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Ballet For Band / Fennell, Eastman Wind Ensemble


Release Date: 10/13/1992 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 434322   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Arthur SullivanOttorino RespighiCharles GounodRichard Wagner
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of the original LPs that make up this CD:

Perhaps it is inevitable that the ballet music from Faust played by a military band should seem to have something of an oldfashioned sound to it—the associations are altogether too strong. Yet here it is really as spry as you could have any right to expect; and the music of the other ballets emerges from its double arrangement with a splendid sound, among the best to be had. Playing and recording both contribute substantially to this; the latter, first-class in the mono version of the disc, seems in stereo to be a little better balanced and even readier to handle without distortion the more obstreperous moments of the scores. These moments are happily not in short
Read more supply, and the disc as a whole may, in its somewhat circumscribed field, be very strongly recommended.

– Gramophone [4/1961]

Records of this kind don't usually come my way, but having duly spent my "Night at the Round Table", I thoroughly enjoyed it. After all, if Mozart saw fit to arrange numbers from Ii Seraglio for wind ensemble, why should 'serious musicians' object to someone arranging extracts from Wagner for what amounts to military band, even if it entails putting them into keys different from the originals? Since Wagner himself was so strong on the brass side, the pieces from Lohengrin and Das R/ieingold go very well for full brass and wind; and they get spirited and sensitive performances here.

– Gramophone [4/1962]
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Works on This Recording

1. Pineapple Poll by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1951; England 
Notes: Arranged: W.J. Duthoit
Ballet 'Pinapple Poll' was arranged from music by Arthur Sullivan by Charles Mackerras. 
2. La boutique fantasque by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Rome, Italy 
Notes: Arranged: Dan Godfrey
This ballet is based on themes by Gioacchino Rossini. 
3. Faust: Ballet Music by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: Arranged: William Winterbottom 
4. Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Frank Winterbottom 
5. Lohengrin: Elsa's procession to the cathedral by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Lucien Cailliet 
6. Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Dan Godfrey 

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