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Deified (World Premiere Recording)

Eun Sun Kim, National Brass Ensemble

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National Brass Ensemble Returns to NativeDSD!

The National Brass Ensemble follows their first album at NativeDSD Gabrieli – from Oberlin Music with their second album and conductor Eun Sun Kim.  The new release is Deified, an album from Pentatone containing music by Wagner and Strauss, as well as World Premiere Recordings of pieces by Jonathan Bingham and Arturo Sandoval. It is another showcase of the exceptional and expressive range of brass music.

This album was recorded at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, on June 20, 2022. It was produced by Blanton Alspaugh, recorded by John Newton and mastered by Mark Donahue from SoundMirror. Technical assistance was provided by Sean Royce Martin & Steve Veilleux of Skywalker Sound.

Bingham won the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco Symphony’s Emerging Black Composers Project competition with his cinematic composition Deified, while composer/trumpet player Sandoval is a legend in the brass world. The longest piece on this album is Timothy Higgins’s The Ring, a virtuosic recomposition of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen scored for brass ensemble. Together, these pieces showcase the exceptional coloristic and expressive range of brass music.

Consisting of some of the best players from leading U.S. orchestras, the National Brass Ensemble is one of the greatest brass groups of our time. Eun Sun Kim is Caroline H. Hume Music Director of the San Francisco Opera, and frequents the most important opera houses and concert halls of the world.


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National Brass Ensemble
Eun Sun Kim, Conductor

Tracklist

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1.
Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare TrV 248
02:18
2.
Deified
10:56
3.
Brass Fantasy Part I Fanfare (World Premiere Recording)
01:35
4.
Brass Fantasy Part II (World Premiere Recording)
02:59
5.
Brass Fantasy Part III (World Premiere Recording)
02:08
6.
Brass Fantasy Part IV (World Premiere Recording)
01:34
7.
The Ring I Das Rheingold The Rhine
04:25
8.
The Ring I Das Rheingold From Walhalla to Nibelheim and Back
06:15
9.
The Ring II Die Walkuere Siegmund s Flight
03:48
10.
The Ring II Die Walkuere Love Theme
02:40
11.
The Ring II Die Walkuere Hunding s Arrival
01:57
12.
The Ring II Die Walkuere Wotan and Bruennhilde s Arrival
02:40
13.
The Ring II Die Walkuere Siegmund s Death
02:35
14.
The Ring II Die Walkuere Ride of the Valkyries
02:11
15.
The Ring II Die Walkuere Wotan s Goodbye and Magic Fire Music
04:21
16.
The Ring III Siegfried Siegfried and Mime
04:48
17.
The Ring III Siegfried Forest Murmurings
02:11
18.
The Ring III Siegfried Siegfried s Horn Call
02:03
19.
The Ring III Siegfried Siegfried Slays the Dragon
05:28
20.
The Ring IV Goetterdaemmerung Dawn Bruennhilde and Siegfried
03:15
21.
The Ring IV Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried s Rhine Journey
06:20
22.
The Ring IV Goetterdaemmerung Hagen s Watch Call
01:25
23.
The Ring IV Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried and the Rhinemaidens
02:56
24.
The Ring IV Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried s Death and Goodbye
04:45
25.
The Ring IV Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried s Funeral March
07:01
26.
The Ring IV Goetterdaemmerung Bruennhilde Returns the Ring
07:34

Total time: 01:40:08

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Mastering Engineer

Mark Donahue (Soundmirror)

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Producer

Blanton Alspaugh (Soundmirror)

Recording Engineer

John Newton (Soundmirror)

Technical Assistance

Sean Royce Martin & Steve Veilleux (Skywalker Sound)

Release DateJune 23, 2023

Press reviews

Positive Feedback

This is a rather remarkable album all the way around. I was hesitant as I sat down to listen the first time around. But I am now a full-throated fan of this release! It is really rather remarkable and far exceeded my expectations.

Why was I hesitant? Well, because an hour and eighteen minutes of it is an arrangement for large brass and percussion ensemble of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle—music I love, but which does not always transfer well in arrangements. Here, however, arranger Timothy Higgins has successfully navigated many pitfalls to create an arrangement I thoroughly enjoyed…

The recorded sound by the Soundmirror team (producer Blanton Alspaugh, recording engineer John Newton, and mixing & mastering engineer Mark Donahue) is some of the best sound I’ve heard this team deliver. And they’ve delivered some extraordinarily nice sounding recordings.

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