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THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS WIND ENSEMBLE
JERRY JUNKIN, conductor
The UTWE has firmly established itslf as one of America's truly elite
wind bands. The Wind Ensemble has been praised for its "exhilarating color," "truly
profound music-making," and "remarkable virtuosity...Concert
bands are the Rodney Dangerfields of the music world: they get no
respect. But a new CD from Reference Recordings, "Bells for Stokowski," with
Jerry Junkin leading the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, is a
delight." - JAMES R. OESTREICH, N.Y. Times
NEW CLASSICS TODAY 10/10 REVIEW:
" The disc title (Bells for Stokowski) promises sonority, sonority, sonority.
The 24-bit HDCD stereo recording begins with timpani, then more drums, then other
percussion, then brass, all roaring and pounding out the start of a brilliant
arrangement by Patrick Dunnigan of selections from Susato's The Danserye. The
sound is just as real as it can be, utterly without strain or congestion, the
contrabassoons buzzing, the horns barking, the trombones and trumpets crackling.
I'm a fan for SACD surround, but this sounds cleaner, more natural, and even
more spatially defined than at least 85 percent of the discs I've heard in the
Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble are first rate throughout.
If you are any kind of fan of concert band music, you must
get this disc." [1/11/2006] --Joseph
Stevenson - ClassicsToday.com - MORE
BELLS FOR STOKOWSKI
Nine delightful Renaissance dances by Tielman Susato start this program
with a bang. The ever-popular English Folksong Suite by Ralph Vaughan
Williams in its original scoring continues the crowd-pleasing mood.
Two important new works follow. David Del Tredicis first composition
for wind band, In Wartime, is based on the popular hymn Abide
With Me and the Persian national anthem. Michael Daugherty is
one of the most performed and commissioned American composers of his
generation. Bells for Stokowski is a fantasy in which the composer
imagines Leopold Stokowski in Philadelphia, hearing all the bells of
the city resonate. Its a sonic spectacular, captured to perfection
by Prof. Johnson in his most dazzling HDCD sound.
Track listing: SUSATO:
1-La Morisque; 2-Bergerette; 3 -Les quartre Branles; 4-Fagot; 5 -Den
hoboecken dans; 6-Ronde & Salterelle; 7-Ronde & Aliud; 8-Basse danse:
Mon desir; 9-Pavane: La Battaille. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: English Folk Song
Suite 10-March: Seventeen Come Sunday; 11-Intermezzo: My Bonny Boy;
12-March: Folk Songs from Somerset. DEL TREDICI: In Wartime 13-Hymn;
14-Battlemarch. DAUGHERTY: 15-Bells for Stokowski
RR-104 HDCD -- $16.98
DALLAS WIND SYMPHONY
In just a few years, The Dallas Wind Symphony has become "our nation's
premiere permanent wind ensemble" (Fanfare). There's nothing quite
like the sound of a large-scale wind and percussion ensemble at full
force. You'll be blown away!
Dallas Wind Symphony WebSite
Purchase a complete
Dallas Wind Symphony 15 CD Set for $192.00
RR-38,39,43,52,58,62,66,76,85, 94,108,112, 117, 126 and 127
Holiday Discount does not apply to these items.
Conducted by JERRY JUNKIN
Horns For The Holidays showcases a 12-track lineup including brilliant original arrangements of festive favorites. A treat for wind band enthusiasts, audiophiles, and all who love great holiday music!
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Jerry Junkin / Dallas Wind Symphony - RR-126 - $16.98
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performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony
Showcases the wind band music of Percy Grainger, including favorites Lincolnshire Posy and Irish Tune from County Derry ("Danny Boy"). Australia considers Grainger its greatest composer; the U.S., where he lived most of his life, praises him as a music educator, composer and arranger of band music; and England considers him supremely important in the preservation and arrangement of British folk songs.
Grainger's gems are performed to perfection by America's only full-time professional wind band, conducted by Jerry Junkin. Grainger specified many unusual, optional, instruments, and this recording has them all. Hear these "original instrument" performances in the spectacular sonics captured by Reference Recordings' world-renowned team of engineer Keith Johnson and producer Tam Henderson.
"All of the pieces sparkle and captivate . . . Sonics are excellent, an audiophile gem." --John Sunier, Audiophile Audition -- complete review
Track Listing - The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare; Lincolnshire Posy; The Merry King; Children’s March; Colonial Song; Mock Morris; The Gum-Suckers March; Molly on the Shore; Spoon River; After-Word; Lads of Wamphray; Irish Tune from County Derry; Shepherd’s Hey.
RR-117 HDCD - Lincolnshire Posy - $16.98
Dallas Wind Symphony
Mary Preston, organ
Festive Music for Organ, Winds, Brass & Percussion!
One of RR’s all-time bestsellers, and an audiophile touchstone, is Pomp & Pipes!, our first foray into the magnificent repertoire for organ and wind band. In the fourteen years since, we’ve had many requests for “more!”, and here it is, a program that’s at least as exhilarating.
This time, in addition to the renowned Dallas Wind Symphony and its music director Jerry Junkin, we have the services of Mary Preston, resident organist of the mighty Fisk concert instrument in the Meyerson Symphony Center. No one knows better than she the capabilities of the Fisk, and Mary Preston can make it sing and shout.
In addition to the royal coronation anthem CROWN IMPERIAL by William Walton, there are substantial pieces that are seldom heard in such full instrumentation. Richard Strauss contributes a stately FESTIVAL INTRADA; there’s a CANZON originally composed “in stereo” by Giovanni Gabrieli; a ceremonial brass FANFARE by Henri Tomasi; an unusual arrangement by Percy Grainger of the famous COUNTY DERRY AIR; ELSA’S PROCESSION TO THE CATHEDRAL from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, who knew how to bring an audience to its feet; KAMMERMUSIK #7, a full concerto for organ and winds by Paul Hindemith; and NIAGARA FALLS, a rousing, wild ride by popular American composer Michael Daugherty.
NEW REVIEWS -"Addictively warm and velvety is how this Keith Johnson recording sounds. It captures the sound of the hall in all its rich, creamy, clarified glory as well as that of the mighty, Herman W. Lay Family 1.36 million dollar, 4535 pipe C.B. Fisk Opus 100 organ. It’s a whopper and if your system goes low, you’ll hear and feel it!" -- Michael Fremer, The Tracking Angle - complete review
"From the shriek of piccolo to the thunder of the organ's awesome 32-foot pedal stops, this will give the best stereo system a workout... Hold on to your subwoofer and when organist Mary Preston cuts loose, don't be surprised if neighbors complain about their furniture sliding across the floor." --Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News - complete review
"Audiophiles will have to have this one." --John Sunier, Audiophile Audition - complete review
Track Listing - 1 Richard Strauss: Festival Intrada; 2 Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon Primi Toni; 3 William Walton: Crown Imperial; 4 Henri Tomasi: Procession du Vendredi-Saint; 5 Percy Grainger: County Derry Air; 6 Richard Wagner: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral; 7-9 Paul Hindemith: Kammermusik #7; 10 Michael Daugherty: Niagara Falls.
RR-112 HDCD - CROWN IMPERIAL - Dallas Wind Symphony - $16.98
GARDEN OF DREAMS
Music by David Maslanka
Exciting new music for winds,brass,percussion & pipe organ!
David Maslanka is the most-performed living composer for wind band.His music is widely known
for its accessibility,its brilliant and imaginative orchestration,and its depth of expression.Maslanka
has spent his artistic life exploring what can be called the dreamscape of music.Music,in his
words,forms the "balance point between the conscious and unconscious minds." His music fuels
the active power of our waking life,and resonates in the deep pools of what he calls the "mystic,
timeless part" of our being —"the part where dreams come from."
This new recording by America's premier wind band presents three Maslanka works in the finest
professional performances they are likely to have. A Child's Garden of Dreams is a kaleidoscopic
exploration of the sonorities and textures available from the modern concert wind band. In Memoriam, based on a Bach chorale,is an eloquent soundscape with an impressive range of
musical color. Symphony #4, an imposing work incorporating the doxology hymn-tune "Old
Hundredth," rises to a magnificent climax calling for full forces and pipe organ. As captured by
"Prof." Johnson's thrilling HDCD© recording, this is sure to become a touchstone of state-of-the-art
RR-108 track listing — A Child's Garden of Dreams (5 movements); In Memoriam; Symphony #4. Total Time 77:45.
RR-108 GARDEN OF DREAMS- $16.98
No marches are quite as inspired as those by America's beloved
March Master. Jerry Junkin leads the renowned Dallas Wind Symphony
through the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill
of Rights of every windband! Recorded by "Prof." Johnson
in the big, bold acoustics of the Meyerson Symphony Center,
this collectionof Sousa favorites and rarities qualifies as Essential Americana.
RR-94 HDCD -- $16.98
conducted by FREDERICK FENNELL
MARCHES I'VE MISSED
Essential Americana! The Godfather of Wind Bands conducts 18 great "footlifters"
-- all new to the extensive Fennell discography, in sizzling performances
by the DallasWind Symphony at its best!
RR-85 HDCD $16.98
An album of favorite encores from the world's most beloved bandmaster.
Recorded at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, this program
of tuneful toe-tappers is a hi-fi hullabaloo for band! "A
rush-right-out-and-buy-it item if there ever was one! --Fanfare
RR-62 HDCD $16.98
POMP & PIPES!
"The Absolute Sound Super Disc List"
A sonic spectacular featuring the giant Fisk pipe organ in
the Meyerson Symphony Center. A heart-stopping sonic experience
in powerful HDCD sound! "...The
finest wind ensemble collection I've heard in years...The
demonstration-class sound...has to be heard to be believed...A
no-brainer on my Want List." --Fanfare
RR-58 HDCD $16.98
"The Absolute Sound Super Disc List"
The dynamic title piece by Nelhybel, plus works by Giannini,
Albéniz,Grieg and Dello Joio.
"Best Classical Album of 1993" (NAIRD Indie Award).
RR-52 HDCD $16.98
The power and heat of Fennell LIVE! Includes the world premiere recording
of MacDowell's Woodland Sketches for band. "...Sustained
high energy. There's not a slack moment...you'll cheer FENNELL FAVORITES!" --H&B
RR-43 CD $16.98
HOLIDAYS & EPIPHANIES
Leonard Slatkin called Ron Nelson "the quintessential American composer." Nelson
may be America's favorite living composer for wind ensemble, and
this is the first album devoted entirely to his music. Includes
the popular Rocky Point Holiday plus seven world premiere
recordings, supervised by the composer. "This disk is a sonic blockbuster." --American Record Guide
RR-76 HDCD $16.98
ARNOLD FOR BAND
World premiere recordings of six brilliant works by Sir Malcolm Arnold.
"...The definitive Arnold CD...a surefire winner...an explosion
of new colours, showing Arnold in his 'Sunday Best'."--Beckus,
the Journal of The Malcolm Arnold Society
RR-66 HDCD $16.98
conducted by Howard Dunn
HOLST: Hammersmith and Suites
Original music for band by one of the greatest of English composers.
"Highly recommended." --Fanfare
RR-39 CD $16.98
South-of-the-border music for band by Gould, Reed, Williams, Nixon
and Perkins. "Exceptional
in dynamic range, transient response, overall clarity, and--most
of all--realistic differentiation of instrumental timbres."--Fanfare
RR-38 CD $16.98