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Nordic Wind Band Classics / Rundell, Royal Northern College Of Music


Release Date: 02/25/2003 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10038   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hugo AlfvénGeirr TveittEinojuhani RautavaaraAulis Sallinen,   ... 
Conductor:  Clark Rundell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an unusual collection of unfamiliar music, most of it noble and some of it quietly disturbing. The four terse, dark movements of Rautavaara’s Soldier’s Mass are a universe away from the mystical musings of his later symphonic works, and Sallinen’s early Chorali has a granitic quality that he has allowed to soften with the years. Nielsen’s tiny paraphrase on ‘Nearer My God to Thee’, inspired by the sinking of the Titanic, builds to a brief, shocking catastrophe where we glimpse the cataclysm of the Fifth Symphony. When heard in wind-band scoring, that great Norwegian original Geirr Tveitt, the only composer to be represented here by two works, discloses an affinity to his friend Percy Grainger, especially the latter’s Hill Songs. Read more Tveitt’s five-movement Sinfonietta of 1962, with its central ‘fanfara funèbre’ (an extraordinary movement) and scherzo in the rhythm of a springar, is a minor masterpiece; a premiere recording too. (It should not be mistaken for Tveitt’s rather later Third Symphony for winds, which confusingly has the same opus number). Ole Schmidt’s Hommage à Stravinsky is a witty assemblage of quotations and salient stylistic tics; even Alfvén’s moderately bombastic Festival Overture is worth the occasional hearing. Altogether the disc is worth the attention of any devotee of the composers included.

Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Festspel, Op. 25/R 59 by Hugo Alfvén
Conductor:  Clark Rundell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 7 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2. The Old Mill on the Brook, Op. 204 by Geirr Tveitt
Conductor:  Clark Rundell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Norway 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
3. A Soldier's Mass by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Clark Rundell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Finland 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4. Chorali, Op. 22 by Aulis Sallinen
Conductor:  Clark Rundell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Finland 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 9 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5. Sinfonietta di soffiatori, Op. 203 by Geirr Tveitt
Conductor:  Clark Rundell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Norway 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 17 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6. Hommage à Stravinsky by Ole Schmidt
Conductor:  Clark Rundell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 8 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7. Paraphrase on "Nearer my God to Thee," FS 63 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Clark Rundell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 04/2002 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Det gamle kvernhuset (The Old Mill on the Brook), Op. 204: The Old Mill on the Brook, Op. 204
Sotilasmessu (A Soldier's Mass): The Lord of Battles [Kyrie]: Moderato
Sotilasmessu (A Soldier's Mass): Have Mercy on Us [Miserere]: Largo - Molto piu mosso - A tempo
Sotilasmessu (A Soldier's Mass): On the Field of Glory [Gloria]: Allegro - Piu mosso - Tempo I
Sotilasmessu (A Soldier's Mass): At Death's Door [In hora mortis]: Largo
Chorali
Fest-ouverture, Op. 26
Paraphrase over Naermere Gud til dig (Paraphrase on Nearer my God to Thee), FS 63: Paraphrase on Nearer my God to Thee, FS 63
Sinfonia di soffiatori: I. Intonazione d'autunno: Lento - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I
Sinfonia di soffiatori: II. Ricordi d'estate: Tempo moderato di springar
Sinfonia di soffiatori: III. Fanfara funebra: Andante, deciso
Sinfonia di soffiatori: IV. Allegria alpestre: Mosso moderato
Sinfonia di soffiatori: V. Canto di congedo: Tranquillo - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I - Grave
Hommage a Stravinsky: I. quarter note = 114
Hommage a Stravinsky: II. Largo - Allegro - Largo - Allegro
Hommage a Stravinsky: III. quarter note = 132

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