Works for Wind Ensemble
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Acclaimed release of exciting new works for wind orchestra.

Bernard Rands' Ceremonial is a monothematic composition in which a single, extended melody is repeated ten times during the course of the work. The mood and pace of the piece gradually, deliberately and inevitably moves through its own rituals. John Harbison's Olympic Dances was commissioned by a College Band Directors National Association consortium of twelve wind ensembles-bands including the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble. Harbison writes: "When I was asked to do this piece, it immediately suggested something classical, not our musical 18th century, but an imaginative vision of ancient worlds. I thought of an imagined harmony between dance, sport and sound that we can intuit from serene oranges and blacks on Greek vases, and most important to this piece, the celebration of the ideal tableau, the moment frozen in time, that is present still in the friezes that adorn the temples, and in the architecture of the temples themselves." About his Concerto, William Kraft writes: "The Concerto is transcribed from the original version for orchestra. Wind instruments, including brass, played a strong part in the orchestra version, so much so that when Erich Leinsdorf performed the work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he rearranged the orchestra seating so that the winds were brought forward and the strings pushed back. Therefore it was quite natural to do a transcription for Wind Ensemble." Karel Husa's Les Couleurs Fauves was commissioned by alumni and friends of the Northwestern University School of Music for John P. Paynter, in honor of the 40th anniversary of his appointment to the faculty. Unfortunately this wonderful musician and teacher died before the work's premiere. It was played for the first time at a memorial concert on November 16, 1996, conducted by the composer.
Contents:
John Harbison, composer
Olympic Dances
New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Frank Battisti, conductor

Karel Husa, composer
Les Couleurs Fauves
New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Frank Battisti, conductor

William Kraft, composer
Concerto for Four Solo Percussion & Wind Ensemble
New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Frank Battisti, conductor, Matthew Manturuk, Eric Millstein, John Tanzer, Scott Vincent, percussion

Bernard Rands, composer
Ceremonial for Symphonic Wind Band
New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Frank Battisti, conductor

Review:
"This is one of the finest recordings of new band music I've heard in years. What distinguishes it is the fact that all these compositions, while fluently written for the medium, avoid the stock cliché;s of wind-ensemble music, in large part because each composer has a particular musical vision that overrides any narrow definition of how a "band" should sound....The performances Frank Battisti coaxes from the NEC students are fully up to professional standard, and the distinct musical personality of each composer comes clearly through....A hearty bravo to all concerned, and a must for any interested in new American wind-ensemble music.
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