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Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, January 2016

The USMB musicians make Merlin Patterson’s setting of Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral sound by turns mysterious and magnificent. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, in Ryan Nowlin’s Stokowski-like setting, is played with dignity and breadth, …The brass section is most impressive in ‘Catacombs’. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



BandWorld, July 2015

Paul Lavender’s arrangement for band follows the Ravel setting as if Ravel conceived as an original work rather than an orchestration of Mussorgsky’s music. © 2015 BandWorld



Patrick Neas
The Kansas City Star, June 2015

Maurice Ravel’s orchestral transcription of Mussorgsky’s piano miniatures is known for its brilliant color, but this rendition is just as brilliant and has an extra surge of juice. In the final movement, the Marines storm the Great Gate of Kiev with all horns blazing. It’s a Technicolor conclusion to a bravura performance. © 2015 The Kansas City Star Read complete review





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