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Sacred Brass - Polyphonic Brass Arrangements / Crees


Release Date: 03/04/2008 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1027   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni GabrieliJeremiah ClarkeJohannes BrahmsJohann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SACRED BRASS: POLYPHONIC BRASS ARRANGEMENTS Eric Crees, cond; London Symphony Brass ALTO 1027 (64:12)


BACH Toccata and Fugue in d. Passacaglia and Fugue in c. GABRIELI Canzons a 12: XVII; XVI; in Double Echo; 9 toni. Canzon a 8, 7 toni n. 2. Sonatas: 8 toni a 12; Pian’ e forte. CLARKE The King’s March and Prince Eugene’s March. Read more BRAHMS Intermezzos: op. 119/2,3. Rhapsody: op. 119/4


It’s axiomatic that Bach can be performed in any configuration, but I suspect that not all transcriptions are equally persuasive. I grew up with a Philadelphia Orchestra recording of the Toccata in D Minor and the Passacaglia that, interestingly enough, were not given in Stokowski’s arrangements but in Ormandy’s—which I preferred. Crees’s efforts certainly pass muster, but I miss the golden sonority of Ormandy’s strings. Still, Crees’s brass scoring is exemplary, and I liked his creative use of percussion at points of emphasis.


Actually, none of the music on the disc sounds as it was conceived. The Brahms pieces were meant for the piano, and Crees’s arrangements are not likely to convince anyone otherwise. Jeremiah Clarke’s trumpet tunes were keyboard works as well, intended to show off the trumpet stops on the organ, but real trumpets and lower brass sound entirely appropriate for them. Even Gabrieli might have trouble recognizing his canzonas in modern dress—brass instruments now are much more brilliant and powerful than their ancient ancestors—and, besides, he called for a viola in his iconic Sonata pian’ e forte . But probably he would be thrilled by Crees’s performances. Overwhelming brilliance was his intent, after all.


The London players leave little to be desired, and Alto’s recording shows them off to their best advantage. This should be a treat for brass-lovers.


FANFARE: George Chien
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Works on This Recording

1.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon XVII a 12, C 210 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
2.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Sonata octavi toni a 12 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
3.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon XVI a 12 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
4.
Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark's March "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700; England 
Notes: Arrangement: Eric Crees 
5.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Sonata pian e forte alla quarta bassa by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
6.
Canzon in echo a 12, C 192 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
7.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon septimi toni a 8 no 2, C 173 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
8.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon noni toni a 12, C 184 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
9.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 2, Intermezzo in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Notes: Arrangement: Eric Crees 
10.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 3, Intermezzo in C major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Notes: Arrangement: Eric Crees 
11.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 4, Rhapsody in E flat major by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Notes: Arrangement: Eric Crees 
12.
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Eric Crees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1712; Arnstadt, Germany 
Notes: Arrangement: Eric Crees 

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