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Stained Glass Windows

Dilorenzo / Messiah College Wind Ensemble
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Klavier Records   Catalog #: 11198   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Yo GotoRandall StroopeClaude T. SmithJoseph Turrin,   ... 
Performer:  Todd [Sax (Alto)] Goranson
Conductor:  Bradley Genevro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Messiah College Wind EnsembleBrass Cross (Ensemble)Tromba Mundi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS Bradley Genevro, cond; Todd Goranson 1 (a sax); Messiah College Wind Ens KLAVIER 11198 (76:38)



DI LORENZO Luminosity. GOTO Songs. C. WILLIAMS Symphonic Dance No. 5, “New Generation.” YURKO Stained Glass Windows. Read more STROOPE Lamor de me Alma (arr. F. Umar). BLASKO Victory Fanfare. HARCROW For the Beauty of the Earth. C. T. SMITH 1 Fantasia. TURRIN Concertino


Anthony Di Lorenzo’s Luminosity is perhaps the perfect way to open this highly impressive disc. The opening is bright and full of energy. Crescendos are very carefully balanced by Genevro; the lyrical central section showcases the velvety smooth legato that the Messiah College Wind Ensemble is capable of.


Perhaps reflecting the ambitions of the present wind ensemble, Yo Goto’s piece Songs (2009), according to Genevro’s booklet notes, “explores musical simultaneity in order to liberate an audience from experiences of linear-oriented time.” Nothing much, then. It is, actually, a fine piece, starting off from a remarkably beautiful space, in total contrast to the Di Lorenzo. The more animated sections have a decidedly Bernstein-like tinge. The performance is excellent: impeccably slick and tight in the highly rhythmic sections, in fact.


The more raucous Clifton Williams piece seems to refer to big band music. A student of Hanson at Eastman, Williams writes with a sure hand. The slower section is beautifully imagined in terms of scoring. In contrast, the steady, almost ceremonial gait of Bruce Yurko’s Stained Glass Windows begins with a stately pulsation. The hymnic element is to the fore, beautifully sustained here in terms of legato. There follows a set of three variations. This is a tremendous piece that in its relatively short duration exhibits a wide dramatic span, from the dark second variation to the more energetic third.


Dedicated to Suzuki (of the Suzuki Method), Z. Randall Stroope’s Amor de mi Alma is a touching tribute, gorgeously delivered here. Genevro’s keen ear means that chords are balanced to perfection throughout.


Again, high contrast is on the menu as Benjamin Blasko’s Victory Fanfare arrives, carrying with it pronounced echoes of Janá?ek’s Sinfonietta. Scored for trumpet ensemble and wind orchestra, this is a tour de force , and a real demonstration of how fine the trumpeters at Messiah College can be. Another hymn tune provides the basis for Michael A. Harcrow’s For the Beauty of the Earth, a moving set of variations, expertly performed here.


The alto saxophonist Todd Goranson is an agile and characterful soloist in Claude T. Smith’s zany Fantasia . The quirkiest piece of the disc, this is pure delight from start to finish, a cartoon-like ride (or chase, possibly). There is a superbly rendered cadenza, but it is the sheer cheekiness of the piece that remains stamped on the memory.


Finally, there is Joseph Turrin’s Concertino for 11 instruments and wind ensemble. Perhaps at some 16 minutes duration Turrin’s work is a trifle overlong (it does seem to lose its way around the 10-minute mark) but once it awakens, the rousing end is an excellent way to close the disc.


This is a superb disc from just about every angle, and a magnificent statement of the high professionalism possible from student ensembles.


FANFARE: Colin Clarke
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs, for wind ensemble by Yo Goto
Conductor:  Bradley Genevro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Messiah College Wind Ensemble
Written: 2008 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Amor de mi Alma, for chorus & piano by Randall Stroope
Conductor:  Bradley Genevro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Messiah College Wind Ensemble
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Fantasia, for saxophone & band by Claude T. Smith
Performer:  Todd [Sax (Alto)] Goranson ()
Conductor:  Bradley Genevro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Messiah College Wind Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Written: 1981 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4.
Concertino for 11 Instruments and Wind Ensemble by Joseph Turrin
Conductor:  Bradley Genevro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Messiah College Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th/21st Centuries 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and 
Length: 16 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Luminosity, for brass band & percussion by Anthony DiLorenzo
Conductor:  Bradley Genevro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Messiah College Wind Ensemble,  Brass Cross (Ensemble)
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
New Generation, symphonic dance for band No. 5 by Clifton Williams
Conductor:  Bradley Genevro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Messiah College Wind Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7.
Stained Glass Windows, for wind ensemble by Bruce Yurko
Conductor:  Bradley Genevro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Messiah College Wind Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and 
Length: 13 Minutes 48 Secs. 
8.
Victory Fanfare, for wind ensemble by Benjamin Blasko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Messiah College Wind Ensemble,  Tromba Mundi
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
9.
For the Beauty of the Earth, for wind ensemble by Michael Harcrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Messiah College Wind Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 02/2013 
Venue:  Parmer Hall, High Center for Worship and 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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