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Black Castles - British Music for Brass

Composer Derek Bourgeois
Arthur Butterworth
Sir Edward Elgar
John Pickard
John Taverner
Mark-Anthony Turnage
Performer brass partout
Hermann Bäumer, conductor
Period Romantic
Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-1354 CD
EAN 7318590013540
Format CD
Release date Mar 2007
Total time 81'36


For their third disc on BIS, the musicians in the ensemble brass partout have chosen music from the great British brass tradition. The earliest work is Elgar’s Severn Suite, composed during the heyday of the brass band in Britain, when there were more than 20,000 brass bands in existence. Of the remaining composers, Bourgeois, Butterworth and Pickard have all written several works for brass ensemble, while Tavener and Turnage are represented with their only compositions in the genre. (Incidentally, Set To, by Mark-Anthony Turnage, appears in another guise on one of this month’s BIS releases – BIS-SACD-1638 – namely as ‘Another Set To’, the finale of the composer’s trombone concerto.)

Consisting of players from some of Germany’s foremost orchestras, the ensemble brass partout was founded in 1991 when its members met while participating in the German National Youth Orchestra. Ever since they have been giving concerts, appearing in varying constellations as dictated by the programme: from septets to larger scorings for 16 or more instruments. Besides original compositions, brass partout’s repertoire features arrangements written for the ensemble, such as Dudley Bright’s arrangement of the Elgar Suite on the present CD. The two previous discs on BIS have also had geographical themes, with works from the Nordic countries (Playground for Angels, BIS-CD-1054) and from Russia (Nokturno, BIS-CD-1274) respectively. Reviewers have remarked upon the combination of virtuosic musicianship, impeccable ensemble playing and sensitive interpretation displayed by the group under the direction of Hermann Bäumer Consequently, Playground for Angels was the chamber music ‘Pick of the Month’ in BBC Music Magazine, while the German magazine Fono Forum wrote: ‘brass partout shines with a virtuoso artistry typical of wind players, but no less convincing is the way expressivity and emotions are brought to the fore.’
 
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  Sir Edward Elgar
  Severn Suite, Op.87 17'27
01 I. Introduction. Pomposo: Worcester Castle 2'09
02 II. Toccata- Allegro molto: Tournament 4'10
03 III. Fugue. Andante: The Cathedral 3'53
04 IV. Minuet. Moderato: Commandery 5'30
05 V. Coda. Lento 1'45
 
 
  Arthur Butterworth
  Triton Suite, Op.46 11'19
06 I. Maestoso 1'38
07 II. Vivace 2'39
08 III. Lament. Adagio 3'16
09 IV. Scherzo. Allegretto 3'46
 
 
  Derek Bourgeois
  William and Mary, Op.106 17'27
10 I. Fanfare 1'47
11 II. The Landing at Torbay and the Journey to London 3'48
12 III. The King's Champion 2'29
13 IV. The Death of Mary 4'31
14 V. The Achievement 4'52
 
 
  John Tavener
15 Trisagion 14'21
 
 
  John Pickard
16 Black Castles 10'59
 
 
  Mark-Anthony Turnage
  Set To
17 Bacchanale 7'40
 
  Album total 81'36
ConductorBäumer, Hermann
Ensemblebrass partout
ComposerBourgeois, Derek
Butterworth, Arthur
Elgar, Sir Edward
Pickard, John
Tavener, John
Turnage, Mark-Anthony

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