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Tales Of Imagination / Shaw, Rombach-Kendall, University Of New Mexico Wind Symphony

Shaw / Unm Wind Sym / Rombach-kendall
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Summit Records   Catalog #: 586   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hardy MertensBeckel, James A., Jr.Rick DeJongeAstor Piazzolla
Performer:  J.D. Shaw
Conductor:  Eric Rombach-Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of New Mexico Wind Symphony
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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TALES OF IMAGINATION J. D. Shaw (hn); Eric Rombach-Kendall, cond; U of New Mexico W Ens SUMMIT DCD 586 (53:32)


MERTENS Poseidon. BECKEL The Glass Bead Game. PIAZZOLLA A Piazzolla Trilogy. DeJONGE Mystic Dance


J. D. Shaw is one helluva horn player. He possesses a Read more bold, heroic, but also extremely expressive tone and has technique to burn, all dispatched with exemplary musicianship. Shaw is the horn professor at the University of New Mexico, the wind ensemble of which provides the highly sensitive and proficient accompaniments on this disc. He has an impressive résumé that includes serving as hornist and creative director of the highly acclaimed Boston Brass, as well as performances with the San Francisco Symphony and the Vienna Philharmonic.


The most substantial work on this disc is James Beckel’s The Glass Bead Game , which here receives its fourth recording. In Fanfare 35:2 I reviewed the work in a fine performance by hornist Charles Snead with the Alabama Wind Symphony conducted by Randall Coleman (Albany 1260): “ The Glass Bead Game , presented here in the composer’s own transcription for wind ensemble, draws its inspiration from the novel of the same title by Hermann Hesse. The booklet notes detail the parallels between the concerto and the novel. Luckily, such references are not necessary. The work is thoroughly engaging on purely musical terms. Featuring attractive melodies, mildly dissonant harmonies, highly intricate rhythmic development, and ear-tickling instrumental colors, the three-movement work is easily the highlight of the disc.” And so it is on this release as well.


The remaining works are perhaps less substantial, but no less entertaining. Hardy Merten’s Poseidon explores seven tales of Greek mythology, all related to the god of the sea, with effective music that could serve as the soundtrack to a big-budget Hollywood epic. Also included is Shaw’s own arrangement of three tangos by Astor Piazzolla. The disc closes with the virtuoso showpiece Mystic Dance by Rick DeJonge, which also displays cinematic influences. Though none of these works display the musical depth of the Beckel, they are all a lot of fun to listen to, especially in Shaw’s dazzling performances.


The recorded sound, though a bit congested in full ensemble passages, is well balanced between soloist and band. If you’re a fan of spectacular horn playing or spectacular brass playing or just spectacular playing, this disc is for you.


FANFARE: Merlin Patterson
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Works on This Recording

1.
Poseidon, for horn & band by Hardy Mertens
Performer:  J.D. Shaw (French Horn)
Conductor:  Eric Rombach-Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of New Mexico Wind Symphony
Venue:  Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico 
Length: 16 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Horn "The Glass Bead Game" by Beckel, James A., Jr.
Performer:  J.D. Shaw (French Horn)
Conductor:  Eric Rombach-Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of New Mexico Wind Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico 
Length: 18 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Mystic Dance, for horn & band by Rick DeJonge
Performer:  J.D. Shaw (French Horn)
Conductor:  Eric Rombach-Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of New Mexico Wind Symphony
Venue:  Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4.
Buenos Aires hora zero by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  J.D. Shaw (French Horn)
Conductor:  Eric Rombach-Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of New Mexico Wind Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Venue:  Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5.
Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  J.D. Shaw (French Horn)
Conductor:  Eric Rombach-Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of New Mexico Wind Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Argentina 
Venue:  Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
La muerte del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  J.D. Shaw (French Horn)
Conductor:  Eric Rombach-Kendall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of New Mexico Wind Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Argentina 
Venue:  Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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