American Tapestry

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313096879
  • Catalog Number: 8570968
  • Sales rank: 370,301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Star-Spangled Banner (National Anthem, USA), for orchestra & voice/chorus, ad lib - John Stafford Smith & John Williams [composer] (3:19)
  2. 2 American Overture, for band - Eugene Corporon & Joseph Wilcox Jenkins (4:52)
  3. 3 Merry Mount, opera in 3 acts, Op. 31: Overture - Howard Hanson & John Boyd (3:02)
  4. 4 Merry Mount, opera in 3 acts, Op. 31: Children's Dance - Howard Hanson & John Boyd (1:56)
  5. 5 Merry Mount, opera in 3 acts, Op. 31: Love Duet - Howard Hanson & John Boyd (5:04)
  6. 6 Merry Mount, opera in 3 acts, Op. 31: Act 2. Prelude / Maypole Dances - Howard Hanson & John Boyd (7:24)
  7. 7 Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé) - Eugene Corporon & George Gershwin (18:00)
  8. 8 Ceremonial Fanfare, for wind ensemble - Eugene Corporon & Christopher Tucker (1:47)
  9. 9 Radiant Joy, for wind ensemble - Eugene Corporon & Steven Bryant (5:25)
  10. 10–14 Suite of Old American Dances for band - Robert Russell Bennett & Eugene Corporon (18:33)
  11. 11 The Washington Post, march for band - John Philip Sousa & Eugene Corporon (2:39)
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Performance Credits
Lone Star Wind Orchestra Primary Artist
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