Earthquake !

Soli Brass

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The yeears 2005 and 2006 were one of the most memorable periods of Soli Brass’ respectable history. In February 2005, the board of directors and the members of Soli Brass decided that they wanted to move in an entirely new direction. Their desire was to find more excitement and musical challenge within a new repertoire. along with this new vision a new conductor was needed, someone with a fresh, open vision about brass band music. That conductor is the 21 year old Frans aert Burghgraef. The new cooperation led immediately to a very evident musical results.

Tracklist

1.
Solidus
02:52
2.
The Red Machine
10:13
3.
My Unchanging Friend
07:08
4.
Nocturne
04:20
5.
Joyous Song
12:10
6.
Earthquake !
18:21
7.
Dunlap's Creek
04:28
8.
Melody by Melody
05:01
9.
Swing Low
03:58
10.
Kopanitsa
05:19

Total time: 01:13:50

Additional information

Label

SKU

ACDHA011-2

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Genres

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Cables

Mochami

Digital Converters

Sphinx by Merging Technologies

Editing Software

Pyramix

Mastering Engineer

Jos Boerland

Mastering Room

Marren Media, Jos Boerland

Microphones

DPA 4006, Neumann, Schoeps

Mixing Board

Studer

Original Recording Format

Producer

Jos Boerland

Recording Engineer

Jos Boerland

Recording location

De Skans Gorredijk, The Netherlands

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Speakers

B&W 805

Release Date September 9, 2016

Press reviews

HRaudio.net 5 out of 5

Soli Brass is a 31-piece band from the Netherlands. This album celebrates their winning the Dutch National Brass Band Championships. At the time of recording, the band numbered a Soprano Cornet, Principal Cornet, 3 Solo Cornets, a Repiano Cornet, 3 Second Cornets, 3 Third Cornets, Flugel Horn, Solo, First and Second Horns, First and Second Baritones, 2 Euphoniums, Solo, Second and Bass Trombones, 2 E flat basses, 2 B flat basses and four percussionists.

Brass Band music itself is a gathering place for different music styles; ‘classical’ (i.e. symphonic) meets jazz, hymns, Spirituals, Broadway and Popular, with no barriers between ‘serious’ and ‘light’ music. This disc nicely showcases the band’s versatility in presenting traditional, concert, competition and virtuous works, several of which were written specially for Soli Brass.

At the heart of this program is the winning competition piece from the 2005 Championship, written for the band by Jan de Haan. This track is the winning live performance itself. Entitled ‘Earthquake!’ it is a tour de force of technical brilliance, severely challenging even the percussionists in portraying the terror and confusion of an earthquake and its aftershocks – finally resolving into tentative hope for the future. Like Icelandic composer Jón Leifs, de Haan uses a battery of novel percussion effects and instrumental textures, which are skilfully coordinated by the band’s young conductor Franz-Aert Burgengraef into a tautly thrilling experience. As a live recording, it has some discreet audience noise in the quieter parts, and the listeners respond most enthusiastically at the end, the applause being faded quite rapidly.

Jos Boerland’s pure DSD recording is naturally balanced, without close-up exaggeration, and presents a pin-sharp focused image of the band, capturing their huge dynamic range authoritatively. The surrounds produce plenty of acoustic atmosphere in 5.1 mode, and this disc can be played very loudly, to thrilling effect, with plenty of Low Frequency energy from the deep brass and bass drum.

This disc portrays Soli Brass at the peak of its form, superbly directed by its conductor, and with whiplash-tight ensemble playing which is a great pleasure to hear.

A musical treat for the ears, and a sonic spectacular for a good sytem, then. Don’t miss this one, especially if you haven’t heard the thrilling sound of a big Brass Band before.

Performance, Multichannel Sonics & Stereo Sonics: 5 Stars out of 5 Stars.

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