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Over The Hills - And Far Away / Kristiansand Wind Ensemble


Release Date: 02/27/2007 
Label:  Two-l   Catalog #: 31   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsPercy Aldridge GraingerRichard StraussSergei Prokofiev,   ... 
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Although it may look like a hodge-podge, this collection of marches offers plenty of variety and makes for a very pleasant program of continuous listening. Some of the items are familiar whether as originally written or in wind-band transcriptions, including Barber's Commando March, Halvorson's Entry of the Boyars, Grieg's Funeral March for Rikard Nordraak, Grainger's Children's March, and Saint-Saëns' two marches (the March Militaire Francaise and Orient et Occident). Among the lesser-known titles, Ives' Overture and March "1776", Bull's Grand March, and Mendelssohn's Trauer-Marsch are particularly noteworthy.

Read more All receive lively, highly musical performances under conductor Bjorn Sagstad that fall lightly on the ear, and they are spectacularly well recorded in extremely natural SACD 5.1 surround-sound. The Kristiansand Blaseensemble boasts a mellow, liquid tone, particularly from its reed section, along with excellent intonation and a particularly clear feeling for rhythm. The Ives, for example, has amazing clarity and incisiveness, allowing the music to register joyfully without blaring. The result is a disc that band music collectors should seriously consider sampling.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


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The front cover of this CD doesn't identify it as a collection of marches for wind band, but that's what it is. It's also unlike almost any other collection of marches you've ever heard. The range of music, some of it arranged or adapted for the forces of Norway's Kristiansand Blaseensemble, is wide and unfailingly entertaining, with a collection of pieces that can only be described as unique individuals. There are a pair of patriotic marches from World War II, one Soviet, by Prokofiev, and one American, by Barber. It's fascinating to note that even a work written from the depths of the Soviet wartime experience retains something of Prokofiev's acid-tipped edge. Temporally the marches run from Mendelssohn and Weber to the middle of the twentieth century, and temperamentally they run from experimental to populist. What other band recording has included both the Ives Overture and March "1776" and the Grand March to the Memory of Washington by Ole Bull? Little of the music is familiar, all is intriguing, and none of it becomes monotonous; each piece has distinctive instrumentation, brought out in full detail by the Kristiansand group and the Super Audio engineers of the poorly named 2L label (the disc was auditioned on conventional equipment, and it will provide a satisfying sonic experience for all). Two marches by Camille Saint-Saëns are performed, and the description of an exotic-scale fugal passage in one of them, Orient et Occident, Op. 25, as "the belly dancer and Bach dancing together," suggests what is perhaps the album's best feature of all: its droll yet extremely informative booklet. Each work is illuminated with unusual details, and the buyer will also learn and become fascinated by such unlikely topics as the role of wind bands in Norwegian musical culture. A superb job all around and a must for anyone who likes wind band music.

- James Manheim, AllMusic Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Marche Militaire Française by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
2. Orient et Occident, Op. 25 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; France 
3. Children's March "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1918 
4. Military Marches (2), Op. 57: no 1 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Germany 
5. March in B flat major, Op. 99 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USSR 
6. March for Winds in C major, J 307 by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1801/1826; London, England 
7. Trauermarsch in A minor, Op. 103 by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836 
8. Commando March by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
9. Overture and March "1776" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1904; USA 
10. Valdres March by Johannes Hanssen
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Norway 
11. Entry March of the Boyars by Johan Halvorsen
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
12. El agiaco cubana: Grand March by Ole Borneman Bull
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Norway 
13. Funeral March in Memory of Richard Nordraak, EG 107 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kristiansand Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 

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