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Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, September 2014

The US Marine Band always sounds terrific…Of particular interest is Schwarz’s own work, Above and Beyond, which has a celebratory ending that turns out to not be an ending after all.

Excellent readings of the other pieces, too… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Darren Robinson
Audiophile Audition, August 2014

The treat is to hear the Marine band in a live setting were all groups should be, but especially bands. The playing is topnotch. While I did not find every track equally engrossing there are some gems; I was so enjoying the suave de vie of the Marine’s Hymn I was disappointed that it seemed to end so soon. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Stephen Smoliar
Examiner.com, July 2014

The most impressive account on this recording is the one given to Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy. It is hard to imagine any other composer who could get such a rich sound out of a wind ensemble, making the discipline of the Marine Band the perfect vehicle for giving his music the best possible interpretation. © 2014 Examiner.com Read complete review



Gwyn Parry-Jones
MusicWeb International, July 2014

This is a distinguished disc…I liked it enormously, chiefly because it enables the detailed textures, so brilliantly achieved by the musicians themselves, to register with total clarity. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2014

The award-winning conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, conducts the famous American band in a programme of original works and transcriptions…it moves from the first performance of Schwarz’s Above and Beyond, a work opening and ending in peace with a quite volatile central section, to one of the most popular scores for concert band, Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, based on folksongs collected from the eastern part of England. The English-born composer, Bernard Rands, has made his name internationally famous since arriving in the States in 1975, Ceremonial being a readily attractive score, both melodically and rhythmically, as it builds to a big percussion orientated conclusion. Frank Hudson is responsible for a very good band transcription of Medea’s Dance of Vengeance from Samuel Barber’s ballet, the composer also represented by the Commando March…But for me the jewels of the disc come in Paul Creston’s vivacious Celebration Overture…and Copland’s Emblems, the whimsical and brilliant outer movements framing the Amazing Grace melody. Needless to say the playing is of the highest quality, while the recording is punchy and well detailed. © 2014 David’s Review Corner




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, April 2014

Above and Beyond may be one of the finest overall programs in Naxos’ wind band series. The release features a great collection of significant classic band music in superb performances while introducing two recent pieces into the mix as well. Audience noise is mostly inaudible during these performances and the recording itself is set up to capture the band very well. The attacks on phrasing throughout these performances will be the envy of many a band teacher and student! © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review





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