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Burana In Brass / Washington Symphonic Brass


Release Date: 10/02/2007 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 287612   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hector BerliozGeorges BizetGiacomo PucciniSir Edward Elgar,   ... 
Performer:  Phil SnedecorMartin HacklemanCharles CaseyWilliam Neil
Conductor:  Milton Stevens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CARMINA BURANA & OTHER DELIGHTS Milton Stevens, cond; Washington Symphonic Brass WARNER 287612 (69:58)


What a delightful disc! These arrangements for brass are very well done, the playing is both precise and exciting, and there is a wider range of color than you might have thought possible. The main work is an abridged version of Orff’s Carmina burana . We get 16 of the work’s 25 sections in a brilliant arrangement by Phil Snedecor. Would I want to hear this instead of Orff’s original Read more cantata? Of course not. But do I enjoy it on its own merits as a fun display of brass virtuosity and brilliance? Absolutely!


The remainder of the disc features the “March to the Scaffold” from Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique , the “Habañera” and “Toreador Song” from Carmen , arias from Puccini’s La bohème and Turandot (the latter the ever-present “Nessun dorma”), the “Nimrod” variation from Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations , and the finale of Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony , with William Neil as organ soloist. All the performances are splendid, with energy and élan to spare, but never at the expense of precision. The conductor, who sadly died last summer, was also principal trombone of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra and the founder of the Washington Symphonic Brass. The ensemble has been in existence since 1993, and one hopes it will survive its founder.


The recorded sound is spacious but never muddy—detail, perspective, and balance are all present in abundance along with the warmth of the overall acoustic. This is a terrific recording for any brass-lover.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14: 4th movement, March to the Scaffold by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Milton Stevens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
Venue:  St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Phil Snedecor.
St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA (07/31/2005 - 08/01/2005) 
2.
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Phil Snedecor (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Milton Stevens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass
Written: 1873-1874 
Venue:  St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song"."
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874).
Arranger: Phil Snedecor.St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA (07/31/2005 - 08/01/2005) 
3.
Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Phil Snedecor (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Milton Stevens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Venue:  St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera"."
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874).
Arranger: Phil Snedecor.
St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA (07/31/2005 - 08/01/2005) 
4.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Martin Hackleman (French Horn)
Conductor:  Milton Stevens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Venue:  St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Phil Snedecor.
St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA (07/31/2005 - 08/01/2005) 
5.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Charles Casey (Trombone)
Conductor:  Milton Stevens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Venue:  St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Phil Snedecor.
St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA (07/31/2005 - 08/01/2005) 
6.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma": Variation 9, Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  William Neil (Organ)
Conductor:  Milton Stevens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
Date of Recording: 08/02/2005 
Venue:  National Presbyterian Church, Wash. DC 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Phil Snedecor. 
7.
Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ": Maestoso/Allegro "Finale" by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  William Neil (Organ)
Conductor:  Milton Stevens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 08/02/2005 
Venue:  National Presbyterian Church, Wash. DC 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Phil Snedecor. 
8.
Carmina burana: Excerpt(s) by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Milton Stevens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Symphonic Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Venue:  St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA 
Notes: Arranger: Phil Snedecor.
St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA (07/31/2005 - 08/01/2005) 

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