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Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, March 2008

This release is from the “Wind Band Classics” series from Naxos, but both of the composers, Thomas Sleeper and David Maslanka, present their material in a full voiced, symphonic manner. The ear hears an orchestra more so than a band, due to the full exploitation of tonal color blending and voicing on the part of both composers. Sleeper’s work is concise and well organized, in the manner of Stravinsky, which is not to say that it is emotionally cold. There is a prismatic brilliance, especially in the faster sections, that flows into a natural sense of lyricism. Nothing seems contrived here; this is honest and superbly crafted music that falls easily on the ear. The solo playing of Morris is excellent, showing a great range of expression.

…superb performances of the Frost Wind Ensemble. What a crackerjack band this is, and what a fine sense of control do we get from conductor Gary Green. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review





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