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Wind Band Classics - Orff, Bird, Reed / Parker, Peabody Wind Ensemble


Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570242   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arthur BirdHerbert Owen ReedCarl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Let us separate the crime from the execution. The Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble has to be rated among the very top wind bands in the US, right up there with the estimable Eastman Wind Ensemble.

I believe it was a Fanfare contributor who once wrote that if he ever had to listen to Orff’s Carmina burana again he would throw up. While the piece is not exactly an emetic for me, it’s not one I find to have many redeeming features. This arrangement for concert band by John Krance strikes me as the equivalent of a divide by zero error. It’s too bad that much brilliant playing has been spent on it, (therein lies the crime) when there are so many wonderful pieces, both original and arranged, for concert band.

Bird’s
Read more Serenade is one of them. Arthur A. Bird (1856–1923)—you will not learn from the enclosed booklet note—was born in Belmont, Massachusetts. In 1875, he was sent to Germany to study at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik; and except for brief visits home, he remained abroad for the rest of his life. He became a chess partner and close friend of Liszt, and wrote over 100 works. He was considered a “composer of promise” up until his marriage in 1888 to a wealthy widow, after which he apparently preferred to live the lazy life of the idle rich. Bird’s Serenade, here edited by Gunther Schuller, is a beautiful piece in late Romantic style that won the Paderewski Prize for best chamber work by an American composer in 1901. It was first performed in Boston by Georges Longy and his Woodwind Club in 1902. If you are familiar with and like the wind works of Richard Strauss, you will find much to enjoy here.

Herbert Owen Reed (b. 1910) in Odessa, Missouri, has quite an impressive calling card. Earning his baccalaureate and graduate degrees in music composition from Louisiana State University, he went on to the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Howard Hanson, among others, earning his Ph.D. in 1939. At Tanglewood, he met and furthered his studies with Martin?, Copland, and Bernstein. Then, in Colorado Springs, he continued to study under Roy Harris, and eventually he took lessons from Schoenberg. That’s quite a diverse background, a lot of which, except for the Schoenberg, is reflected in his La fiesta mexicana, Reed’s best-known work. Reed has made a serious study of the Native American musics of Taos, New Mexico, and his scores derive much of their material, not just from Native North American cultures, but from Mexican and Aztec sources as well. La fiesta is a major composition that embraces a number of musical styles and evokes an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colors and moods. Particularly moving is the movement titled Mass. It is the centerpiece of this Mexican folk song symphony that depicts a religious festival dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Bird and Reed items are more than worth the price of this budget Naxos disc. And you are not likely to hear these pieces better played. Recommended.

FANFARE: Jerry Dubins
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Works on This Recording

1.
Serenade for 10 Winds, Op. 40 by Arthur Bird
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/15/2001 
Venue:  Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Maryland 
Length: 24 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gunther Schuller. 
2.
La Fiesta Mexicana by Herbert Owen Reed
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/18/2001 
Venue:  Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Maryland 
Length: 22 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3.
Carmina burana: no 1, O fortuna by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
4.
Carmina burana: no 2, Fortune plango vulnera by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
5.
Carmina burana: nos 6-10, Uf dem Anger by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
6.
Carmina burana: no 7, Floret silva by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
7.
Carmina burana: no 10, Were diu werlt alle min by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
8.
Carmina burana: no 14, In taberna quando sumus by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
9.
Carmina burana: no 23, Dulcissime by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 0 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
10.
Carmina burana: no 24, Ave formosissima (Blanzeflor et Helena) by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
11.
Carmina burana: nos 1-2, Fortuna, Imperatrix Mundi by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
12.
Carmina burana: no 5, Ecce gratum by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
13.
Carmina burana: no 15, Amor volat undique by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
14.
Carmina burana: no 13, Ego sum abbas by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 
15.
Carmina burana: no 21, In trutina by Carl Orff
Conductor:  Harlan Parker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/14/2000 
Venue:  Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute, Baltim 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: John Krance. 

Sound Samples

Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): I. O Fortuna, velut Luna (Oh Fortune, variable as the moon)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): II. Fortune plango vulnera (I lament Fortune's blows)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): III. Ecce gratum (Behold the Spring)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): IV. Tanz: Uf dem anger (Dance: On the lawn)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): V. Floret silva nobilis (The noble forest)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): VI. Were diu werlt alle min (Were the world all mine)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): VII. Amor volat undique (The Goddess of Love flies everywhere)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): VIII. Ego sum abbas (I am the abbot)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): IX. In taberna quando sumus (When we are in the tavern)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): X. In trutina (I am suspended between love and chastity)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): XI. Dulcissime (Sweetest boy)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): XII. Ave, formosissima (Hail to thee, most beautiful)
Carmina Burana Suite, "Cantiones profanae" (arr. for concert band): XIII. Fortuna, Imperatrix Mundi (Fortune, Empress of the World)
Serenade, Op. 40: I. Allegro moderato
Serenade, Op. 40: II. Adagio
Serenade, Op. 40: III. Allegro assai
Serenade, Op. 40: IV. Allegro energico
La Fiesta Mexicana: I. Prelude and Aztec Dance
La Fiesta Mexicana: II. Mass
La Fiesta Mexicana: III. Carnival

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