If you're a Canadian Brass fan who remembers the group's classic RCA recordings from the 1980s and '90s, you'll be interested in the reissue/availability of its more recent offerings from its own Opening Day Recordings label, distributed by Universal Music. This release, from 2002, includes a wide-ranging program of first-class arrangements, from Scheidt and Gabrieli and Bach to Jelly Roll Morton (Black Bottom Stomp), a Glenn Miller medley, and Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me". Film composer Michael Kamen's Quintet, an original work for brass quintet written "at the request of former Canadian Brass trumpeter Ronald Romm", is a highlight. The group's trademark extraordinary technical precision and highly polishedRead more ensemble tone inform every selection, and although only two of the original members of the Brass remain (Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts), the consistent artistic standard and aim to entertain with dazzling, joyous music-making continues. If you haven't heard this legendary quintet before, this is a good place to start; if you're a brass ensemble fan, it's a must.
High Societyby Mort Greene Orchestra/Ensemble:
Period: 20th Century Written: USA
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Taking a chanceFebruary 27, 2016By L. Ragsdale (Minneapolis, MN)See All My Reviews"This is actually a long story, but I will reduce it. A friend's 10-year-old son recently took up playing the trumpet in school. I know something about brass instruments, but only as a composer with a few friends who play the French horn. Then I noticed I had contact with the principal trumpet in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and I sent her an email. She suggested any CD of the Canadian Brass would be a great intro to the young student and that is how I ordered this CD. I had to wait a while before hearing back if the 10-year-old liked the music on this CD or not, but finally the word came in that he really did like it. After all at this point he knew nothing about either classical or the kind of music the Canadian Brass mixes with classical. Since I never heard the CD myself I'm giving a 4, but I think it could be a 4.5."Report Abuse