American Record Guide
  by Buerkle

The Horn Call
  by Calvin Smith
  May 1, 2011
  by Jim Lochner
  Feb. 24, 2011
  by David Vernier
  Feb. 02, 2011

The Arts Desk
  by Graham Rickson
  March 26, 2011
  by Joshua Kosman
  March 6, 2011

SF Classical Voice
  by Jeff Dunn

Fanfare Magazine
  by Ronald E. Grames
  June 10, 2011

Audiophile Audition
  by Steven Ritter
  June, 2011

  by John Miller
  March 15, 2011

  by Laurence Vittes
  May 2011


Brass & Organ Christmas
  by Kilpatrick
  Nov/Dec 2000



SOUND THE BELLS!--American Premières for Brass
Harmonia Mundi- HMU 807556(CD)
featured in
The Horn Call
by Calvin Smith
May 1, 2011

       This is a "Wow" CD, with no negatives about the recording. Exciting, beautiful, energetic, contemplative, and varied compositions with extraordinary brass playing and a full, clear, perfectly balanced recorded sound - did I omit anything? Brass players, brass aficionados, and fans of the exceptional composers heard here will have a very enjoyable hour of listening.

The three Williams fanfares are the thrilling music we have come to expect when John Williams sets out to thrill us. Sound the Bells! was composed in 1993 to honor the marriage of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako Owada of Japan. The premiere, also in 1993, was in Tokyo as part of a Boston Pops tour. Fanfare for a Festive Occasion was written for the Boston Civic Orchestra and was premiered by them in 1980. In 1992 the city of Boston celebrated the 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to the New World. One of the many celebratory events was a concert by the Boston Pops Orchestra attended by Britain's Prince Philip in whose honor Aloft...To the Royal Masthead was written.

Michael Tilson Thomas's Street Song was originally a brass quintet commissioned by Rolf Smedvig for the Empire Brass Quintet. This expanded version is for twelve players, and its US premiere was by The Bay Brass in 1997.

Morten Lauridsen has contributed two exemplary works. His Fanfare for Brass Sextet is dedicated to The Bay Brass and is an energetic and jazz flavored work. It is well written in a concise canonic style. O Magnum Mysterium, originally a choral work that was written for, and premiered by, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, loses none of it beauty and high emotional content in its brass ensemble version.

Primarily known for his compositions for film and television, Bruce Broughton is becoming a well-known name in concert halls. His music is melodic, rhythmically inventive, and contains moments of both beauty and excitement. Fanfares, Marches, Hymns and Finale was commissioned and premiered by The Bay Brass in 2002 with the composer conducting.

Elegy is an arrangement of an earlier string quartet and was written for The Bay Brass. It exactly what the title implies: a beautiful work of remembrance and dedication, and here it is performed with great warmth and emotion.

Premiered in 2005 by The Bay Brass, Spirals by Scott Hiltzik is a lively and bouncy work in mixed meter. It would be an excellent opener for any brass ensemble concert or, as it is used here, it ends a CD program of extraordinary and varied music that is performed by musicians of the highest quality. I'm sure you will enjoy many hours of listening to this stellar recording. CS




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