INKPOT#46 CLASSICAL MUSIC FEATURE: Music of the Wind Bands – Selected Recommended Recordings
Music of the Wind Bands
Selected Recommended Recordings By Adrian Tan
The KMK, presents this overview of Alfred Reed’s works conducted by the composer himself. Gives a good cross section of compositions from this prolific musician. Available from Sing Disc Sounds and Music Plaza. (S$25)
|Johan De Meij The Lord of The Rings.
Jerry Bilik Symphony No.1.
The Royal Military Band of the Netherlands (KMK). WORLD WIND MUSIC 001 KMK.
Featuring the KMK, one of Europes top wind bands, in a definitive recording of two superb landmark symphonies in the wind band repertoire. Available at Tower, Sing Disc Sounds and Music Plaza (S$25).
| Basic Band Repertory
Gustav Holst 1st Suite in E-flat. 2nd Suite in F. Hammersmith
Ralph Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite. Toccata Marziale
Gordon Jacob William Byrd SuiteKOSEI PUBLISHING CO. KOCD 3576
Featuring the world-renowned Frederick Fennell and his Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. Not my favourite renditions but these evergreen wind band standards are a terrific platform to show off the virtuosity and musicianship of this unbelievable Japanese ensemble. A stiff price to pay, but expect to be astounded by the technical perfection achieved by this internationally-acclaimed wind orchestra. Available at Sing Disc Sounds and Music Plaza.
| “Orient Express”
Phillip Sparke Music for a Festival. Mountain Song. Orient Express. Concert Prelude. Jubilee Overture. Romance and Finale. The Land of the Long White Cloud – Aotearoa.KOSEI PUBLISHING CO.KOCD 3902
British Composer Phillip Sparke leads the TOKWO in a recording of his best works for wind band. Sparkling ensemble writing coupled with a superb performance makes this CD a worthwhile acquisition. Available at Sing Disc Sounds and Music Plaza (S$38).
| “The World of Bach”Amsterdam Wind Orchestra directed by Heinz Freisen.
DE HASKE MUSIC DHR 11.001
Just to show another side of the Wind Band, this interesting compilation from the Great Classics Series features transcriptions of Bach’s organ works(a la Stokowski for orchestra). With the grandmaster of harmony and counterpoint, Heinz Freisen will dazzle you with the beautiful and grand ensemble sound that the Amsterdam Wind Orchestra is more than capable of. Includes: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and more!
Other collections in the series include Berlioz’s La Symphonie Fantastique, Milhaud’s Suite Provençale, Resphigi’s Belkis Regina De Saba and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Ernst Toch Spiel op.39. Joseph Scwanter …and the mountains rising nowhere. Percy Grainger Lincolnshire Posy Dana Wilson Dance of the New World . William Childs Concerto for solo percussionist . Paul Hart Cartoon Klavier KCD11079
Featuring piano soloist Adam Wodnicki and percussionist Steve Houghton. This marvellous recording is one of the many excellent releases from the Klavier Wind Recording Project featuring Music Director Eugene Corporon and the North Texas Wind Symphony. All aspects of the recording, from the selection of the repertoire, the execution of the pieces (virtuosic yet, musically expressive) to the sound engineering is near faultless! A must-have in every wind musician’s collection! THIS CD IS REVIEWED IN-DEPTH HERE
David Lang Are you experienced? Under Orpheus. Netherlands Wind Ensemble directed by Stephen Mosko.CHANDOS New Direction CHAN9363
For the modernist-inclined, here’s a release from avant garde composers David Lang and John Adams. Short Ride has recently seen many performances by many of the major orchestras in the world. The Netherlands Wind Ensemble proves beyond a doubt that a wind ensemble can do as well (maybe even better?).
These CDs and other Band stuff can be ordered on-line from the Singapore-based Band CD Gallery, operated by Lester Lim. Go take a look!
25.1.1998; up.17.4.2000 Adrian Tan