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Patrick Hanudel
American Record Guide, March 2013

College wind ensembles are difficult groups to manage…Yet Mikkelson transcends these obstacles and presents a concert that is thoughtfully done and very enjoyable. The Wind Symphony plays with great energy, purpose, balance, blend, and rhythm; and several principals shine in solo passages, particularly alto saxophonist Michael Torres in the Ticheli Symphony and clarinetist Justin Johnston in the Mackey. Cheney steals the show in the finale of the Ticheli Symphony, rendering the composer’s poem with beauty, power, and superb English diction; but the Wind Symphony steals the show back in the Mackey with virtuoso flair and a highly disciplined and exciting percussion section.

…this release offers much more than repertoire discovery; it’s fun, too. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2013

Born in 1958, Frank Ticheli is among the most highly regarded younger generation of American composers, and I reviewed his Second Symphony in October 2011. He numbers among his mentors William Bolcom, from whom he was to gain much in the art of band compositions. He has developed a very personal style, working within the framework of tonality, his First Symphony stating life in 2001, but heard here in a version for concert band made in 2010 by Gary Green. In the conventional four movements, each with a title, it experiments with sounds and their relationship to one another, thematic ideas flashing past in the opening movement representing Youth. Of Wisdom brings a pensive mode; Profanation is seen as the symphony’s turbulent scherzo, with the final Prayer is sung by a tenor to words by the composer. His other work, Rest, is written in memory of the conductor’s father, and, as the title suggests, is very much about the peace we will all one day enjoy. Michael Gilbertson’s Vigil began life in 2000 as a work for the Juilliard Orchestra and takes its mood from the Vespers of the Russian Orthodox Church. Opening with Gustav Holst’s band adaptation of Bach’s Fugue, the disc ends with a boisterous Asphalt Cocktail from John Mackey. Excellent and cleanly delineated sound to capture the playing of the Ohio State University Wind… © 2013 David’s Review Corner

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