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Rimsky-korsakov, Husa, Prokofiev / Chodoroff, Temple U. Wind


Release Date: 12/16/1997 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 271   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovKarel HusaSergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Anthony GigliottiEric CarlsonJonathan Blumenfeld
Conductor:  Arthur D. Chodoroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple University Wind Symphony
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Rimsky-Korsakov's three works for solo instruments and military band, the Concerto for Trombone (1877), the Variations for Oboe (1878) and the Concertstuck for Clarinet (1878), date from his years as Inspector of the Imperial Russian Naval Bands (1873-1884). Not only do these works testify to the growing expertise in Imperial Russian military music performance (doubtless as a result of the newly established St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories), but they also give us some insight into Rimsky's ever-evolving compositional thinking. The composer acknowledged as much, writing in his memoirs that they were "written primarily to
Read more provide the military band concerts with solo pieces of a less hackneyed natures than the usual: secondly that I myself might master the virtuoso style so unfamiliar to me, with its solo and tutti, its cadences, etc." And in many ways these three pieces constitute "experiments" in that combination of ensemble sonority and solo virtuosity that earmark Scheherazade (188) as a masterpiece of Orchestral wizardry. The first performance of Karel Husa's Music for Prague 1968 was given at the Music Educators National Conference in Washington, DC in 1969. The work was commissioned and premiered by the Ithaca College Concert Band with Kenneth Snapp, conductor. Since that time, it has received over 7,000 performances in both its original version for concert band, and the composer's adaptation for symphony Orchestra. Prokofiev began composing marches for wind band in the mid 1930s, during the period when he returned to the Soviet Union. His first was the Athletic Festival March from 1935, in which he imagined a festival march for millions of young Soviet athletic. As well, the three soloists on this disc are all or have been members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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"The three works Rimsky-Korsakov wrote in 1877 and 1878 when he was Inspector of the Imperial Naval Bands are among the finest pieces for solo instruments and band that exist. They provide a chance for solo display without resorting to hackneyed transcriptions that are so common in band music....The Trombone Concerto is a special favorite of mine....Performances are all first rate. For the three Rimsky works you'll do no better than these three performances. The Prokofiev has a pizzazz that is missing from the older Melodiya issue....The Temple University group is a crack ensemble, one of the best in the country. Arthur Chodoroff is an able leader....Albany's sound is superb. This is a fine release." (Fanfare)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concertstück for Clarinet and Band in E flat major by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Anthony Gigliotti (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Arthur D. Chodoroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple University Wind Symphony
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
2.
Concerto for Trombone and Band in B flat major by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Eric Carlson (Trombone)
Conductor:  Arthur D. Chodoroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple University Wind Symphony
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
3.
Variations for Oboe and Band in G minor by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Jonathan Blumenfeld (Oboe)
Conductor:  Arthur D. Chodoroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple University Wind Symphony
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
4.
Music for Prague 1968 by Karel Husa
Conductor:  Arthur D. Chodoroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple University Wind Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969 
5.
Athletic Festival March, Op. 69 no 1 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Arthur D. Chodoroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple University Wind Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Superior Wind Ensemble April 20, 2014 By Richard Hooper (West Haven, CT) See All My Reviews "What a find! This is the only recording of all three of Rimsky’s concertante works for wind band, culminating in a stand-up-and-cheer performance of the famous trombone concerto. Karel Husa then guest conducts the original, wind band version of his harrowing but ultimately triumphant Music for Prague 1968. The final selection, the first of Prokofiev’s marches for Soviet youth, not only is in strong political contrast to Husa but falls stylistically right between him and Rimsky-Korsakov. Brilliant and clear digital recording which nonetheless highlights the smooth and professional sound of the Temple University Wind Symphony. This is a must-have CD." Report Abuse
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