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Three concertos by three American composers for wind ensemble.

For their first commercial recording, the Alabama Wind Ensemble offers three concertos by American composers. James Beckel's The Glass Bead Game is a horn concerto loosely based on the Hermann Hesse novel of the same name. Scott McAllister's Black Dog is a rhapsody for solo clarinet and wind ensemble, inspired by Led Zeppelin's rhapsodic-style song Black Dog. David Maslanka's Trombone Concerto is a memorial to Christine Capote, a flutist and teacher who was a dear friend. The performers and conductor Kenneth Ozzello are all faculty members at the University of Alabama.
Contents:
James A. Beckel, Jr., composer
The Glass Bead Game
Alabama Wind Ensemble, Charles Snead, French horn, Kenneth Ozzello, conductor

Scott McAllister, composer
Black Dog
Alabama Wind Ensemble, Osiris Molina, clarinet, Randall Coleman, conductor

David Maslanka, composer
Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble
Alabama Wind Ensemble, Jonathan Whitaker, trombone, Kenneth Ozzello, conductor

Review:
"I may never tire of hearing Clark McAllister's gripping clarinet concerto Black Dog (2003). In this excellent account...recorded sound is vibrant, the band plays with complete assurance..." (American Record Guide)
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