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Above and Beyond / Schwarz, "President's Own" US Marine Band


Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573121   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul CrestonAaron CoplandGerard SchwarzPercy Aldridge Grainger,   ... 
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Few wind ensembles have earned such international acclaim as the United States Marine Band, virtuosos who here perform an excitingly varied programme directed by the award-winning conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz. Established classics such as Frederick Fennell’s edition of Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy sit alongside Paul Creston’s festive Celebration Overture. Copland’s pungent Emblems evokes Amazing Grace in masterly fashion, whilst Schwarz himself contributes his own recent composition Above and Beyond, written specifically for this band in recognition of its remarkable musicianship.

"The award-winning conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, conducts the famous American band in a
Read more programme of original works and transcriptions...for me the jewels of the disc come in Paul Creston’s vivacious Celebration Overture...and Copland’s Emblems, the whimsical and brilliant outer movements framing the Amazing Grace melody. Needless to say the playing is of the highest quality, while the recording is punchy and well detailed."
-- David Denton, Naxos [5/2014]

"Above and Beyond may be one of the finest overall programs in Naxos’ wind band series. The release features a great collection of significant classic band music in superb performances while introducing two recent pieces into the mix as well."
-- Steven A. Kennedy, Cinemusical [4/2014]

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Works on This Recording

1.
Celebration Overture, Op. 61 by Paul Creston
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
2.
Emblems by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
3.
Above and Beyond by Gerard Schwarz
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
4.
Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; USA 
5.
Ceremonial by Bernard Rands
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
6.
Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
7.
Commando March by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
8.
Geneviève de Brabant: Gendarme's Duet by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
Written: 1859 

Sound Samples

Celebration Overture, Op. 61
Emblems
Above and Beyond
Lincolnshire Posy (arr. F. Fennell for wind ensemble): I. Lisbon
Lincolnshire Posy (arr. F. Fennell for wind ensemble): II. Horkstow Grange
Lincolnshire Posy (arr. F. Fennell for wind ensemble): III. Rufford Park Poachers
Lincolnshire Posy (arr. F. Fennell for wind ensemble): IV. The Brisk Young Sailor
Lincolnshire Posy (arr. F. Fennell for wind ensemble): V. Lord Melbourne
Lincolnshire Posy (arr. F. Fennell for wind ensemble): VI. The Lost Lady Found
Ceremonial
Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a (arr. F. Hudson for wind ensemble)
Commando March
The Marines' Hymn (arr. D. Hunsberger for wind ensemble)

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