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Duty, Honor, Country: A Salute to the American Soldier

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
With Altissimo!'s Duty, Honor, Country, General "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf makes his unlikely debut as a recording artist in Harold Walters' piece of that title, which is taken from the motto of West Point and utilizes a narrated text derived from a speech by General Douglas MacArthur. While Schwarzkopf does not exactly have the awe-inspiring, stentorian and slightly hypnotic voice that MacArthur possessed who does?, he does a respectable job of fitting the words to the right places in the music and imbuing the reading with his own distinctive and easily recognizable parlance. Not every four-star American general is pleased to be pressed into such service, and it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
With Altissimo!'s Duty, Honor, Country, General "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf makes his unlikely debut as a recording artist in Harold Walters' piece of that title, which is taken from the motto of West Point and utilizes a narrated text derived from a speech by General Douglas MacArthur. While Schwarzkopf does not exactly have the awe-inspiring, stentorian and slightly hypnotic voice that MacArthur possessed who does?, he does a respectable job of fitting the words to the right places in the music and imbuing the reading with his own distinctive and easily recognizable parlance. Not every four-star American general is pleased to be pressed into such service, and it appears that Schwarzkopf enjoyed this assignment -- not as earth-shattering an event as defeating Saddam Hussein's long range tanks, but one that is likely to satisfy and entertain his many admirers. The rest of the disc, performed by the U.S. Army Field Band under Colonel Finley R. Hamilton, is very good, even excellent in spots. The performances are as nice and crisp as a good West Point Cadet's uniform, although the jig "Garry Owen" could have been a touch faster. There are many soldiers that will relish having a recording to listen to of vocal selections such as "The Corps" and "Dogface Soldier," numbers that are sung with regularity in the U.S. military but seldom heard outside it. The program that Hamilton has mapped out here is a nice blend of elements, not just a string of the same old marches, nor too exotic, and avoids the kind of military concert program one might sit through on a hot summer day that tends to be a bit on the boring side. Altissimo!'s sound is bright, immediate, and powerful; it will make the listener want to stand at attention.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2006
  • Label: Altissimo Records
  • UPC: 754422558426
  • Catalog Number: 225584
  • Sales rank: 32,682

Album Credits

Performance Credits
U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus Primary Artist
Mark Wood Trumpet
Robert Lambert Trumpet
Daniel Nevins Trumpet
Charles Garrett Trombone
Shadrick Smith Clarinet
William Elliott Percussion
Aaron Kadrmas Trombone
Scott Cameron Tuba
Robert Cherry French Horn
Douglas Arnold Cox Tenor (Vocal)
Allen Bishop Bass (Vocal)
Jeffrey Woods Bass (Vocal)
Nathan Smith Clarinet
Michael Hill Johnston Trumpet
Daniel Hopkins Tenor (Vocal)
Stephen Albritton Bass (Vocal)
Robert Barnett Tenor (Vocal)
Cynthia Bartolomeo English Horn, Oboe
Tom Bartolomeo French Horn
Kendra Boettcher Flute
J. Daniel Bowlds Bassoon
Mark Bowling Trombone
Courtney Hershey Bress Harp
James Burge Saxophone
Donald Burleson Euphonium
Martha Canipe Soprano (Vocal)
Victor Cenales Bass (Vocal)
Jacqueline Clarys Soprano (Vocal)
Sheila Connor Saxophone
Laura Dause Soprano (Vocal)
Joel Dulyea Tenor (Vocal)
Thomas Enokian Percussion
Maryann Fiaschetti Soprano (Vocal)
William Gabbard Tenor (Vocal)
Jean Gould E-flat Clarinet
Stephen Gresko Clarinet
Finley R. Hamilton Conductor
Steven Hearn Clarinet, Percussion
James Heffernan Clarinet
Kurt Hider Oboe
Janet Hjelmgren Soprano (Vocal)
Scott Holbert Trumpet
W. David Hough Bass Trombone
James Hutson Bass (Vocal)
Raymond Irving String Bass
United States Army Field Band Band, Ensemble
H. Norman Schwarzkopf Narrator, Spoken Word
United States Army Soldiers' Chorus Ensemble
Technical Credits
Philip J. Lang Arranger
David Sellers Liner Notes
Carl Fischer Composer
Alan Wonneberger Mastering
Peter J. Wilhousky Arranger
Bill Farrar Graphic Design
Ken Hart Composer
Traditional Composer
Scott Bauer Engineer
Al McCree Executive Producer
Julia Ward Howe Composer
Philip Egner Composer
Ripley Arnold Composer
Jeffrey Corbett Engineer
Tedd Griepentrog Liner Notes
Finley R. Hamilton Contributor
Richard Wilson Liner Notes
Lucius O'Brien Composer
Robert A. McCormic Producer
Jeremy Kern Cover Photo
Paul Reinecke Composer
Richard Wilson Liner Notes
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