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UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE: Road to the Stars

UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE: Road to the Stars

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2011


Artists:

University of St. Thomas Symphonic Wind Ensemble


George, Matthew


Matthew George

Conductor

Record Label
Innova

Genre:

Concert Band


Classical

Total Time - 66:10
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UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE: Road to the Stars

     
Select Complete Single Disc for
     
 

ARTURO MARQUEZ

1 

Danzon No. 2 (arr. A. Boysen Jr.)

11:03
     
 

ANDREW BOYSEN, JR.

2 

Scherzo

10:04
     
 

GUY WOOLFENDEN

 

Bohemian Dances

 
3 I. Shepherds and Shepherdness 4:11
     
4 II. Florizel and Perdita 2:39
     
5 III. Dance of the Satyrs 2:18
     
 

RALPH HULTGREN

6 

Of Questions and Answers

4:48
     
 

ROGER CICHY

 

Bugs

 
7 I. Prelude 1:53
     
8 II. Dragonfly 2:16
     
9 III. Praying Mantis 2:59
     
10 IV. Black Widow Spider 2:19
     
11 V. Tiger Swallowtail 3:10
     
12 VI. Army Ants 2:39
     
 

NIGEL CLARKE

 

Gagarin

 
13 I. Road to the Stars 5:50
     
14 II. Orbit 4:43
     
15 III. Homecoming 5:18
     
 Matthew George Conductor
 George, Matthew


Dump the string section of an orchestra and what is left? A symphonic wind ensemble. All of the power but none of the scraping. And when it is a finely tuned engine, that sucker can roar.

No wonder then that the University of St. Thomas (UST) symphonic wind ensemble based in St. Paul, Minnesota, named their CD "Road to the Stars" after Yuri Gagarin’s first manned orbit. He "heard an ever-growing din and felt the rocket tremble all over before it slowly lifted off."

The University of St. Thomas has commissioned new works for band since 1985 and this collection is the first to document some of them. The composers range from Guy Woolfenden of the Royal Shakespeare Company to film composer Nigel Clarke ("The Little Vampire"). Subjects range from Shakespeare to Soyuz, dancing bugs to Bohemians. Matthew George is in charge of this mission, and it is flawless. It may be a long road to those stars but the music skips right along.

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