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American Tapestry / Corporon, Lone Star Wind Orchestra


Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570968   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joseph Wilcox JenkinsHoward HansonGeorge GershwinChristopher Tucker,   ... 
Performer:  Richard Shuster
Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Excellent program serves as recording debut of a new wind band.

The excellent Wind Band Classics series from Naxos continues here with the recording debut of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, under the baton of Eugene Corporon, best known for his work at the University of North Texas. This recording could have been titled “American Optimist” or something similar, as the excellent program is dominated by cheery major-key music, balancing shorter and longer works in an excellent flow. Indeed, the selection and pacing of repertoire is one of the highlights of the disc.

Among the older pieces, the Hanson is the least likely to be familiar to band aficionados, and the band’s performance of this work is possibly
Read more the finest on the disc. It’s thoroughly convincing, and rewards repeated listens.

Donald Hunsberger’s arrangement of the Gershwin is excellent, and the piece is a natural for winds. There weren’t many places where I really missed the strings, though the arrangement does highlight some aspects of the score which tend to get buried in other recordings, lending the performance a unique sound. Overall, the interpretation is slower and more leisurely than other performances I’m familiar with. In the light of so many other excellent available recordings, I can’t see myself returning to this performance too often – it’s more of a curiosity than anything else, though not without merit.

Steven Bryant’s “Radiant Joy” struck me as the most successful of the newer repertoire; an accessible piece in the post-John Adams mold which somehow manages to feature the hi-hat cymbals without sounding inane. The appeal of the piece is primarily rhythmic, as it owes a clear debt to the complex syncopations of funk or jazz fusion. Catchy melodic ideas and extensive use of some less-common colors (piano, vibraphone, and soprano and baritone saxophones) add to the interest as well.

There are points where I wish the recorded sound was just a bit closer. Some of the vigor of the playing sometimes gets lost, as if the band is coming from a bit too far of a distance, especially on the Bennett. However it’s a subtle complaint, and the overall balance is excellent, including on the Gershwin.

The occasional discrepancies in intonation or ensemble are so minimal that only the most critical ear would know from the aural evidence that this is an all-volunteer ensemble. Their accomplishment is completely stunning when you keep that in mind. I look forward to hearing more from this group, which had only been together for a year when this recording was made.

Benn Martin, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. American Overture by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins
Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2. Merry Mount, Op. 31: Suite by Howard Hanson
Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Length: 17 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3. Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Richard Shuster (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Length: 18 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Donald Hunsberger. 
4. Ceremonial Fanfare by Christopher Tucker
Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5. Radiant Joy by Steven Bryant
Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
6. Suite of old American Dances by Robert Russell Bennett
Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Length: 18 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7. Washington Post by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Keith Brion; Loras J. Schissel. 
8. The Star-spangled Banner by John Stafford Smith
Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lone Star Wind Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1814 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Williams. 

Featured Sound Samples

Merry Mount: Suite (Hanson): II. Children's Dance
Radiant Joy (Bryant)

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