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Sousa: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 17 / Brion, Guildhall Symphonic Wind Band


Release Date: 12/01/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559811  
Composer:  John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sousa, the American master of the march, also enjoyed great prestige in the realm of operetta. The suite from The American Maid, set in a glass factory and culminating in scenes based on the 1898 Spanish-American War, was among the first theatrical shows to employ actual film footage. The beautiful quintet from his early operetta The Smugglers was scored for his eminent brass virtuosi. The medley of drinking songs called A Mingling of the Wets and the Drys was composed during Prohibition, while the unusual and previously unrecorded March of the Pan Americans- Part One celebrates the independent nations of North and South America in 1915 with zest and elan. Sousa, the American master of the march, also enjoyed great prestige in the realm of operetta. The suite from The American Maid, set in a glass factory and culminating in scenes based on the 1898 Spanish-American War, was among the first theatrical shows to employ actual film footage. The beautiful quintet from his early operetta The Smugglers was scored for his eminent brass virtuosi. The medley of drinking songs called A Mingling of the Wets and the Drys was composed during Prohibition, while the unusual and previously unrecorded March of the Pan Americans- Part One celebrates the independent nations of North and South America in 1915 with zest and elan. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The American Maid: You Do Not Need a Doctor by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: United States 
2.
The American Maid: Dream Picture by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: United States 
3.
The American Maid: With Pleasure by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: United States 
4.
The Smugglers: Quintette by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: United States 
5.
The Salute of the Nations to the Columbian Exposition by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: United States 
6.
A Mingling of the Wets and Drys by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: United States 
7.
March of the Pan Americans: Excerpts by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A Fine Recording June 25, 2018 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "I agree with Leslie A.'s comments. If anyone out there in Arkivmusic Nation has looked at my previous reviews of Naxos' series of recordings for wind band by Sousa;, it may be recalled that I have been highly impressed with the quality of the entire project. Volume 17 is no exception, although I have to admit to being mistaken about Volume 16 being the final recording in the project. For that, I apologize and can say with confidence that Sousa lives on through Naxos. Conductor Keith Brion, who has been at the helm for the entire project, this time leads a superb British ensemble, the Guildhall Symphonic Wind Band, in a jaunty, exuberant program that should really please anyone who likes band music. The audio quality of this disk is noteworthy for its remarkable clarity and breadth of sound, with the contributions from the brass, wind, and percussion sections easily detectable. Definitely worth a listen!" Report Abuse
 A charmer in the superb series January 31, 2018 By L. Ackerman (Washington, DC) See All My Reviews "I have been collecting all volumes of this series with enormous pleasure. I find it to be so compelling I am actually looking forward to the next release. This is Volume 17 of a journey that started in 1999, it is now 2018; which means they have taken the time to make each volume relevant. I am writing this because I am particularly charmed by this release. It is noble, fun and funny! Most of it are arrangements by Sousa of different melodies and national anthems, and he does extremely well. Great musician he was. To these I will expand a bit. The 'Salute of the Nations to the Columbian Exhibition' (1893) comprises several European anthems, sandwiched by American tunes. The grand finale is our beloved American anthem, beautifully arranged and incredibly played by these British musicians. You'll get the music in your gut every time the bass drum attacks, trust me! In the same vein, the March of the Pan Americans (1915) is 19 minutes of several Latin American anthems, arranged continuously, in alphabetical order, Part 1 being: Argentina to Honduras. The performances here can hardly be bettered. The Brits play as committed as any American band would. Keiuth Brios is, well, an American treasure: the reincarnation of Sousa, he's called. The liner notes are great, but some corrections are due. The country of 'San Domingo' is 'Santo Domingo' (unless of course, the mistake comes from the composer himself), and it would have been helpful to know the instrumental formation of the piece defined as Quintet (The Smugglers). As I have the catalogue of all Sousa's works handy (book by Paul E. Bierley) I know there are still a few releases due. I eagerly look forward to buying them. In the meantime, thanks are due to Naxos, a European label that has served American music like no American-organization (including $PBS$ who is merely worried about staying afloat). Oh well, at least Maestro Brion is American." Report Abuse
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