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American Classics - Sousa: Music For Wind Band Vol 7 / Royal Artillery Band


Release Date: 12/16/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559247   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Martin Hinton
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SOUSA Music for Wind Band, Vol. 7 Keith Brion, cond; Martin Hinton (cnt); 1 Royal Artillery Band NAXOS 8.559247 (57: 26)


America First. The Presidential Polonaise. The Rifle Regiment. Congress Hall. El capitan. Intaglio Waltzes. Golden Jubilee. The Bride Elect. Sounds from the Revivals. 1 The Charlatan. Sheridan’s Ride. The Black Horse Troop. The Naval Reserve Read more />

Keith Brion, one of the foremost authorities on the music of Sousa, has been building an extensive library of Sousa’s music for Naxos since 1998, beginning with the first release (“On Stage,” Fanfare 22:1), which first appeared on marco polo in 1997. This is planned to be the most comprehensive collection of Sousa assembled, currently consisting of these seven volumes of wind band music, in addition to an earlier three volumes of Sousa for orchestra. In terms of wind music alone, Brion has so far released 86 works: marches, suites, waltzes, and novelty numbers. The current largest collection is by the Detroit Concert Band, which recorded all 116 published marches on five CDs (Walking Frog 300). The U.S. Marine Band’s set of four CDs, available as “A Box of Sousa” on Altissimo 5571, has 56 works. In terms of performances, the Marine Band is probably my favorite, with the Naxos set a very close second. Both compare favorably with the best single-disc releases, including Junkin with the Dallas Wind Symphony (Reference Recordings 94), Fennell with the Eastman Wind Ensemble (Mercury 434300), Foley with the American Main Street Band (EMI 54130), and Keith Brion with his own New Sousa Band (Delos 102 or Walking Frog 217), which includes seven restorations of recordings conducted by Sousa himself. The relative completeness of the Detroit release recommends it, but the performances often lapse into the routine. Besides, the Naxos set will eventually include 20 additional marches and dozens of concert works.


This seventh volume is as good a place to start as any, as it continues the series pattern of presenting a satisfying mix of the familiar ( El capitan and The Black Horse Troop ) and the unfamiliar ( Congress Hall and The Naval Reserve ), of marches derived from Sousa’s stage works ( El capitan , again, The Bride Elect and The Charlatan ), of Strauss-inspired waltzes ( Intaglio Waltzes ), of historical scenarios à la Wellington’s Victory , complete with battle sounds, racing horse hooves, and cheering ( Sheridan’s Ride ), and novelty numbers like Sounds from the Revivals , an arrangement of late-19th-century hymns which may have been written for Offenbach’s orchestra when they appeared at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.


James Camner has reviewed three of the earlier releases in the series for Fanfare : Vol. 2, 25:5, Vol. 3, 27:3, and Vol. 4, 28:1. In each he has pointed out the essential rightness of Brion’s performances. I concur. They are not so fast as to make them overbearing or cheaply exciting, but rather taken at a comfortable march tempo that allows the music to unfold naturally. The Royal Artillery Band, formed before the American colonies declared independence, plays with style and verve. Those who have learned their Sousa with (or in) larger concert bands may initially be surprised by the somewhat smaller sound of this ensemble, but in fact, this is the instrumentation that Sousa used in his own touring band. Sousa-lovers will want the whole series. The uncertain risk little, at Naxos’s bargain prices, by diving in here.


FANFARE: Ronald E. Grames
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Works on This Recording

1.
America First by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1916; USA 
2.
Presidential Polonaise by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; USA 
3.
Rifle Regiment by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1886; USA 
4.
Congress Hall by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; USA 
5.
El Capitan (march) by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; USA 
6.
Intaglio Waltzes by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
7.
Golden Jubilee by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1928; USA 
8.
The Bride Elect: March by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
9.
Sounds from the Revivals by John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Martin Hinton (Cornet)
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
10.
Charlatan by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; USA 
11.
Sheridan's Ride by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
12.
Black Horse Troop by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; USA 
13.
Naval Reserve by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1917; USA 

Sound Samples

America First
The Presidential Polonaise
The Rifle Regiment
Congress Hall
El Capitan March
Intaglio Waltzes
Golden Jubilee
The Bride Elect March
Sounds of the Revivals
The Charlatan March
Sheridan's Ride
The Black Horse Troop
The Naval Reserve

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