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Mussorgsky, Glinka, Bohme, Alabiev /Fine Arts Brass Ensemble


Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 5645   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mikhail GlinkaOskar BöhmeModest MussorgskyAlexander Alyabyev
Performer:  Simon LentonAngela WhelanStephen RobertsRichard Sandland,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

While there are many recordings by brass ensembles which reflect modern jazz-influenced ideas, this one is distinctively "classical". More the better, for there is no other context that would do justice to Russian nationalistic music, its folk melodies and emphasis on brass and percussive sounds. This recording by the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble knows exactly what it is setting out to do, and it accomplishes that. These are interesting arrangements, holding to the original character of the pieces, slightly lighter and more buoyant. Yet, Russian is Russian. The 'Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla' starts the disc with familiar melodic fanfare, while the Sextet for Brass by Böhme contains extremely lyrical passages, reminding one of the beautiful, Read more plaintive qualities available from the trumpet.
The boldest work on the disc is a transcription for brass quintet of the piano work, 'Pictures at an Exhibition' by Modest Mussorgsky. The Ensemble catches the mood of each of the shorter pieces with great flair and cleverness. The playing is all virtuosic and deft, never heavy. This is a new light to shed upon traditionally heavy music, yet without loss of color, integrity, or mood. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Simon Lenton (Trumpet), Angela Whelan (Trumpet), Stephen Roberts (French Horn),
Richard Sandland (Tuba), Simon Hogg (Trombone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  St. Bartholomew's Church, Wednsebury 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Stephen Roberts 
2.
Sextet in E flat minor, Op 30 by Oskar Böhme
Performer:  Richard Sandland (Tuba), Simon Hogg (Trombone), Stephen Roberts (French Horn),
Simon Lenton (Trumpet), Angela Whelan (Trumpet), Bryan Allen (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  St. James Church, Alveston, Warwickshire 
Length: 16 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Sorochintsy fair: Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Simon Lenton (Trumpet), Simon Hogg (Trombone), Richard Sandland (Tuba),
Angela Whelan (Trumpet), Stephen Roberts (French Horn), Bryan Allen (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  St. James Church, Alveston, Warwickshire 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Stephen Roberts
Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1880). 
4.
Pictures at an Exhibition (arrangements and orchestrations other than Ravel's) by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Simon Hogg (Trombone), Simon Lenton (Trumpet), Richard Sandland (Tuba),
Angela Whelan (Trumpet), Stephen Roberts (French Horn), Bryan Allen (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1996-98 
Venue:  St. James Church, Alveston, Warwickshire 
Length: 33 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Stephen Roberts
This selection was also recorded at St. Bartholomew's Church, Wednesbury, West Midlands. 
5.
Quintet for Brass by Alexander Alyabyev
Performer:  Angela Whelan (Trumpet), Simon Hogg (Trombone), Stephen Roberts (French Horn),
Bryan Allen (Trumpet), Simon Lenton (Trumpet), Richard Sandland (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts Brass Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  St. James Church, Alveston, Warwickshire 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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