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BERNSTEIN, L.: Transcriptions for Wind Band - On the Waterfront Suite / On the Town / Candide (University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble, Weiss)

Composer(s):Bernstein, Leonard
Artist(s) Weiss, Scott, Conductor • University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.573056
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


The sheer variety of Leonard Bernstein’s music can be savored in this wide-ranging disc, consisting largely of transcriptions. Bernstein’s immersion in theatrical music is reflected in Clare Grundman’s unique transcription of the Candide suite whilst his film score for On the Waterfront is presented in its symphonic suite form in Jay Bocock’s transcription. The nostalgia of the orchestral Divertimento, written for the centenary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is richly brought out in this adaptation. All performances are by the award-winning University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble.


Review By Brian Wigman,Classical Net,June 2013

Naxos’ ongoing and ambitious “Wind Band Classics” series continues to evolve and impress. This installment pays tribute to one of the greatest all-around musicians in American history, and does so well aware of the fame and quality of the orchestral versions, many conducted by the composer himself.


Review By Mary Kunz Goldman,The Buffalo News,March 2013

The music sizzles in the hands of a wind band. “Fanfare for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy” could not sound better in its original orchestration than what it sounds like here…The University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble makes a good case for the music and the transcriptions. The music pops at you with sudden flares and surges. The brooding music to “On the Waterfront” also charms, making me think sometimes of Copland and Ellington. There is a lot of fun here… © 2013 The Buffalo News Read complete review


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