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H. Robert Reynolds - The Retirement Concert, April 6, 2001


Release Date: 12/18/2001 
Label:  Equilibrium   Catalog #: 45   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard StraussPaul HindemithLeslie BassettMichael Daugherty,   ... 
Performer:  David Lee JacksonAlexandra ZacharellaGarrett Méndez
Conductor:  H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 23 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This two-CD set, is a live recording of H. Robert Reynolds’s retirement concert of April 6, 2001. He had been director of university bands at the University of Michigan since 1975, and fittingly he presented a program of works that he especially loved to conduct. The program is complete with Professor Reynolds’s spoken anecdotes about the music to be heard. The program includes three classics of the genre—the Hindemith, Grainger, and Holst pieces—and a couple of premieres—the Daugherty and Bolcom.



The first of the two first hearings, the Daugherty piece, is quite effective. Rosa Parks Boulevard (2001) Read more honors the woman who set the Civil Rights Movement irrevocably in high gear by her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Birmingham, Alabama, bus in 1955. Parks moved to Detroit permanently in 1957, and after attending a Sunday church service with her in 1999, Daugherty decided to compose this musical tribute. He incorporates quotations of her favorite hymn ( Oh Freedom ), makes use of the expressive and soulful qualities of the band’s trombones, and occasionally uses colorfully clustered dissonance and such programmatic effects as polyrhythms and pounding drums to suggest the society-shaking bus ride. At 12 minutes in duration, it is a perfectly timed (in both senses of the word) and memorable musical statement. Bolcom’s short Song (2001) was written for this concert and is tuneful enough to be thought of as a “lost” movement from Lincolnshire Posy.


I love the Hindemith piece. It is one of my five or six top wind symphonies (in company with those by Persichetti, Gould, Benson, Israel, and Maslanka). Reynolds, though, does not lead the work in my favorite performance—Reynolds is too cautious in a few places where Fennell, for example, has his players light fires. It’s only an okay performance. However, I find Reynolds’ interpretations of Holst’s First Suite and the aforementioned Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger, both backbones of the repertoire, quite excellent...the recording itself is superb and is nothing but another positive."

-- Stephen Ellis, Fanfare [11/2003]
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Works on This Recording

1. Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare, AV 109 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/06/2001 
Venue:  Live  Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2. Symphony for Concert Band in B flat major by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/06/2001 
Venue:  Live  Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan 
Length: 18 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3. Lullaby for Kirsten by Leslie Bassett
Conductor:  H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/06/2001 
Venue:  Live  Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4. Rosa Parks Boulevard by Michael Daugherty
Performer:  David Lee Jackson (Trombone), Alexandra Zacharella (Trombone), Garrett Méndez (Trombone)
Conductor:  H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/06/2001 
Venue:  Live  Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan 
Length: 12 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5. Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/06/2001 
Venue:  Live  Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan 
Length: 17 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6. Irish Tune from County Derry "Danny Boy" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
Date of Recording: 04/06/2001 
Venue:  Live  Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
7. Song for Symphonic Band by William Bolcom
Conductor:  H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/06/2001 
Venue:  Live  Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8. Suite for Military Band no 1 in E flat major, Op. 28 no 1 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  H. Robert Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
Date of Recording: 04/06/2001 
Venue:  Live  Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan 
Length: 11 Minutes 41 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Lincolnshire Posy (Grainger): IV. The Brisk Young Sailor
Rosa Parks Boulevard (Daugherty)

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