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From The Back Row - Dubensky, Bach, Et Al / Pittsburgh Symphony Low Brass


Release Date: 03/04/2008 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1003   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arkadi DubenskiClaude DebussyGabriel GrovlezMaurice Ravel,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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FROM THE BACK ROW: PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY LOW BRASS SECTION Peter Sullivan (tbn); Rebecca Bower Cherian (tbn); Murray Crewe (bs tbn); Craig Knox (tb) ALBANY TROY 1003 (53:37)


DUBENSKY Concerto grosso. BACH Prelude in b?, BWV 867, (arr. Seibert). Toccata and Fugue in d, BWV 565, Read more class="ARIAL12">(arr. Beaudry). DEBUSSY (arr. Beaudry) La fille aux cheveux de lin. GROVLEZ (arr. Barr) Petites litanies de Jesus. RAVEL Bolero: Excerpt. TOMASI Etre ou ne pas etre. J. SULLIVAN From the Back Row. BRUCKNER (arr. Rose) Symphony No. 7: Excerpt. Tantum Ergo: Lento; Solenne; Poco adagio. BEETHOVEN (arr. Auger) Piano Sonata no. 8: Adagio cantabile. FRESCOBALDI (arr. Beaudry) Toccata. HINDEMITH (arr. Griffith) Mathis der Mahler: Excerpts. Morgenmusik


This release, containing a lot of improbable repertoire for the ensemble at hand—the low brass section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra—ably displays its virtuosity. I found the Concerto grosso for three trombones and tuba by Arcady Dubensky (1890–1966) of greatest interest. Dubensky was a Russian violinist who for many years played in the New York Philharmonic. This piece was one of the first designed to feature the low brass of a symphony orchestra. It was originally designed as a brass quartet (two tenor trombones, a bass trombone, and a tuba). In 1949, Leopold Stokowski, who liked the piece, suggested that Dubensky compose an orchestration to convert the quartet into a concerto grosso. Dubensky complied, and Stokowski conducted the premiere of that version that same year. Here it is presented, in all its resourceful glory, in its original form.


I’m delighted to report that the whole enterprise (most of which consists of transcriptions of keyboard pieces) works admirably. When I saw Debussy’s “Girl with the Flaxen Hair” on the listing, I had my doubts. The ensemble, however, produced an airy and hauntingly beautiful account of it. At the other extreme, the all too tiny Bruckner Seventh excerpt (from its last movement) was, appropriately granite-like and hair-raising.


These musicians play with the skill, acumen, and sheer musicality of our best brass quartets, once again attesting to the high level of our current American symphony orchestra personnel. Eons ago, while interviewing the members of the Empire Brass for a Fanfare feature article, its then tubist, Samuel Pilafian, stated one of their goals as “achieving total meltdown.” By that he meant, finding the center of the most perfect intonation and balancing their volume and tone production to the point that the individual players disappeared, leaving only one cosmic tone. In this release, total meltdown is a regular occurrence.


The sound is totally up to the task at hand.

FANFARE: William Zagorski


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto grosso for 3 Trombones and Tuba by Arkadi Dubenski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Pierre Beaudry. 
3.
Petites Litanies de Jésus by Gabriel Grovlez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Nigel Barr. 
4.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5.
Etre ou ne pas être by Henri Tomasi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6.
From the Back Row by Joe Sullivan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
Tantum ergo by Anton Bruckner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Don Rose. 
8.
Toccata by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Pierre Beaudry. 
9.
Mathis der Maler: Excerpt(s) by Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934-1935; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Pierre Beaudry. 
10.
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ted Griffith. 
11.
Symphony no 7: Excerpt(s) by Anton Bruckner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Don Rose. 
12.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 22 in B flat minor, BWV 867 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Bob Seibert. 
13.
Plöner Musiktag: Morgenmusik by Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ted Griffith. 
14.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Pierre Beaudry. 
15.
Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique": 2nd movement, Adagio cantabile by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Evelin Auger. 

Sound Samples

Concerto Grosso: I. Prelude
Concerto Grosso: II. Toccata
Concerto Grosso: III. Fugue
Prelude and Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV 867 (arr. for brass)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (arr. for brass)
Preludes, Book 1: No. 8: La fille aux cheveux de lin (arr. for brass)
Petites Litanies de Jesus (arr. for brass)
Bolero (excerpt) (arr. for brass)
Etre ou ne pas etre
From the Back Row
Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107: IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht schnell (arr. for brass)
Tantum Ergo (arr. for brass): I. Lento
Tantum Ergo (arr. for brass): II. Solenne
Tantum Ergo (arr. for brass): III. Poco adagio
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique": II. Adagio cantabile (arr. for brass)
Toccata (arr. for brass)
Mathis der Maler Symphony (excerpts): I. Ruhig bewegt
Mathis der Maler Symphony (excerpts): II. Sehr lebhaft
Mathis der Maler Symphony (excerpts): III. Breit halbe Alleluia
Ploner Musiktag: I. Morgenmusik von Turm zu blasen (arr. for brass): I. Massig bewegt
Ploner Musiktag: I. Morgenmusik von Turm zu blasen (arr. for brass): II. Lied: Langsame Viertel
Ploner Musiktag: I. Morgenmusik von Turm zu blasen (arr. for brass): III. Bewegt
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber: IV. March (arr. for brass)

Customer Reviews

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 This is terrific November 29, 2013 By Dr. Mitchell Gurk (Spencer, MA) See All My Reviews "Many works on the program repeat a recent recital by Boston SO back row players, having heard once, these astounding conceptions and sonics, promised self i would hear again, which this CD accomplished. Tomasi's is profound, Dubensky's fresh and delightful. Much of the rest unusual brief encore pieces which open the ear to the perhaps too familiar." Report Abuse
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