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Fanfare - British Music For Symphonic Brass Ensemble

Locke Brass Consort
Release Date: 10/28/1992 
Label:  Chandos Collect Catalog #: 6573   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sir Arthur BlissArthur BenjaminSir Edward ElgarSir William Walton,   ... 
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass ConsortLocke Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Elite brass playing superbly recorded in 1977 and all at bargain price.

I have known this collection since buying its first version - an RCA LP: RL 25081. The collection’s LP origins are pretty obvious from the shortish playing time. 

“Symphonic Brass Ensemble” signifies the traditional orchestral brass benches plus, in this case, timpani for Elgar’s lavish Hereford fanfare. While pandering to grand civic pride this fanfare manages to threads in some tragedy as well, Hereford did well with this commission. Bliss’s Fanfare for the Lord Mayor of London is splendid and perhaps pays passing tribute towards the end of its 1:31 to Janá?ek. It’s one of the most substantial of fanfares.
Read more Walton’s smashingly effervescent DNA imbues his Fanfare as arranged by Sargent. Havergal Brian’s Festival Fanfare is full of striking gestures, slashes and ascents. It’s alive with curmudgeonly character and in touch with the world of his enigmatic, angry and noble symphonies. Just as thrawn - and very much a symphonist - was Robert Simpson. While Simpson has had all his symphonies recorded by Hyperion Brian still awaits this accolade. It seems as far off as ever. Simpson was a granitic champion of Brian’s music and was responsible for the effort that resulted in the BBC studio-recording most of the 32 Brian symphonies for broadcast. His Canzona is the longest musical paragraph here. It’s also the most earnest and even the most beautiful in its evolutionary bloom. It dates from 1958 - the among the earliest years of Simpson’s long stay as a producer with the BBC. Tippett’s Fanfare is as distinctively Tippett as the Brian is pure Brian. His crunching and clashing harmonic ramparts leave one in little doubt as to the composer’s identity.

Bliss’s Fanfare for Coming of Age is adroitly regal with the suggestion of terraces and battlements - I wondered if it was intended for the Investiture of the Prince of Wales - no such thing. It dates from 1972 and was written for the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra. Bliss’s six Royal Fanfares include side-drum and cymbal. They’re very inventive. The Bliss Fanfare for Heroes looks back to the 1930 masterpiece Morning Heroes but only passim. Bliss’s Homage to Shakespeare is self-consciously antiquarian but with plenty of magniloquent Purcellian ‘attitude’.

Rubbra’s Fanfare for Europe has a slow and grand gait built and is around the notes EEC. It was written for the UK’s entry into the EU. Rather like the Bliss sequence, which also sports a central interlude, Jacob’s Interludes for trumpets and trombones is inventive but unlike the Bliss it has something of Rubbra’s Farnaby Improvisations about it. It dates from 1951. The three Benjamin microscopies are imperiously clamorous. Walton’s arrangement of a Queen’s Fanfare starts in with reminiscences of the Prelude and Spitfire Fugue. Michael Coe piles the dissonance and complexity high for his uniquely disquieting arrangement of the national anthem. It’s bound, playfully and magnificently, to disorientate any audience.

The programme notes are by Noel Goodwin.

Elite brass playing superbly recorded in 1977 and all at bargain price.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Fanfare for a Dignified Occasion by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort,  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
2. Fanfare for a Festive Occasion by Arthur Benjamin
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
3. Civic Fanfare and National Anthem by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902/1927; England 
4. Fanfare for the Lord Mayor of London by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
5. Hamlet: Fanfare by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
Notes: Arranged: Malcolm Sargent 
6. Festival Fanfare by Havergal Brian
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort,  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
7. Fanfare for a Coming of Age by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort,  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; England 
8. Canzona for Brass by Robert Simpson
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort,  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958 
9. Fanfare for Brass by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1971; England 
10. Royal Fanfares (6) by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort,  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
11. Fanfare for Heroes by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort,  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
12. Homage to Shakespeare, T 100 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort,  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
13. Fanfare for Europe by Edmund Rubbra
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort,  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; England 
14. Music for a Festival: Interludes (5) for Trumpets and Trombones by Gordon Jacob
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
15. Fanfare for a State Occasion by Arthur Benjamin
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort
Period: Modern 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
16. Fanfare for a Brilliant Occasion by Arthur Benjamin
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort
Period: Modern 
Length: 0 Minutes 34 Secs. 
17. Fanfare for a Gala Occasion by Arthur Benjamin
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort
Period: Modern 
Length: 0 Minutes 36 Secs. 
18. A Queen's Fanfare, for brass by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Consort
Period: Modern 
Written: 1959 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
19. God save the King/Queen by Anonymous
Conductor:  James Stobart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Locke Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; England 
Notes: Arranged: Michael Coe 

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