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Earthrise / Thomas, Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble

Clarke / Turnbull / Santandreu / Thomas
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573184  
Composer:  Nigel ClarkeKit TurnbullJesus Santandreu
Conductor:  Reed Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle Tennessee University Wind Ensmeble
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This program presents exciting new works by three composers whose backgrounds range from military bands to rock and jazz music. Nigel Clarke’s Earthrise represents the drama of the entire NASA Apollo 8 flight. This contrasts with the Heritage Suite, a representation of the day-to-day life of the historic market town of West Malling in Kent, England. Celebrating the Battle of Britain in 1940, Their Finest Hour uses the actual alarm bell which called the RAF fighter pilots to their planes. In Kit Turnbull’s striking evocation the trombone assumes the rôle of the griot, a poet, storyteller and musician who chronicles West African tribal stories through words, mime and movement. Jesús Santandreu’s Sortes Diabolorum evokes the Read more violence of the Inquisition and the ultimate triumph of common sense over superstition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Earthrise by Nigel Clarke
Conductor:  Reed Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle Tennessee University Wind Ensmeble
Written: 2010 
2.
Griot by Kit Turnbull
Conductor:  Reed Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle Tennessee University Wind Ensmeble
Written: 2009 
3.
Heritage Suite by Nigel Clarke
Conductor:  Reed Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle Tennessee University Wind Ensmeble
Written: 2010 
4.
Sortes Diabolorum by Jesus Santandreu
Conductor:  Reed Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle Tennessee University Wind Ensmeble
Written: 2010 
5.
Their Finest Hour by Nigel Clarke
Conductor:  Reed Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle Tennessee University Wind Ensmeble
Written: 2010 

Sound Samples

Earthrise
Griot: I. The Orator
Griot: II. The Songsmith
Griot: III. Dancers and Drummers
Heritage Suite (What Hope Saw): I. Bric-a-brac Market
Heritage Suite (What Hope Saw): II. Prayers and Plagues
Heritage Suite (What Hope Saw): III. Cornucopia
Heritage Suite (What Hope Saw): IV. Hop Pickers Round
Heritage Suite (What Hope Saw): V. Warm Beer and Cricket
Heritage Suite (What Hope Saw): VI. Wyatt's Rebllion and Hope
Sortes Diabolorum
Their Finest Hour

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