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Ragtimes & Serenades / DeRoche, DePaul U Wind Ensemble


Release Date: 04/29/2003 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 568   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Willem van OtterlooGeorge PerleNed RoremThom Ritter George,   ... 
Performer:  Mary SauerMary Stolper
Conductor:  Donald DeRoche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  DePaul University Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's an absolutely terrific disc that lovers of symphonic wind ensemble music will immediately want to add to their collections. It contains two major works and three smaller ones that cover a vast range of styles and idioms that together comprise a wonderful program highlighting the potential of this undervalued medium--and the performances are really excellent. Perhaps the most interesting work here is the Serenade for Brass and Percussion by Willem van Otterloo, who is best known as a conductor on some early Philips recordings (he made a fine Franck Symphony with the Concertgebouw, most recently available on a Philips Duo "Best of Franck" compilation). As a composer, his music is fluent, tonal, and very beautifully written Read more (the Nocturne second movement is a prime example). By rights his Serenade ought to spur some interest in his other compositions: he certainly knew exactly what he was doing.


George Perle's Concertino for Piano, Winds, and Timpani is a typical example of this composer's comparatively approachable and vivacious 12-tone style, and it's very well played by Chicago Symphony principal pianist Mary Sauer. Ned Rorem's Sinfonia returns to the general style of van Otterloo, though with perhaps more of a French touch, while Thom Ritter-George's Concerto for Flute and Winds offers eight minutes of American neo-classicism. It's what Beecham would have called a little orchestral "lollipop" of a piece. Henze's brilliant Ragtimes and Habaneras takes into account not only the dance steps of the title, but also a Tango, a Foxtrot, and a Rumba in 11 short movements, sometimes parodying, sometimes sinister, but always tuneful and enjoyable. It makes a fine conclusion to this well played, well recorded, and enterprising collection. Donald DeRoche and the DePaul Wind Ensemble do themselves proud.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Serenade for Brass, Harp, Celesta and Percussion by Willem van Otterloo
Conductor:  Donald DeRoche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  DePaul University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Netherlands (Holland 
2.
Concertino for Piano, Winds and Timpani by George Perle
Performer:  Mary Sauer (Piano)
Conductor:  Donald DeRoche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  DePaul University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
3.
Sinfonia for Symphonic Wind Orchestra by Ned Rorem
Conductor:  Donald DeRoche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  DePaul University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
4.
Concerto for Flute by Thom Ritter George
Performer:  Mary Stolper (Flute)
Conductor:  Donald DeRoche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  DePaul University Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966 
5.
Ragtimes and Habaneras by Hans Werner Henze
Conductor:  Donald DeRoche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  DePaul University Wind Ensemble
Written: 1975 
Notes: Arranged: Marcel Wengler 

Featured Sound Samples

Flute Concerto (George): III. Pastorale: Rondo: Allegro con brio

Sound Samples

Serenade for Brass and Percussion: I. Marsch
Serenade for Brass and Percussion: II. Nocturne
Serenade for Brass and Percussion: III. Scherzo
Serenade for Brass and Percussion: IV. Hymne
Piano Concertino
Sinfonia: I. Like a motor
Sinfonia: II. Slow
Sinfonia: III. Lento
Sinfonia: IV. Scherzando
Flute Concerto: I. Pastorale: Andante con moto
Flute Concerto: II. Adagio cantabile
Flute Concerto: III. Rondo: Allegro con brio
Ragtimes and Habaneras (arr. for symphonic wind band): I. quarter note = 112
Ragtimes and Habaneras (arr. for symphonic wind band): II. Tempo di Foxtrot
Ragtimes and Habaneras (arr. for symphonic wind band): III. Tempo di Son
Ragtimes and Habaneras (arr. for symphonic wind band): IV. Tempo di Tango
Ragtimes and Habaneras (arr. for symphonic wind band): V. quarter note = 100
Ragtimes and Habaneras (arr. for symphonic wind band): VI. Tempo di Rumba
Ragtimes and Habaneras (arr. for symphonic wind band): VII. Ragtime
Ragtimes and Habaneras (arr. for symphonic wind band): VIII. Tempo di Tango
Ragtimes and Habaneras (arr. for symphonic wind band): IX. quarter note = 120
Ragtimes and Habaneras (arr. for symphonic wind band): X. eighth note = 112
Ragtimes and Habaneras (arr. for symphonic wind band): XI. Allegro vivace

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