwhelming.
Grainger's "Lincolnshire Posey" is given an adequate, but not outstanding, performance.
The Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble has outstanding instrumentalists and has two pervious CDs released on Naxos that are five star rated. Their conductor Harlan D. Parker should realize that recordings of standards are the most difficult because reviewers have plenty of other recordings with which to compare.
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