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Burnished Bright - Brass, Organ, Bells / Chalmers, Et Al


Release Date: 09/05/2006 
Label:  Gloriae Dei Cantores   Catalog #: 40   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachHenry PurcellDavid Ashley WhiteMichael Bedford,   ... 
Performer:  David Chalmers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The title of this release aptly defines its music. Everything is traditionally tonal and religiously celebratory. All has been recorded under the auspices of Paraclete Press and Gloria Dei Artes Foundation, Inc, which are apparently connected with the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, which is, as best as I can discern from the fragmentary liner notes, an ecumenical (at least in a Christian sense) organization, and the venue of this recording.

The results are impressive on a number of levels. All the participants are given fine support in terms of sound—some of the selections, especially Michael Hale’s moving Gregorian—chant-based Reflections on the Trinity, which pits a solo trombone against the organ,
Read more the remaining four brass players, and the otherworldly delicacy of the handbell choir, present formidable challenges in terms of balance. The handbell choir also appears in his setting of the Advent hymn, Veni, and Andrew Haig’s Apse Fanfare. All challenges are handily overcome, owing both to the sensitivity of the musicians and the perspicacity of the recording team. But, gripe No. 1 (from a musicologist inhabiting an oldish world increasingly removed from our current reality): the arrangers of the Purcell, the Charpentier, the Pachelbell, and the Pinkham pieces, are not given, though the publishing firms, in all cases on this release, are. Gripe No. 2: next to no information about the quite worthy contemporary composers who provide roughly four fifths of the music on this release is provided.

The Church of the Transfiguration (dedicated in June 2000) provides a darkly rich acoustical surround for David Chalmers’s instrument—a restoration and expansion of the pipework from 12 organs built by the E. M. Skinner Organ Company in the early 20th century. Alas, no organ specs are provided.

Organist David Chalmers holds degrees from a neighbor of mine—Westminster Choir College—and from the Eastman School of Music, and acquits himself admirably. The rest of the musicians are all similarly world-class, but most important, they play this music from a sense of deep religious conviction. They are moved, and so, therefore, can we be.

In fine showmanship fashion, the producers of this disc have left the most overtly impressive piece for last—Craig Phillips’s three-movement Suite, underpinned by two percussionists.

FANFARE: William Zagorski
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Works on This Recording

1.
Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen, entweichet ihr Schmerzen, es lebet der Heiland, BWV 66: no 1, Erfreut euch by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Abdelazer, Z 570 "Moor's Revenge": Rondeau by Henry Purcell
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Triptych for Brass Quintet and Organ by David Ashley White
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Fantasia on "Victimae paschali laudes" by Michael Bedford
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5.
Transfiguration Fanfare by Michael J. Hale
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Reflections on the Trinity by Michael J. Hale
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
Te Deum in D major, H 146: Prelude by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8.
Veni by Michael J. Hale
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
9.
Apse Fanfare by Andrew Haig
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Christmas Cantata: Gloria by Daniel Pinkham
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11.
Suite for Organ, Brass Quintet and Percussion by Craig Phillips
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 2001; USA 
Length: 15 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12.
Fantasia for Organ in D minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  David Chalmers (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 

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