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Bass Trombone and Wind Band Music - NAULAIS, J. / LYS, M. / EWAZEN, E. / STECKAR, M. (Y. Bauer, Musique de l'Air, Kesmaecker)

Artist(s) Bauer, Yves, bass trombone • Kesmaecker, Claude, Conductor • Musique de l'Air
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.570544
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The bass trombone has a wonderfully rich tone and sonorous depth yet is rarely featured as a solo instrument. The four remarkable works on this disc, all but one composed for Yves Bauer, bass trombone soloist of the Lille National Orchestra, explore the instrument’s technical and expressive range. Vertiges is a concerto in the form of a theme and variations with an array of dizzyingly contrasting moods. Etoile des profondeurs takes inspiration from jazz and popular music. The title Deux Marches d’écart is a pun on the composer’s name (Marc Steckar), while the thrilling Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble is by turns playful, lyrical and heroically virtuosic.


Review By Barton Cummings,National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) Journal,April 2010

This is a fun piece and the performance demonstrates the great imagination of the composer. A fine performance from all.

Naxos is to be congratulated for its dedication to producing what is becoming a monumental library of recordings of music for the Wind Band and for releasing discs such as this one. There is not a bad recording in the lot and this is a project that is long over due and one that all players should be aware of and collecting.

The present recording is wonderful and the playing magnificent. It receives the highest recommendation in the strongest terms.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2008

Coming from the world of light music, the latest in the Naxos ‘Wind Band Classics’ offers four 20th century concertos to showcase the solo virtuosity of the bass trombone. The American composer, Eric Ewazen, is the one exception in a disc that otherwise is totally French, the outstanding soloist, Yves Bauer, a product of the Strasbourg Conservatoire before joining the Orchestre National de Lille. Three of the four works were composed for him, the earliest Etoile des profondeurs coming from Jerome Naulais, its three-movement concerto format taking its inspiration from the world of jazz and popular music. Marc Steckar displays his years playing in Big Bands in a colourful Deux Marches d’ecart, an outgoing score that often has the feel



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