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WILBY, P.: Breathless Alleluia (A) / Paganini Variations / Symphonic Variations on Amazing Grace / Euphonium Concerto (Black Dyke Band)

Composer(s):Wilby, Philip
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosVocal • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.572166
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This disc of music by internationally-renowned British composer Philip Wilby includes several world première recordings: A Breathless Alleluia is an affectionate tribute to the Black Dyke Band’s conductor Nicholas Childs; Paganini Variations exploits all the soloistic brilliance of the modern brass band; Memory evokes the power of music to awaken emotions in even the stoniest heart; while Symphonic Variations on Amazing Grace is a stirring treatment of the famous hymn. The Euphonium Concerto is a tour de force whose emotional heart is its songlike third movement.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2009

No lover of brass band music can possibly afford to miss this. Though it was as an orchestral violinist that Philip Wilby built his early career, he is now one of the UK’s best known composers of brass band music, his Paganini Variations among the great band showpieces. It uses the Paganini theme that has given rise to so many variations over the years, the brass band world now offered Wilby’s version as a  supreme challenge. Composed in 1991, you can hear Benjamin Britten in the music and at times a Walton swagger, while there is ample scope to display the creamy quality of brass instruments in solo passages. The other major scores, Cyrano, which features solo tuba, and the Euphonium Concertoboth call for feats of technical



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