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Naxos Initiative Supports Peabody Conservatory

July 3, 2009

A new initiative by the Naxos record label will support scholarships for Peabody Conservatory brass students. Naxos will contribute one dollar for every Peabody Wind Ensemble CD purchased through Naxos Direct. Two recordings by the Peabody Wind Ensemble, led by Harlan D. Parker, are currently on the Wind Band Classics series and a third comes out this month. Pre-production for all three recordings was done at Peabody.

COLLAGE - A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Peabody Institute, 1857-2007
8.570403

Glinka’s ever-popular overture to Ruslan and Lyudmilla sets the stage for a journey through the wind band repertoire that includes one of its cornerstones, Theme and Variations by Arnold Schoenberg. After this densely orchestrated masterwork, the listener can relax with the charming Suite in D by Arthur Bird, which was commissioned by flutist Claude Paul Taffenel. The full wind band returns with a suite written by British composer Guy Woolfenden, and then moves to Holsinger’s To Tame the Perilous Skies, a programmatic composition that depicts two opposing forces colliding in battle. The finale is one of the great marches by Sousa, here performed with an altered orchestration that reflects Sousa’s own live performances.

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ORFF Carmina Burana Suite, BIRD Serenade,
REED La fiesta Mexicana

8.570242

This wind band arrangement of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is entirely instrumental in concept, the vocal music having been fully incorporated into the band itself. The throbbing rhythms, chaste tenderness and heartfelt simplicity of the original are fully captured in John Krance’s exhilarating transcription. Arthur Bird’s Serenade won the Paderewski Prize as the best chamber work by an American in 1901. Herbert Owen Reed’s La Fiesta Mexicana, subtitled ‘A Mexican Folk Song Symphony for Concert Band’, depicts a religious festival dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Faithfully representing all of the festival’s moods, the music is both comical and solemn, devout and pagan, boisterous and tender.

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Trendsetters - Wind Band Music by HINDEMITH, HOLST, GRAINGER & SCHWANTNER
8.572242

With this addition to Naxos’s popular Wind Band Classics series the Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble explores the music of four musical trendsetters—Hindemith, whose exhilarating Symphony convinced other leading composers that the wind band is a legitimate medium for serious music; Holst, whose First Suite is regarded as a cornerstone of the band repertoire; Schwantner, whose …and the mountains rising nowhere calls for amplified contrabass, piano and 46 percussion instruments; and Grainger, whose Lincolnshire Posy is considered a pinnacle among his folk-music settings.

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