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Wes10 Brass - Blech Aus Dem Western, Very British - Byrd, Premru, Langford, Et Al

Byrd / Howarth / Premru / Langfor / West 10 Brass
Release Date: 03/23/2010 
Label:  Ars Produktion   Catalog #: 380666   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  William ByrdRaymond PremruGordon LangfordTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Harry Ries
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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

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VERY BRITISH Wes10 Brass ARS PRODUKTION 38 066 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 54:53)


BYRD Earl of Oxford’s March. PREMRU Read more Divertimento (selections). LANGFORD London Miniature. TRAD (arr. Iveson) Londonderry Air. J. PARKER A Londoner in New York (Part 2). LED ZEPPELIN (arr. Collings) Stairway to Heaven. ELGAR Enigma Variations: Nimrod


The curiously named Wes10 (pronounced “wes-ten”) Brass is a 10-member ensemble based in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia area, but makes its recording debut with an English program much in the style of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble (which, indeed, released complete versions of this disc’s Jim Parker and Gordon Langford works some 25 years ago on Claves). Wes10 is a sonorous group, especially on the deep end, and quite nimble in the fast passagework, as in the opening William Byrd piece (arranged by ubiquitous British bandsman Elgar Howarth, a Philip Jones veteran). The group’s intensity can flag a little in the slow movements of Ray Premru’s Divertimento (the slow parts are the weakest sections of this score, anyway), but the ensemble members are on their toes the rest of the time. Germans are not noted for their sense of humor, but these players certainly can step lightly through a whimsical piece like the “Radio City” movement of Parker’s A Londoner in New York , and John Iveson’s arrangement of the Londonderry Air is initially full of tipsy slides, as at closing time at an Irish pub. Surprisingly, the rock standard Stairway to Heaven works very well in this arrangement by Bruce Collings—better, actually, than do Ray Premru’s slow movements on their own. The one small comedown is the program closer, Elgar’s “Nimrod” Variation, which here is a little matter-of-fact; it could benefit from a slightly slower tempo and greater dynamic range. All in all, though, this is a very well-played program of light British music, enjoying clarion-clear, distortion-free DSD 5.1 sonics.


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Works on This Recording

1.
The March before the Battle, or The Earl of Oxford's March, MB 93 by William Byrd
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Divertimento, for brass: Of Knights and Castles by Raymond Premru
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Period: Modern 
Written: 1976 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Divertimento, for brass: A Tale from long ago by Raymond Premru
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Period: Modern 
Written: 1976 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Divertimento, for brass: Petite March by Raymond Premru
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Period: Modern 
Written: 1976 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
Divertimento, for brass: Le bateau sur léman by Raymond Premru
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Period: Modern 
Written: 1976 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6.
Divertimento, for brass: Blues March by Raymond Premru
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Period: Modern 
Written: 1976 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
7.
London Miniatures by Gordon Langford
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 16 Minutes 14 Secs. 
8.
Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Performer:  Harry Ries (Trombone)
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Written: Ireland 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
9.
A Londoner in New York, for brass ensemble: Part 2. Central Park by Jim Parker
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
A Londoner in New York, for brass ensemble: Part 2. Radio City by Jim Parker
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11.
Stairway to Heaven by Jimmy Page
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; England 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
12.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma": Variation 9, Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Michael Forster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wes10Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
Venue:  Immanuelskirche Wuppertal 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Earl of Oxford's March (arr. E. Howarth)
Divertimento: Of Knights and Castle
Divertimento: A Tale from Long Ago
Divertimento: Petite March
Divertimento: Le bateau sur leman
Divertimento: Blues March
London Miniatures: London Calls
London Miniatures: Soho
London Miniatures: Green Park
London Miniatures: Trafalgar Square
London Miniatures: The Cenotaph
London Miniatures: Horse Guards Parade
Londonderry Air
A Londoner in New York: IV. Central Park
A Londoner in New York: V. Radio City
Stairway to Heaven (arr. B. Collings)
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 9: Nimrod

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