Ostinato Fantastico
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Another stellar recording from the DePaul Wind Ensemble.

The title of this recording, Ostinato Fantastico, is obviously taken from the title of Blas Atehortua's work. It has a kind of double meaning in the context of the series of recordings the DePaul Wind Ensemble has created with Albany Records. An ostinato is a variation form in which a theme or pattern is repeated throughout the piece, while the musical material around it is changed or varied. In a similar way the DePaul/Albany recordings have a consistent theme of presenting works for winds of two types: First, we have tried to offer seldom or never-recorded music by important composers, music that we don't want to lose from the repertoire. Second, we have presented solo works with wind accompaniment, played by excellent soloists. As the important repertoire for winds develops and is defined over the next decades, we will need to establish and perform the emerging "canon" of wind music. Nobody knows what pieces will be important 100 years from now, but we do need to seek out the best music and insure that it doesn't fall by the wayside because it has been ignored. It is also important to provide a repertoire of excellent solo pieces with original and well-transcribed wind accompaniments. These two themes represent the ostinato of the DePaul Albany series.
Pierre Max Dubois, composer
Trois Préludes en Fanfare
DePaul Wind Ensemble, Donald DeRoche, conductor

Marco Pütz, composer
Concerto for B Flat Clarinet & Wind Ensemble
DePaul Wind Ensemble, Donald DeRoche, conductor, Julie DeRoche, clarinet

Carlos Surinach, composer
DePaul Wind Ensemble, Donald DeRoche, conductor

George Perle, composer
Serenade No. 1 for Viola & Chamber Orchestra
DePaul Wind Ensemble, Donald DeRoche, conductor, Rami Solomonow, viola

Blas Atehortua, composer
Ostinato Fantastico
DePaul Wind Ensemble, Donald DeRoche, conductor

"The DePaul Wind Ensemble always sounds good, but here it seems better than ever....I am very happy with this recording. The musicians play wonderfully, and it's an excellent program." (American Record Guide)
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