Gabriel V Brass Ensemble presents Celebration in Brass, an inspiring collection of fanfares, beloved hymns, and masterworks arranged for brass by twentieth-century composers. Music-lovers will appreciate the rich interpretations of beloved hymns by James Curnow, William Mac Davis, Jack Stamp, and Steve Sherrill. Exciting fanfares for Easter and Pentecost introduce Gregorian chant themes to the world of brass, creating a solemn and stunning atmosphere for worship. Original works by David Marlatt and John Stevens, and an arrangement of the Benedictus from Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace”, complete this program.
Gabriel V Brass Ensemble dedicates itself to upholding a standard of excellence in music for worship, and to inspiring future generations of musicians. For this recording, the ensemble coordinated with the talented young members of the award-winning Spirit of America Winter Percussion Ensemble. The joy of their work together resonates throughout this program recorded in the stunning acoustics of Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Total time: 00:48:55
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Mechanics Hall, Worcester Massachusetts
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|Release Date||April 3, 2015|
International Trombone Association Journal
Inspirational works abound on this recording. The compositions consistently embody the spirit of unity and new life. All these brilliant contemporary additions to the brass ensemble repertoire bring forth the precision, resonance, and uniformity of the Gabriel V Brass Ensemble and the Spirit of America Winter Percussion Ensemble. All of these works complement a concert stage or worship service equally well.
The program leans heavily on arrangements by James Curnow, who’s written extensively for brass band, including arrangements of traditional music. The settings on offer here are all as professional as the playing. My favorite pieces on the program are Steven Sherrill’s Variations on Down Ampney, based on a hymn tune by Vaughn Williams, and Curnow’s Fanfare Prelude on Lobe den Herren, both of which transform their originals in the most interesting and memorable ways. The grand finale, Welsh composer Jenkins’s Benedictus, has an appealing folksiness to it that’s refreshing after the brasher settings of the American and Canadian composers.
The recording was set down at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, a venue that has served other projects well, as I recall. But engineer John Newton’s work is especially fine, capturing a real hall sound, with thrilling detail and transparency as well. Given the many virtues on display here, this DSD recording may well find a larger audience than brass fanciers or fans of hymn tunes in the arrangement.”
American Record Guide
Inspirational . . . good ensemble, and some beautiful moments.”
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