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From the Steeples and the Mountains
     

From the Steeples and the Mountains

by London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble
 
This collection of 20th century American compositions for brass ensemble features as its title track Charles Ives' eerie "From the Steeples to the Mountains" -- a chamber piece that attempts to re-create the outdoor sound of church bells echoing in the mountains. It is a truly exhilarating piece. Apart from the Ives pieces and Carl Ruggles' "Angels," the music on

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This collection of 20th century American compositions for brass ensemble features as its title track Charles Ives' eerie "From the Steeples to the Mountains" -- a chamber piece that attempts to re-create the outdoor sound of church bells echoing in the mountains. It is a truly exhilarating piece. Apart from the Ives pieces and Carl Ruggles' "Angels," the music on this recording uses pleasant (if not always traditional) tonal systems. Barber's "Mutations From Bach" plays with passages of Bach's "Cantata No. 23" in a 20th century style -- intriguing for those familiar with the original. Henry Cowell's "Rondo" is fun and rhythmic -- aiding a bit amid the longer-phrased pieces accompanying it. An interesting inclusion is Philip Glass' "Brass Sextet" -- seldom recorded and deleted by Glass himself from his own works list. A remarkable piece and very different from the work you have come to know from this monumental composer. ~ Mark W. B. Allender

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/1999
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571150185
catalogNumber:
55018

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Performance Credits

London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble   Primary Artist,Ensemble,Track Performer
Roy Gillard   Violin
Sidney Sax   Violin
John Ronayne   Violin
Richard Clews   Horn
James Holland   Bells,Timpani
Dave Lee   Horn
James McLeod   Violin
Kevin Nutty   Bells
Terence Emery   Bells
John Chimes   Bells,Timpani
Christopher Larkin   Conductor,Horn

Technical Credits

Terry Shannon   Cover Design
Edward Perry   Executive Producer
Anthony Howell   Engineer
Peter Dickinson   Liner Notes
Derek Forss   Cover Photo
Mark Brown   Producer
Joanna Gamble   Executive Producer

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