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Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, May 2014

For concert band aficionados, this is a must-hear album. The spectacular music is given superb readings by a terrific band. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2014

Born in Belgium in 1956, Jan Van der Roost is in demand on the international music scene in the world of brass instruments as a teacher, conductor and composer. Much of this now takes place in Japan, this disc featuring a large professional group based in Osaka…The two works come from the 21st century, the first taking music back to the Franco-Flemish school in the 16th century, though after the opening section their music and influence on later generations takes over in modern brass sounds. We also go back in time for Sinfonia Hungarica, a score that pictures three people embedded in Hungarian history before its first king…Both scores must present a real challenge to the virtuosity of a wind ensemble, and here it has a superb group of musicians based in the Japanese city of Osaka. The picture in the programme notes would show the group has string double basses, a harp and a large percussion section, the harp playing a very positive role in the Sinfonia. Just a hint of Hollywood in the scoring, it is both dense and obviously complex, and though basically tonal, there are many pungent harmonies. Strongly recommended. © 2014 David’s Review Corner



Ettore Garzia
Percorsi Musicali, January 2014

…Van der Roost teaches us how the idea of ​​the poverty of the wind band's sounds (due to the lack of an official string section) is an unreal and absurd dogma. “From Ancient Times” recaptures evanescent parts of Gregorian chant and of medieval historical periods as a kind of tribute, trying to reassemble the pages of history within a frame of current sound (with all the chrisms of the tonality)…

…His compositions are dynamic, in many moments effervescent, with a great spirit of chorality among the participants, I would say very appropriate for a perfect correspondance in the classical dance. With a perfect recording, this “European” attempt to organize concerts to ever higher levels for wind bands, is among the best efforts of this genre, for the imagination of the repechage and for Philarmonic musicians' qualities (PWO). A new step for further elaborations of the composition for wind bands… © 2014 Percorsi Musicali





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