Canadian Brass is one of the great virtuoso ensembles in the world. They have recorded for other record companies but from the end of the 1980s until the mid-1990s they made a series of albums for Philips which range from arrangements of Beethoven and Wagner through Broadway numbers as well as more traditional brass music by Giovanni Gabrieli. In some of their recordings they are joined by guests from some of the world’s finest orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras. The level of virtuosity and musicianship in this ensemble is phenomenal and this is nowhere better demonstrated than in some of the virtuoso arrangements of popular pieces by Gershwin and others. Just listen and watch the tuba player on the DVD for a sensational account of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble bee”, for example.
This unique package includes a generously-filled 81 minute CD plus a DVD entitled “Home Movies” - an additional visual feast with Canadian Brass at their finest.
CD - Tracklisting:
Pachelbel: Kanon in D; G. Gabrieli: Sonata pian’ e forte; G. Gabrieli: Canzon in echo duodecimi toni; Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C; Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor - Allegro con brio; Wagner: Die Walküre - Ride of the Valkyries; Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy; Gershwin: Strike up the Band; Berlin: Alexander’s Ragtime Band; Wilson: 76 Trombones; Gershwin: I got rhythm; Rodgers: Carousel Waltz; Meacham: American Patrol; Sondheim: A little night music - Send in the clowns; Lloyd Webber: Cats - Memory; Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera - Music of the night; Gershwin: Bess you is my woman now; Cannon: Bill Bailey; Styne: Bye bye baby; Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag