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CHAN 9897
French Wind Band Classics

French Wind Band Classics

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2000

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz

Originally recorded in 2000

Artists:

Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra


Timothy Reynish


Joseph Alessi

trombone*

Venue:

New Broadcasting House, Manchester



Producer:

Ralph Couzens



Engineer:

Don Hartridge



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Concert Band




Total Time - 71:38
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French Wind Band Classics

   
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FLORENT SCHMITT

(1870-1958)
1 

Dionysiaques, Op. 62

10:57
  Lent - Animé  
 

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS

(1835-1921)
  premiere recording of original 1869 scoring  
2 

Orient et Occident, Op. 25

8:07
  Grande Marche pour grande harmonie  
  Allegro - Moderato assai sostenuto - Tempo primo  
 

EUGÈNE BOZZA

(1905-1991)
3 

Children's Overture

5:16
  Allegro vivo - Allegro moderato - Allegretto scherzando - Allegro vivo  
 

DARIUS MILHAUD

(1892-1974)
 

Suite française, Op. 248

14:51  
4 I Normandie. Animé 1:41
5 II Bretagne. Lent 4:11
6 III Ile de France. Vif 1:56
7 IV Alsace-Lorraine. Lent 4:06
8 V Provence. Animé 2:47
   
 

HECTOR BERLIOZ

(1803-1869)
 

Grande Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, Op. 15*

32:41  
9 I Marche funèbre. Moderato un poco lento 18:21
10 II Oraison funèbre. Adagio non tanto - Andantino - Andantino poco lento e sostenuto - 6:23
11 III Apothéose. Allegro non troppo e pomposo 7:53
We are pleased to continue our survey of international wind music, performed by the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra.

This disc includes the premiere recording in this version of Saint-Saëns’s Orient et Occident performed using the original scoring of 1869.

The works featured on this disc cover a wide time-scale, from Berlioz’s Grande Symphonie funèbre et triomphale composed in 1840 to the Children’s Overture by Bozza composed in 1964.

This is the third disc in Chandos’ on-going journey around the world exploring wind music of different nations. The previous discs featuring music from England (CHAN 9697) and Germany (CHAN 9805) were well received.

The series has covered a gap in recorded music and has brought attention to the wealth of music available for wind orchestra.



When in 1840 Berlioz was invited to write a work to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the July Revolution, he responded with great enthusiasm and produced the Grande Symphonie funèbre et triomphale. He raised and conducted a military band of 200 players, but even with such forces the sound was lost in the open air. The symphony is unusual, having its three movements in three different keys. The first and last movements, respectively a funeral march and a triumphal march, frame the central ‘Oraison funèbre’ (Funeral Oration) which features a solo trombone recitative and aria.

Saint-Saëns’s ‘Occident’ is characterised by a fine sweeping melody of great energy, followed by a trio which might have been written by a British march composer. The central section is a Moderato assai sostenuto with a janissary accompaniment to a unison melody typical of nineteenth-century French ballet and operatic forays into the ‘Orient’.

Dionysiaques, written for the Garde republicaine in 1914, was not performed until 1925. Although there is nothing of the rhythmic complexity of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps of the previous year, there is the same elemental intensity, as if derived from a Dionysian orgy.

Milhuad’s Suite française was premiered by the Goldman Band in 1945; later it was rescored for symphony orchestra and premiered by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. The five parts of the suite are named after the French provinces from which the folk tunes used in each part are taken.

Bozza’s Children’s Overture was first performed in 1964 and is based on a number of French nursery and folk-tunes. A poignant slow passage is framed by two energetic Allegro vivo sections.


‘There are only a handful of conductors who know this repertoire really well and Tim Reynish rules supremely amongst them. His interpretations are authoritative, as are his programme notes, and I cannot recommend this CD too strongly to serious bandsmen.’
Brass Review

‘The performances are exemplary, beautifully phrased and balanced, and the sound is rich.’
Gramophone on CHAN 9805 (German Wind Band Classics)

‘This disc of ‘British Wind Band Classics’ contains some real musical treats, played with relish and a true rhythmic verve…’
BBC Music Magazine on CHAN 9697 (British Wind Band Classics)




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W Mr Koos Van Der Wat

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K Packie