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MACKEY, J.: Strange Humors / DAUGHERTY, M.: Raise the Roof / Brooklyn Bridge / SYLER, J.: The Hound of Heaven (Rutgers Wind Ensemble, Berz)

Composer(s):Daugherty, MichaelMackey, JohnSyler, James
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.572529
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The Rutgers Wind Ensemble here presents four engaging works rich with cross-cultural allusions by leading American composers. John Mackey’s aptly named Strange Humors merges African hand-drumming, an Orientalist musical style and the big band sound into a sultry brew. Michael Daugherty’s virtuosic Raise the Roof for timpani and wind ensemble pays homage to buildings such as the Empire State, while the clarinet concerto Brooklyn Bridge takes panoramic views across New York City. James Syler’s The Hound of Heaven charts the spiritual journey of a desperate soul who seeks and finds the balm of God’s grace.


Terrific wind ensemble music - not "strange" at all!
Review By dc92823,December 2010

The new Naxos CD, "Strange Humors" takes it title from a John Mackey piece that opens a set of four exciting pieces and stunningly performed by the Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Each one of these is fun, accessible and makes for virtuoso playing and a pleasurable listening experience! The opening piece, "Strange Humors" by Mackey from 2003 is a short and exotic little romp through some decidedly exotic sounds. Relying on sounds that are very north African, sort of Moroccan, in their tone; some terrific and sensuous oboe and saxophone solos set the moved. The pulse and feel of this piece is carried by drumming, however. The percussionists play an assortment of very tribal sounding, skin beats that are non-ringing, very cardiac in their impact. The overall effect is solid. The "humors" are a more....

Review By Rutgers University Libraries,March 2011

Maureen Hurd is a featured soloist in this Naxos recording of Michael Daugherty’s clarinet concerto Brooklyn Bridge, performed with The Rutgers Wind Ensemble conducted by William Berz. The CD was recorded in March 2008 and was released in December 2010. The CD presents four engaging works rich with cross-cultural allusions. Daugherty, who won this year’s Grammy award for Best Classical Composition for Deus Ex Machina and is on the faculty of the University of Michigan, describes Brooklyn Bridge this way: “As I have lingered and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge over the years, the stunning vistas of the New York skyline have inspired me to compose a panoramic clarinet concerto. Like the four cables of webs of wire and steel that hold the Brooklyn Bridge



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