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PERSICHETTI: Divertimento / Masquerade / Parable IX

Composer(s):Persichetti, Vincent
Artist(s) Amos, David, Conductor • London Symphony Orchestra Wind and Percussion Ensemble, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.570123
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Vincent Persichetti was not only pivotal to the development of the symphonic band repertoire that began to flourish in the high schools and colleges of the United States during the 1950s, but became one of its most distinguished exponents. He contributed fourteen works, many of which have become staples of the genre. Persichetti’s music exhibits a wide stylistic range, ranging from the relative simplicity of works such as the exuberant Psalm and Pageant, and the Divertimento, which alternates between a sense of mischief and a poignant vein of nostalgia, to the dazzlingly complex Parable.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Persichetti was an inventive and powerful symphonies who followed the traditions of Piston, Roy Harris and William Schumann. He was a particularly distinguished composer for wind ensemble, and these inventive and vital works are well worth exploring, particularly given the competitive price. The playing of the LSO Winds under David Amos is virtuosic and infectious. Let us hope Naxos will give us some of the symphonies.


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