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Holst, Vaughan Williams, Et Al / Fennell, Eastman Winds


Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 462960   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav HolstRalph Vaughan WilliamsVincent PersichettiHerbert Owen Reed,   ... 
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Let's get the one potential item on the debit side out of the way immediately: the sound on this disc is good, clear, mono. Once the ear adjusts (and it happens quickly) what's left is one of the finest band music discs ever made, a true milestone in the history of recordings. This was the disc that turned on millions of music lovers to the wonderful band compositions of Holst and Vaughan Williams, and introduced the world to Frederick Fennell, a man who has since become more than a legend--he's the greatest conductor of band music since Sousa himself. Wilma Cozart Fine has accomplished the remastering of these 1950s tapes with her usual loving expertise, and she has tossed the excellent works by Mennin, Persichetti, and Reed into the pot Read more to make this release even more irresistible. Here's a genuine piece of musical history that absolutely defines the word "classic."

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Military Band no 1 in E flat major, Op. 28 no 1 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
Date of Recording: 05/09/1955 
Venue:  Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Military Band no 2 in F major, Op. 28 no 2 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Date of Recording: 05/09/1955 
Venue:  Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York 
Length: 10 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Date of Recording: 05/09/1955 
Venue:  Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York 
Length: 10 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Toccata marziale by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Date of Recording: 05/09/1955 
Venue:  Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Psalm for Band, Op. 53 by Vincent Persichetti
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/12/1954 
Venue:  Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
La Fiesta Mexicana by Herbert Owen Reed
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/12/1954 
Venue:  Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York 
Length: 22 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Canzona by Peter Mennin
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/12/1954 
Venue:  Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Suite No.1 in E flat, Op.28a: 1. Chaconne
Suite No.1 in E flat, Op.28a: 2. Intermezzo
Suite No.1 in E flat, Op.28a: 3. March
Suite No.2 in F, Op.28b: 1. March
Suite No.2 in F, Op.28b: 2. Song without Words
Suite No.2 in F, Op.28b: 3. Song of the Blacksmith
Suite No.2 in F, Op.28b: 4. Fantasia on the Dargason
Folk Song Suite: 1. Seventeen Come Sunday
Folk Song Suite: 2. Intermezzo: My Bonny Boy
Folk Song Suite: 3. March: Folk Songs from Somerset
Toccata Marziale
Canzona
Psalm, Op.53
La Fiesta Mexicana, Mexican Folk Song, Symphony for Band: 1. Prelude and Aztec Dance
La Fiesta Mexicana, Mexican Folk Song, Symphony for Band: 2. Mass
La Fiesta Mexicana, Mexican Folk Song, Symphony for Band: 3. Festival

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