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Brass Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Rco Live   Catalog #: 7002   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hans Werner HenzeDerek BourgeoisWillem van OtterlooNick Woud,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BRASS OF THE ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA Ivan Meylemans, cond RCO LIVE 7002 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 81:05)

OTTERLOO Serenade. WOUD The Call. GABRIELI La bouree Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10. HENZE Ragtimes and Habaneras. Read more class="COMPOSER12">SCHMIDT Variants. BOURGEOIS Concerto grosso, op. 61

This is an amazing recording, one of the highlights of my listening experience in recent months. Here is fresh repertoire, inventively chosen. These are contemporary compositions, with one exception, the Gabrieli, played here with confidence and clarity, even sounding natural in the context of these modern masterpieces.

The contemporary pieces are challenging, yet mostly tonal and tuneful. Willem van Otterloo’s Serenade proves to be the perfect opener with its big, bold first movement. A highly melodic second movement features particularly lovely horn and trumpet solos, and a subtle celesta accompaniment. In the fleet, rhythmically charged third movement, percussion and trombones set the tempo, contrasting nicely with trumpet, tuba, and horn solos. The concluding fourth movement begins with rich ensemble writing, building to a triumphant finale. The Call by Nick Woud (solo timpanist of the Royal Concertgebouw) takes listeners through a kaleidoscope of emotions, ranging from a traditional march to moments of romanticism. Hans Werner Henze’s 11 short pieces in ragtime style provide a lighter touch. The RCO’s trumpets play with astonishing intonation and blend in William Schmidt’s Variants.

Derek Bourgeois’s Concerto grosso literally left me speechless. It would be impossible to state all the highlights. Here are a few: remarkable, virtuoso solos, in particular from the French horn, trumpet, and tuba (who shows astonishing range); tightly blended trombone and trumpet choirs; a memorable trombone-tuba duet; and ensemble playing never less than glorious throughout the full range of dynamics and tempos. Wow!

Ivan Meylemans allows the music and the musicians to shine, without radical or unnecessary interjections. A trombonist himself, he has an instinctive understanding of brass musicians and brass music. Both he and the players here sound like they had a great time. The playing was brilliant. I listened to this Super Audio CD on conventional gear, but the sound was spectacular. With more than 81 minutes, it hardly needs to be added that listeners get their money’s worth. Listening to this disc was a great experience. Strongly recommended.

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Works on This Recording

Ragtimes and Habaneras by Hans Werner Henze
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Brass Ensemble
Written: 1975 
Concerto Grosso by Derek Bourgeois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Brass Ensemble
Written: 1979 rev 1982 
Serenade for Brass, Harp, Celesta and Percussion by Willem van Otterloo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Netherlands (Holland 
The Call by Nick Woud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
Variants by William Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concertgebouw Brass Ensemble

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