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COLGRASS, M.: Dream Dancer / MESSIAEN, O.: Oiseaux exotiques / KUCHARZYK, H.: Some Assembly Required (Northern Winds) (Toronto Wind Orchestra, Gomes)

Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.572248
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Northern Winds is an inspirational album featuring a wealth of Canadian talent that highlights imaginative approaches to wind orchestration across various styles by several composers, from Louis Applebaum’s High Spirits for full ensemble to Henry Kucharzyk’s Some Assembly Required whose title wittily refers to his pointillistic/ aleatoric technique. The young featured soloists have already been critically acclaimed, Canadian saxophonist Wallace Halladay as ‘one of Canada’s leading performers of contemporary music’ and Australian-born, Halifax-based pianist Simon Docking for his ‘extraordinarily vivid realizations of contemporary music’.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2009

Contemporary North American music for wind orchestra is here crowned by Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques performed by a gathering of Toronto’s superb wind musicians. Opening with the aptly named overture, High Spirits, from Louis Applebaum—one of the fathers of today’s Canadian music—we move onto the unique sound world of Michael Colgrass, his subtle colours creating Dream Dancer, a fusion of various cultures. Scored for saxophone and transparent textures of a wind ensemble, it is a long and haunting work excellently played by the crossover saxophonist, Wallace Halladay. The three movements of Henry Kurcharzyk’s Some Assembly Required offers an experiment in the freedom of individual expression by



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