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STAMP, J.: In this hid clearing… / COPLAND, A.: Lincoln Portrait / GERSHWIN, G.: Catfish Row (University of Missouri Symphonic Wind Ensemble)

Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.572108
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This disc celebrates both the quality and variety of the internationally popular American wind band repertoire. Gershwin’s Catfish Row includes several hits as well as music cut from Porgy and Bess, while Grainger’s Country Gardens and Blithe Bells are heard in delightful arrangements. Gordon Jacob’s Suite showcases the lighthearted, solemn and powerful potential of the symphonic wind band. Intricate counterpoint contrasts with brass chorales in Stamp’s In this hid clearing…Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, an American classic, can also be heard in its orchestral guise on Naxos 8.559373–74.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2009

American universities have long been famed for wind ensembles, Missouri obviously enjoying an enviable reputation for their high quality.  I am not about to jump on my usual hobbyhorse of pointing to the wealth of original wind band music, and my dislike of arrangements and transcriptions, for there is a great deal to enjoy here. It opens in bright and sparkling mood with Jacob’s own adaptation of his Suite in D flat, and if I do not quite share my wife’s view that Walter Beeler’s arrangement of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait is better than the original orchestral version, it does have a very bold and brash American quality. Thomas O’Neal should have injected more impetus into the first of nine extracts from



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