"The highlight on this Naxos American Classics disc by California composer Craig Russell is the expansive Horn Rhapsody, 41 minutes long, composed for and played by horn virtuoso Richard Todd. In five movements, it demonstrates Russell's ability to write beautiful and exciting music in a number of jazz-inflected and American concert-music styles...Todd is a fabulous hornist and he is more than ably backed by the terrific San Luis Obispo Symphony conducted by Michael Nowak. (As I have mentioned elsewhere, we are in a golden age of American orchestras when a regional orchestra like this one can sound like one of the majors!)...Expertly done and a lot of fun...Craig's style combines the rhythmic sophistication of late 20th-century jazz and advanced orchestral technique with the 'comfort food' harmonies of the Copland-Barber axis. I enjoyed every moment of it."
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