Strike Up the Band!

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Americans, who still hear marches from local ensembles on the occasional small-town summertime evening, tend to think of marches as quintessentially American. Europeans may be likelier to identify with their own national march traditions. Both views, though, are distorted: the march is best classified as European-American. The great American march composers, Sousa included, were nearly all immigrants from Europe, and many marches that became American standards, like the "Entry of the Gladiators" of Julius Fucik heard on this disc, known to Americans as the Circus March and penned originally as the "Grande Marche Chromatique," were imports from the start. It was America, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Americans, who still hear marches from local ensembles on the occasional small-town summertime evening, tend to think of marches as quintessentially American. Europeans may be likelier to identify with their own national march traditions. Both views, though, are distorted: the march is best classified as European-American. The great American march composers, Sousa included, were nearly all immigrants from Europe, and many marches that became American standards, like the "Entry of the Gladiators" of Julius Fucik heard on this disc, known to Americans as the Circus March and penned originally as the "Grande Marche Chromatique," were imports from the start. It was America, on the other hand, toward which the trajectory of the march aimed; Americans made the march into a grand spectacle of mass entertainment, with enormous ensembles holding forth in extravaganzas presented to tens of thousands of people -- a tradition that lives on today at halftime of any football game. The buyer of a CD of marches has numerous choices, but few of them introduce the march as well, keeping these ideas in mind, as does this collection by the Band of the Royal Swedish Air Force under the delightfully named Jerker Johansson. Swedish though it may be, this is a very American-sounding recording of marches. From the very first piece on the disc, Fucik's "Florentiner Marsch" which is as exciting as "Entry of the Gladiators", the trombones don't hold anything back. The ensemble is loud, large, and enthusiastic, and Johansson lets the style of the whole point toward the big American bands that fit the standards of the march repertory. And standards there are, aplenty. There's the inimitable "Colonel Bogey" of Bridge over the River Kwai fame; there's Charles A. Zimmerman's "Anchors Aweigh"; and for country music fans there's the original version of the dancehall standard "Under the Double Eagle" it's the second strain that sends us whirling around the floor at two in the morning. It's by one Josef Franz Wagner, no relation to Richard. Sousa is represented by "The Liberty Bell," and several other pieces will sound familiar thanks to their inclusion on soundtracks down through the years. The presumably Swedish booklet writer Lars Johansson displays an impressive knowledge of American and British television quick, sample track 14, Gounod's "Funeral March of a Marionette," and identify the shows in which it was used, without referring to the booklet. Each march is introduced, and plenty of worthwhile information about the lesser-known marches on the program is brought to light. Translator Andrew Barnett, however, introduces a howler when he identifies the Army-Navy football game as a game between the Army and the Marines. Several of the more obscure marches are fascinating on their own terms, and all fill out aspects of the march tradition as a whole. Semyon Tchernevsky, represented by the "Salyut Moskvy" Salute to Moscow, is apparently familiar to Russians in the way Sousa is to Americans but little known elsewhere, and the marches included run all the way from Schubert to George Gershwin the title piece from "Strike Up the Band". In all, it would be hard to think of a single-disc march collection that is both more informative and more fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313254521
  • Catalog Number: 8557545
  • Sales rank: 185,656

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Florentiner-Marsch for orchestra, Op 214 - Julius Fucik & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (5:30)
  2. 2 The Dam Busters, march from the film score - Eric Coates & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (3:41)
  3. 3 Old Comrades (Alte Kameraden), march for band (or orchestra) - Carl Teike & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (4:48)
  4. 4 Strike Up the Band, song (from Strike Up The Band; both versions) - George Gershwin & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (2:40)
  5. 5 Entry of the Gladiators (Einzug der Gladiatoren), march for orchestra, Op. 68 - Julius Fucik & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (2:58)
  6. 6 Under the Double Eagle for band (or orchestra), Op. 159 - Josef Franz Wagner & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (3:29)
  7. 7 Wien bleibt Wien for orchestra, march - Johann Schrammel & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (3:01)
  8. 8 March of the Toys, for orchestra (from "Babes in Toyland") - Victor Herbert & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (2:16)
  9. 9 Colonel Bogey March for orchestra/band - Kenneth J. Alford & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (3:42)
  10. 10 The Liberty Bell, march for band - John Philip Sousa & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (3:35)
  11. 11 Heinzelmannchens Wachtparade, for chamber orchestra - Kurt Noack & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (4:46)
  12. 12 Marche Lorraine for brass ensemble - Louis Ganne & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (4:25)
  13. 13 Solinger Schützenmarsch (Solingen Shooting Club March), for band - Franz von Blon & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (2:56)
  14. 14 Funeral March of a Marionette, for piano or orchestra in D minor - Charles Gounod & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (4:23)
  15. 15 Valdres March for band (or orchestra) - Johannes Hanssen & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (3:39)
  16. 16 Preussens Gloria - Johann Gottfried Piefke & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (1:40)
  17. 17 Marche Militaire for piano, 4 hands in D major, D. 733/1 (Op. 51/1) - Franz Schubert & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (4:50)
  18. 18 Salute of Moscow March, for band - Semeon Tchernetsky & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (3:53)
  19. 19 Anchors Aweigh (Official song of the U.S. Navy) - Charles A. Zimmerman & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (1:58)
  20. 20 Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse - Robert Planquette & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (4:27)
  21. 21 Berliner Luft, operetta: The Air in Berlin - Paul Lincke & Royal Swedish Air Force Band (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerker Johansson Primary Artist
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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    Brilliance and celebration - simply the best band sound I've ever heard, live or recorded

    The best I've ever heard of band music for inspiration and beauty and just plain fun - excellent presentation! This entire album is a celebration of goodness and liberation of the human spirit, and its glorification, without militarism, without severity, played with happiness. If soldiers would march to this music it would be joyously, not with intent of force and its glorification. Jerker Johansson and the musicians of the Swedish Air Force band have captured the spirit of life and goodness that the citizen soldier is supposed to defend - when the forces of darkness are out of hand, this is the music that heartens and inspires the forces of light, not only as a boost to fearlessness but as a reminder of the life, peace and goodness that they are defending and sacrificing for. Beyond this philosophical description, "Strike Up the Band" is just plain beautiful Park Concert music to be played in time of peace in the sunshine with picnics and children playing all around in the grass and fields of flowers. It could easily support any fun dance coreographed in a setting of gardens and meadows and rain in sunshine. "Strike up the Light, and Fun!"

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