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Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Film and TV Music • Orchestral • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.570726
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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A collection of popular classics though not as we know them, this recording includes perennial favourites such as the Grand March from Verdi’s Aida, Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, transcribed for brass band by prominent arranger/composers from the 1930s to the present day. Founded in 1855, the legendary Black Dyke Band has been awarded the title ‘Champion Band of Great Britain’ no less than twenty times. In their 150th year they also became European and British Open Champions 2005, and they retained the British Open title in 2006.

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Review By Giv Cornfield,Naxos,November 2007

Black Dyke is one of Britain's top bands, where symphonic music arranged for brass instruments is a national sport approaching soccer and cricket in popularity. The selections offered on this CD are a cut above the Sunday afternoon in the park variety. I'd like to mention in particular the Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, which is performed - like most of the other selections - with great verve. For decades, the Mercury recording of this war-horse (no pun intended) with Howard Hanson and the Eastman Winds, with "real, smooth bore cannon" ruled the roost as "the" non plus ultra HiFi version. I submit that the artillery on this disc is even more impressively realistic!

Review By David Denton, Naxos,November 2007

Black Dyke Band have a long and illustrious history going back to the middle of the 19th century when its members worked at the Black Dyke woollen mill in a small town near to the city of Bradford in northern England. It became one of the first bands to be recorded, and its 200 concerts on tour of the United States in 1906 made an early statement of their preeminence in this field of music. It still tours widely and became the first band to appear in New York’s Carnegie Hall on a visit to the States in 1993. Today the ‘amateur’ status of the original mill band - an industry now long closed - has been replaced by a ‘professional’ group of players who year after year have received the highest awards in the band world. I know many purists will throw their



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