American Tapestry

American Tapestry

by Lone Star Wind Orchestra
     
 

Naxos' Wind Band Classics series has exposed some of the top-notch music-making being achieved by American ensembles in this rather undervalued medium, and this disc, by the Lone Star Wind Orchestra of the University of North Texas (the primary conservatory location in the giant Texas university system), makes a good sampleSee more details below

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Naxos' Wind Band Classics series has exposed some of the top-notch music-making being achieved by American ensembles in this rather undervalued medium, and this disc, by the Lone Star Wind Orchestra of the University of North Texas (the primary conservatory location in the giant Texas university system), makes a good sample purchase for the series. The technical proficiency of the band is startling, as can be heard from the beginning in their flawless rendition of John Williams' ornate arrangement of the "Star-Spangled Banner." The program is likewise accomplished in its thinking. The idea of veteran director Eugene Migliaro Corporon is to break down the wall between familiar music and contemporary compositions by bludgeoning it: he juxtaposes universal standards lke "Rhapsody in Blue" and the "Washington Post March" with newly composed music, mostly by composers with some connection to North Texas. The vaguely funky "Radiant Joy" of Steven Bryant may be the most persuasive of these, but the general method of getting audiences to listen to something new seems sound in any case. The suite from Howard Hanson's "Merry Mount" is a fine orchestral work that did not deserve the disuse into which it has fallen, and the level of inspiration on the disc as a whole never flags for long. The level of recording engineering is unusually sophisticated for a university-related disc, but then this is an ensemble with aspirations to be, as Ross Perot would say, world-class, and it achieves that goal in large part.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313096879
catalogNumber:
8570968
Rank:
358854

Tracks

  1. The Star-Spangled Banner (National Anthem, USA), for orchestra & voice/chorus, ad lib  - John Stafford Smith  - John Williams [composer]  - Eugene Corporon
  2. American Overture, for band  - Joseph Wilcox Jenkins  - Eugene Corporon
  3. Merry Mount, opera in 3 acts, Op. 31: Overture  - Howard Hanson  - John Boyd  - Eugene Corporon
  4. Merry Mount, opera in 3 acts, Op. 31: Children's Dance  - Howard Hanson  - John Boyd  - Eugene Corporon
  5. Merry Mount, opera in 3 acts, Op. 31: Love Duet  - Howard Hanson  - John Boyd  - Eugene Corporon
  6. Merry Mount, opera in 3 acts, Op. 31: Act 2. Prelude / Maypole Dances  - Howard Hanson  - John Boyd  - Eugene Corporon
  7. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)  - George Gershwin  - Eugene Corporon  - Donald Hunsberger  - Richard Schuster
  8. Ceremonial Fanfare, for wind ensemble  - Christopher Tucker  - Eugene Corporon
  9. Radiant Joy, for wind ensemble  - Steven Bryant  - Eugene Corporon
  10. Suite of Old American Dances for band  - Robert Russell Bennett  - Eugene Corporon
  11. The Washington Post, march for band  - John Philip Sousa  - Eugene Corporon

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