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American Classics - Sousa "On Wings Of Lightning" / Brion, Razumovsky SO


Release Date: 08/31/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 559029   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you're a classical music listener and you've just voluntarily picked up a Sousa recording and placed it in your CD player, you've made a decision to suspend your familiar modes of listening and give yourself over to the sheer visceral pleasure of two-four time, bass drums, trombone accents, swirling upper winds, and triple-tonguing trumpets, all carefully measured and blended into that inimitable brass and reed sonic stew that somehow gets everyone tapping and smiling. Of course, a little of this can go a long way, but if it's played really well, as it is here, it can go farther than you might think, especially if you've heard one too many junior high school bands try to play this tricky music.

If you like this stuff, you
Read more probably already have the terrific Frederick Fennell/Eastman Wind Ensemble recording (Mercury Living Presence) that offers not only Sousa's most famous marches but also works by Goldman, Coates, and Prokofiev. This recording, featuring an unlikely but very impressive Slovakian ensemble, doesn't have the big name works, but does contain Sousa's first million-selling piece, The Gladiator march (1886), along with some interesting waltzes (Sandalphon Waltzes), and several of his best-loved non-march pieces: The Coquette (caprice); The Gliding Girl (tango); On Wings of Lightning (gallop); and The Presidential Polonaise. Sousa expert Keith Brion and his orchestral players--all the works are performed by symphony orchestra, not wind band--really seem to love this music, letting all the accents and syncopations have their proper say and giving careful attention to even the smallest details of articulation and phrasing. The disc's programmers saved the best for last, finishing with three works that deserve far more attention in this repertoire: Three Quotations, the Venus March, and Hail to the Spirit of Liberty. [11/26/1999]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gladiator March by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Gliding Girl by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Federal March by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Presidential Polonaise by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
5.
The Irish Dragoon: Circus Galop by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
Sandalphon Waltzes by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
7.
The Belle of Chicago by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8.
Silver Spray Schottische by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
9.
Peaches and Cream by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
10.
Myrrha by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11.
Fairest of the Fair by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
12.
Coquette by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
13.
On Wings of Lightning by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
14.
Three Quotations by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 12 Minutes 2 Secs. 
15.
Transit of Venus by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1883; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
16.
Hail to the Spirit of Liberty by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

TheGladiator: March: The Gladiator
The Gliding Girl: Tango:
TheFederal: March: The Federal
The President's Polonaise: The Presidential Polonaise
The Irish Dragoon: Circus Galop
Sandalphon Waltzes
TheBelleofChicago: March: The Belle of Chicago
Silver Spray Schottische
PeachesandCream: Foxtrot: Peaches and Cream
Myrrha Gavotte
TheFairestoftheFair: March: The Fairest of the Fair
The Coquette: Caprice:
On Wings of Lightning: Galop:
3 Quotations: Grand March: The King of France
3 Quotations: Reverie: I, Too, Was Born in Arcadia
3 Quotations: Cakewalk: In Africa
Venus: March:
Hail to the Spirit of Liberty: March:

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Orchestral Sousa September 25, 2012 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Many of John Philip Sousa's compositions for band (marches, waltzes, etc.) are easily adaptable for a full symphony orchestra. This excellent recording does exactly that, with the Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra playing 18 selections which have been transcribed for orchestra. The title of the disk 'On Wings of Lightning' is in fact the title of one of the tracks, a lively galop. This is light, fun music which one might even consider an American counterpart to the famous New Years Day concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, given the association of both Sousa and the Strauss family with light, highly entertaining compositions. I used the term 'Sousa Concert' while describing another of Naxos' orchestral recordings of Sousa works, and I think it also applies here with this disk. As usual, the sound quality is excellent, and the performance is top notch. I recommend this disk to all, and especially to those who prefer lighter orchestral fare. You won't be disappointed." Report Abuse
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