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Wind Band Classics - Monumental Works for Winds / Colburn, US Marine Band


Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570243   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiIgor StravinskyVincent PersichettiJaromir Weinberger,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael J. Colburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


"The President's Own" United States Marine Band, established in 1798, is a tremendously virtuosic and accomplished ensemble, as this collection shows. The players handle the intricacies of Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments with exceptional finesse, making this one of the most intelligent, flowing, and expressive performances on disc. Under the direction of Lt. Col. Michael J. Colburn, they swagger through such classics as Persichetti's marvelous Sixth Symphony and Copland's Emblems, while packing plenty of punch for the "potboilers": Grainger's Over the Hills and Far Away, Walton's Crown Imperial, the ubiquitous Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper, and the disc's
Read more opener, the Triumphal March from Aida.

Two additional points need emphasizing. The basic sonority of the ensemble is big, round, and warm, with not a trace of stridency in the upper brass. The woodwind choirs are impeccably tuned, and the total result is much more "symphonic" and less "marching band-like" than you might expect. In short, the playing never turns harsh or fatiguing, even if you want to take in the entire disc at a sitting. Second, the transcriptions, where applicable, are very well-made. The Polka and Fugue for once doesn't sound silly, and the extract from Aida (made by one of Verdi's Italian contemporaries) is a sort of fantasia on the themes of the entire Triumphal Scene, going beyond just the march itself. Indeed, the "Glory to Egypt" hymn doesn't even appear until a couple of minutes in, and the result is extremely attractive and surprisingly lyrical.

Glorious, naturally impactful sonics complete the picture. This is a marvelous disc in every respect, and we can only hope that it marks the beginning of a series featuring this ensemble. They made a few discs for Musical Heritage Society that were equally stunning (including one of the best-ever recordings of The Pines of Rome), and to have them on hand for a more systematic survey of the band repertoire, both original and in transcription, would be a wonderful boon to collectors and fans of great band playing.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Aida: Grand March by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Michael J. Colburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Giuseppe Creatore. 
2. Symphonies of Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Michael J. Colburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 6, Op. 69 "Symphony for Band" by Vincent Persichetti
Conductor:  Michael J. Colburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Length: 15 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4. Schwanda the Bagpiper: Polka and Fugue by Jaromir Weinberger
Conductor:  Michael J. Colburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Prague, Czech Republ 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Glenn Cliffe Bainum. 
5. Emblems by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Michael J. Colburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6. Children's March "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Michael J. Colburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1918 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7. Coronation March "Crown Imperial" by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Michael J. Colburn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: William James Duthoit. 

Featured Sound Samples

Aida: Grand March (Verdi, arr. Creatore)
Symphony no 6 "Symphony for Band" (Persichetti): IV. Vivace

Sound Samples

Aida: Act II: Triumphal March (arr. for wind band)
Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Symphony No. 6, Op. 69, "Symphony for Band": I. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No. 6, Op. 69, "Symphony for Band": II. Adagio sostenuto
Symphony No. 6, Op. 69, "Symphony for Band": III. Allegretto
Symphony No. 6, Op. 69, "Symphony for Band": IV. Vivace
Svanda dudak (Schwanda, the Bagpiper) (arr. for wind band): Schwanda, the Bagpiper: Polka and Fugue (arr. for wind band)
Emblems
Over the Hills and Far Away
Crown Imperial (arr. for wind band)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Still the greatest December 19, 2013 By Glenn S. (Puyallup, WA) See All My Reviews "Earlier this year I gave this recording to one of my professors from college who is now 92 years old, a former marine who played the very first TAPS at Iwo Jima ion WWII. His comment: THere's no doubt they are the best band in the world today. (No arguement from me on that one!)" Report Abuse
 Colorful and profound December 15, 2013 By Richard K. (Oro Valley, AZ) See All My Reviews "Arguably, the wind band can be more colorful than the symphony orchestra. When at technically accomplished ensemble such as the US Marine Band plays this repertoire you have a rainbow of intricate melodies to enjoy." Report Abuse
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