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ROUSE, C.: Wolf Rounds / DAUGHERTY, M.: Ladder to the Moon / MASLANKA, D.: Trombone Concerto (University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble)

Composer(s):Daugherty, MichaelMaslanka, DavidRouse, Christopher
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.572439
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This album from Naxos’s acclaimed Wind Band Classics series presents three highly contrasting new works. David Maslanka’s Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble is a heartfelt memorial to the late Christine Nield Capote, flutist, teacher and friend of the composer and the trombonist Tim Conner. Michael Daugherty’s Ladder to the Moon, inspired by the urban landscapes of Georgia O’Keeffe, recreates the feeling of skyscrapers and cityscapes in Manhattan of the 1930s. In Christopher Rouse’s Wolf Rounds ‘circular’ musical ideas constantly metamorphose, suggesting to the composer the wolf’s predatory rounds.


Review By Steve Schwartz,,March 2011

Howlin’ wolf, and others. Naxos bills this as an entry in their “Wind Band Classics” series. How many series does Naxos have? And it’s not just ad hype, either, but a genuine series, with lots of discs. Does Naxos release more new stuff than anybody else? I certainly can’t keep up with it all, but it’s a nice problem for me to have.

This contains scores by American composers, all of whom connect somehow with the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, as teachers or students. Christopher Rouse and Michael Daugherty are now fairly hot tickets, while David Maslanka has a somewhat specialized reputation as a superior provider of band pieces. The works here differ from one another in their approach to the wind ensemble.


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