La Voie Triomphale (2013)

Bozza, Tomasi, Milhaud, Dukas, Saint-Saens, Berlioz

The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces

Ole Kristian Ruud

The years before, during and after the French Revolution were a turning-point for wind ensembles throughout the world. They developed from being small ensembles, with each instrument represented in pairs, to being something much larger. At the same time, the repertoire moved rapidly from the chamber music for wind instruments of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven to much larger works of almost orchestral dimensions by a new generation of composers. The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces has on this recording chosen music by composers who all made significant contributions to the evolvement of the wind orchestra and to the literature for wind orchestra that we know today. The music is an exquisite selection of French drama, romance and epic tone poems composed at times of considerable political turbulence. It could be precisely this political backdrop, combined with the wind orchestra’s hitherto unexplored potential, that goes some way towards explaining why composers like Berlioz, Bozza, Saint-Saëns, Tomasi, Dukas and Milhaud chose to write large-scale works for the wind orchestra – works that are still considered an important part of the standard wind ensemble repertoire today, a repertoire the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces performs with the elegance, virtuosity and energy the music demands; The Triumphal Way!

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The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces

The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces is one of the Norwegian armed forces’ five professional music ensembles, and since its formation in 1818 has been the country’s largest professional wind band.

Based in Oslo, it is the armed forces’ most important band for providing musical support at ceremonial functions, and it plays regularly on royal and official government occasions and on behalf of the armed forces – as well as at a host of other ceremonial and representative functions at home and abroad. The band also has an extensive concert schedule in and around Oslo. Most of its concerts are given in its own concert hall, “Ridehuset”, in Akershus Fortress, but it also gives numerous outdoor concerts and regularly plays on tours around Norway. The band is well-known for its versatility – it plays music that spreads over many genres, with a repertoire ranging from the classical wind repertoire to the very latest in popular music. Works by contemporary composers are often performed, and the band has contributed to the broadening of the wind repertoire by commissioning compositions and arrangements – both from established names and from promising up-and-coming composers.

As one of the world’s oldest military bands, the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces has a distinguished history and a strong tradition to maintain. In addition to its military functions, it has always played a central part in the cultural life of the capital, Oslo. Moreover, it was for many years the only institution in Norway that offered a musical education.

The band’s artistic aims are the same today as they have always been: to play music that is appreciated by its audience and to maintain and develop the high standards and enthusiasm of its players.

photo: from booklet 2L086 La Voie Triomphale

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La Voie Triomphale (2013)

Bozza, Tomasi, Milhaud, Dukas, Saint-Saens, Berlioz

The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces

Cables: DPA custom
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Merging Technologies Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Microphones: DPA 4041-S and DPA 4003
Mixing Board: Pyramix. No outboard.
Producer: Wolfgang Plagge, Morten Lindberg
Recording Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: B&W, PMC and DynaBel. Sennheiser HD-800 headphones.

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Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale, op. 15 - I. Marche funebre
Berlioz
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Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale, op. 15 - II. Oraison funebre
Berlioz
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Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale, op. 15 - III. Apotheose
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Orient et Occident - Grande Marche pour Grande Harmonie, op. 25
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Fanfare pour preceder la Peri
Dukas
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Suite Francaise, op. 248 - I. Normandie
Milhaud
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Suite Francaise, op. 248 - II. Bretagne
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Suite Francaise, op. 248 - III. Ile-de-France
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Suite Francaise, op. 248 - IV. Alsace-Lorraine
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Suite Francaise, op. 248 - V. Provence
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Fanfares Liturgiques - I. Annonciation
Tomasi
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Fanfares Liturgiques - II. Evangile
Tomasi
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Fanfares Liturgiques - III. Apocalypse
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Fanfares Liturgiques - IV. Procession du Vendredi-Saint
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Children's Overture
Bozza
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