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Sousa: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 19 / Brion, Royal College of Music Wind Orchestra


Release Date: 07/12/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559839  
Composer:  John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Laura HockingIzzy AtkinsonRosanna CooperLinda Ekstrom Stanley,   ... 
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal College Of Music Wind Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In addition to his world-famous marches, John Philip Sousa was a master of the piquant Humoresque, of which there are two examples here. The first, On the 5.15, is a popular song detailing the travails of a commuter, while the second, The Band Came Back, introduces popular tunes in witty fashion. The sonorous Second Fantasia from El Capitan showcases the band’s bravura qualities and The Fighting Race draws on a trombone solo. There are charming detours to explore rural Americana in the form of Sheep and Goat (‘Walkin to the Pasture’) and the evergreen classic, Turkey in the Straw. In addition to his world-famous marches, John Philip Sousa was a master of the piquant Humoresque, of which there are two examples here. The first, On the 5.15, is a popular song detailing the travails of a commuter, while the second, The Band Came Back, introduces popular tunes in witty fashion. The sonorous Second Fantasia from El Capitan showcases the band’s bravura qualities and The Fighting Race draws on a trombone solo. There are charming detours to explore rural Americana in the form of Sheep and Goat (‘Walkin to the Pasture’) and the evergreen classic, Turkey in the Straw. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
El Capitan (march) by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal College Of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; USA 
2.
Non-committal Declarations by John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Laura Hocking (Mezzo-soprano), Izzy Atkinson (Soprano), Rosanna Cooper (Mezzo-soprano)
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal College Of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; United States 
3.
Humoresque: On the 5.15 by John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Linda Ekstrom Stanley (Narrator), Keith Brion (Narrator)
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal College Of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; United States 
4.
The Bride Elect: March by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal College Of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
5.
The Fighting Race by John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Jonathan Hollick (Trombone)
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal College Of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; United States 
6.
The Band Came Back by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal College Of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895/1926 
7.
Sheep and Goat, "Walkin' to the Pasture" by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal College Of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; United States 
8.
Turkey in the Straw by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal College Of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; United States 

Customer Reviews

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 Nice Performance; A Couple of Caveats January 4, 2020 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "I have listened to all 19 volumes (thus far) in Naxos' Sousa project and have enjoyed them all. In this latest edition, conductor Keith Brion's direction of the Royal College of Music's Wind Orchestra is excellent, and the orchestra's playing is technically very accomplished, as you might expect. The program consists of a diverse assortment of compositions, but interestingly enough no marches. Two re-arranged excerpts from Sousa's larger works (El Capitan and The Bride Elect), 2 humoresques, and 2 short tracks paying homage to farmers (Sheep and Goat and Turkey in the Straw) may give some idea of the variety offered here. In general, the overall effect is quite positive, although I have a couple of caveats. First, there are some brief sung and spoken passages on a couple of the tracks, which may at first hearing be disconcerting, as well unexpected. Second, one will hear a lot of solo instrument work throughout the recording. Full tutti orchestral power certainly is present, just not as much as I would have expected; after all, this is Sousa! For these reasons (which may not matter to others), I chose to rate this disk at the 4 star level, rather than my usual 5." Report Abuse
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