Bells for Stokowski

Bells for Stokowski

by The University of Texas Wind Ensemble
     
 

Plainly intended as a showcase album, Bells for Stokowski may appeal more to band enthusiasts than to a wider audience. Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble maintain a high degree of polish and professionalism, and the clean HDCD recording serves them well. EvenSee more details below

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Plainly intended as a showcase album, Bells for Stokowski may appeal more to band enthusiasts than to a wider audience. Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble maintain a high degree of polish and professionalism, and the clean HDCD recording serves them well. Even so, their program is tame and less than compelling, despite the performers' exceptional abilities. Patrick Dunnigan's festive arrangement of Tylman Susato's "Dansereye" opens the disc, and this setting of Renaissance dances is pleasant enough, if too consistently heavy on brass and percussion. Vaughan Williams' "English Folk Song Suite" is a compact medley of sea shanties and marches, the most familiar work on the program and easy to absorb. More problematic is David del Tredici's "In Wartime," an odd blending of martial clichés and irrelevant musical quotations. Unambiguously tonal but ambivalent in its programmatic allusions, this rumination on the war in Iraq is the least attractive piece for its musical jingoism. Michael Daugherty's "Bells for Stokowski" -- originally the third movement from his orchestral "Philadelphia Stories" -- appears here in the version for band. This colorful tribute to the legendary conductor is the most technically challenging work on the program, yet its game-playing and showiness make it seem insincere and too clever by half.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - James R. Oestreich
The performance exudes the freshness of youth and a sheer joy in music-making. A glorious noise.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
Label:
Reference Recordings
UPC:
0030911110420
catalogNumber:
104
Rank:
152894

Tracks

  1. Danserije (Dansereye): La Morisque  - Tylman Susato  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  2. Danserije (Dansereye): Bergerette  - Tylman Susato  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  3. Danserije (Dansereye): Les quartre Branles  - Tylman Susato  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  4. Danserije (Dansereye): Fagot  - Tylman Susato  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  5. Danserije (Dansereye): Den hoboecken dans  - Tylman Susato  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  6. Danserije (Dansereye): Ronde & Salterelle  - Tylman Susato  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  7. Danserije (Dansereye): Ronde & Aliud  - Tylman Susato  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  8. Danserije (Dansereye): Basse danse: Mon desir  - Tylman Susato  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  9. Danserije (Dansereye): Pavane: La Battaille  - Tylman Susato  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  10. English Folk Song Suite, for military band  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  11. In Wartime, for pand  - David Del Tredici  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
  12. Bells for Stokowski, for symphonic band (from "Philadelphia Stories")  - Michael Daugherty  - Jerry Junkin  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  University of Texas Wind Ensemble

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