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This wide-ranging collection of favourite marches from around the world spans a period of 100 years, from Schubert’s Marche militaire No. 1, indelibly associated with Christmas Eve, Disney and Santa’s workshop, to Coates’ The Dam Busters used in the 1954 film of the same name. Other favourites include Sousa’s The Liberty Bell, used as the signature tune for the BBC comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Alford’s Colonel Bogey from the film The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Under the Double Eagle by ‘the Austrian march king’, Josef Franz Wagner.
STRIKE UP THE BAND!
How do you review a CD that has so many superlatives, that it is almost impossible to highlight the best ones. The contents of the CD is made up of marches from around the world, some very well known and others, on the CD where new to me. The playing and recording of the Royal Swedish Air Force Band is exceptional in all departments, making for an incredible band sound. This is the first CD of marches that I have bought, where I can say that every march on this CD could be my favourite, but, if I had to chose a couple, they would be The Florentiner March and March Lorraine, they are both played with a swagger and brilliance that is captivating and does what all music should do, make you feel happy. I hope this small review will make you purchase this recording, you will not be disappointed. If I was granted a musical wish, it would be for Naxos to record more military band music with this excellent military band.more....
This selection of mostly familiar marches impresses me by the fairly astonishing precision of the players. While there may be flashier interpretations out there, I doubt there are many to equal the finesse and elegance of these. I also heard details I've never noticed before in some of the marches; perhaps a question of arrangements, but also maybe due to the excellent clarity of the recording.
I've long been particularly fond of two pieces here: Marche Lorraine and Fucik's Einzug der Gladiatoren (which, if you don't recognize by the title, you surely will about thirty seconds into the piece).
Over the years I've collected quite a few recordings of brass music. This recording is a worthy addition, and I can recommend it with no hesitation and no reservations.more....
Strike Up The Band
This is a very good album which features a wide variety of marches, none of which are of doubtful quality. The Band of the Swedish Air Force show sensitivity and flair in their playing.more....
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