CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BRASS LIVE • Chicago SO Brass & Percussion • CSO RESOUND CSOR 901 1101 (64:46)
WALTON Crown Imperial. G. GABRIELI Sonata pian e forte. Canzon duodecima toni à 10. Canzon No. 2 septemi toni à 8. J. S. BACH Passacaglia and Fugue, BWV 582. GRAINGER Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Lincolnshire Posy. REVUELTAS Sensemayà. PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet: The Montagues and Capulets; Dance; Death of Tybalt
Many orchestral cognoscenti have long considered the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to have the finest orchestral brass section in the world; certainly, it ranks among the top three or four. All hail, then, to a disc that features the CSO brass players in all their refulgent splendor. Various arrangers are responsible for the versions performed here: Joseph Kreines for the Walton and Prokofiev, Eric Crees for the Bach, Timothy Higgins for the Grainger, and Bruce Roberts for the Revueltas. All but the Gabrieli are also credited with conductors, drawn from the ranks of the performers: trombonist Jay Friedman for the Walton, trumpeter Mark Ridenour for the Bach and Grainger, trombonist Michael Mulcahy for the Revueltas, and hornist Dale Clevenger for the Prokofiev. The members of the CSO brass section are also supplemented (in which selections is not specified; I hear them playing only in the Revueltas) by two more CSO members—clarinetist John Bruce Yeh and bassist Roger Cline—plus an additional three trumpeters, three trombonists, a tubist, and a percussionist as ringers. All of the arrangements are deft and colorful; the playing, needless to say, is exquisite. The recorded sound is suitably brilliant; the booklet provides a list of the participating instrumentalists, color head shots of the CSO members, and brief essays on the CSO brass section and the conductors. All fanciers of brass ensembles will want to snap this item up forthwith; others may find it an entertaining treat as well.