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The British Music Collection - British Music For Brass


Release Date: 05/06/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 473714  
Composer:  Sir Arthur BlissBenjamin BrittenMalcolm ArnoldMichael Tippett,   ... 
Conductor:  Elgar HowarthHoward Snell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble in its heyday was without peer, as these performances confirm. None of the pieces they play would rank as a blazing masterpiece, but all are recorded to advantage in sound which brings out the music's many felicities.

-- Terry Barfoot, MusicWeb International [1/2002]
reviewing the Bliss works, also reissued as part of Decca 470186

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The Quintet for Brass Op.73 (1961), actually Arnold’s first brass quintet (the Brass Quintet No.2 Op.132 was completed in 1987 and is, to the best of my knowledge, still unrecorded and rarely heard), is also a very popular work that has received many performances
Read more and many fine recordings. Arnold’s unerring flair for brass instruments is fully displayed in this attractive piece. Has anyone noticed that the slow movement seems to pay some homage to Holst’s band piece Hammersmith?

However, the substantial Symphony for Brass Instruments Op.123 (1978), written for Philip Jones’ fiftieth birthday, is a quite different piece of music. One might have expected some brilliant display of brass writing, full of Arnold’s hallmarks; but the Symphony for Brass is actually a sombre, bleak work and clearly the product of what has been one of Arnold’s most difficult periods. Though still superbly written for brass ensemble, the music, while still recognisably by Arnold, eschews many easy-way-out solutions. It rather evokes a difficult journey that would reach its ultimate goal in the bleak, unremitting, uncompromising Ninth Symphony. The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble play wonderfully as they also do in the Brass Quintet.

-- Hubert Culot, MusicWeb International
reviewing the Arnold works, also reissued as part of Decca 468803
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Works on This Recording

1.
Antiphonal Flourish for Three Brass Choirs by Sir Arthur Bliss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Flourish for Two Brass Orchestras "Greetings to a City" by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Fanfare for the Lord Mayor of London by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
4.
The eagle has two heads: Fanfare by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
5.
Russian Funeral for Brass and Percussion by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
6.
Fanfare for St Edmundsbury by Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; England 
7.
Symphony for Brass, Op. 123 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Howard Snell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; England 
8.
Fanfare for Brass by Michael Tippett
Conductor:  Howard Snell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1971; England 
9.
Quintet for Brass no 1, Op. 73 by Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
10.
Fanfare for the Wedding of Princess Elizabeth by Arnold Bax
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
11.
The Cenci: Fanfare by Havergal Brian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1952; England 
12.
Prelude and Fugue "Spitfire" by Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 

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