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Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (excerpts arranged for brass) Wins 4barsrest Award for CD of the Year 2010

February 8, 2011

The renowned brass band website 4barsrest has awarded the Naxos disc of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (arranged for brass band) with the Eikanger-Bjørsvik Band conducted by Bjarte Engeset their CD of the Year prize in the 2010 Awards.


PROKOFIEV Romeo & Juliet (excerpts)
(arr. for brass)

Eikanger-Bjørsvik Band
Bjarte Engeset, conductor

8.572193

The idea of arranging movements from Prokofiev’s popular ballet Romeo and Juliet for brass band and percussion is not as strange as it may first seem, since Russia boasts a great brass band tradition. The three arrangers who participated in this unique project have had a close relationship with the Eikanger-Bjørsvik Band for many years, resulting in colourful and thrilling arrangements that showcase the full range of sonorities available, particularly involving melodic percussion instruments and the expressive contrasts achievable between muted and full-voiced brass.


The idea of arranging movements from Prokofiev’s popular ballet Romeo and Juliet for brass band and percussion is not as strange as it may first seem, since Russia boasts a great brass band tradition. The three arrangers who participated in this unique project have had a close relationship with the Eikanger-Bjørsvik Band for many years, resulting in colourful and thrilling arrangements that showcase the full range of sonorities available, particularly involving melodic percussion instruments and the expressive contrasts achievable between muted and full-voiced brass.

Please visit the website http://www.4barsrest.com/articles/2010/1204.asp for further details about the 4barsrest awards

This album has also been acclaimed by others:
‘This is the finest brass band recording I have ever heard, and sets the standard by which all other band recordings will be judged.’ – David Denton
‘I love music for brass ensemble or brass band. I also love Prokofiev’s score for the ballet Romeo and Juliet. Therefore I doubly love the Naxos CD Romeo and Juliet for Brass Band’ – Frank Behrens










 
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