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Old English Songs And Dances / Western Brass Quintet

Dowland / Holborne / Western Brass Quintet
Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  Summit Records   Catalog #: 537   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert WhaleyDonald BullockAnthony HolborneElliott Carter,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Brass Quintet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since its founding in 1966, the Western Brass Quintet has specialized in researching and performing old music. This disc features arrangements made by members of the WBQ of English music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The choice of this music to arrange and transcribe is based on the beauty of the melodic lines and the interesting harmonic textures. The approach used was one of combining different songs or dances, like in the Holborne arrangement later on this disc, thereby expanding each movement to include up to three pieces. Instead of pairing dances together they selected songs and dances that fit the emotion of the movement and compliment each other well. Improvisatory-like sections have been constructed to connect Dowland’s Read more songs within each movement. Along with written out ornamentations and embellishments, the WBQ performers also have added their own embellishments. - Summit

"...exhibiting a remarkable flair for the Renaissance style..." -The New York Concert Review

"The Western Brass Quintet gave unremitting evidence of their individual talents and ensemble training; chords were precisely weighted and registered, instrumental blends were sensitively arranged, and there was rarely a tentatively attacked or released note." -The New York Times Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Songs and Dances, for brass quintet by Robert Whaley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Brass Quintet
Length: 17 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2. Masques and Antimasques, for brass quintet by Donald Bullock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Brass Quintet
Length: 15 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3. Short Airs, Grave and Light: Excerpt(s) by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Brass Quintet
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 14 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4. Pavans, Galliards, Almaines (65): Excerpt(s) by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Brass Quintet
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 14 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5. Fantasy on Purcell's Fantasia on One Note by Elliott Carter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Brass Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
6. Pausanias, Z 585: My dearest, my fairest by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Brass Quintet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7. Sound the trumpet, Z 335 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Brass Quintet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1687; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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