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Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, January 2017

…strong playing by ensemble and individuals, generally forthright sound, and variety of literature. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Marcus Karl Maroney
ConcertoNet.com, May 2016

This quizzical disc from The Ohio State University Wind Symphony is a great testament to the high level of playing of American collegiate groups of this type.

…in an early work like Network, Kevin Puts’ engaging, colorful voice shines through. © 2016 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, May 2016

[Disc] comprises some brilliant performances of works beautiful to hear in the wind band context, music that holds its own with anything out there, covering a vast span of time from the late romantic to the post-modern, and doing so with a non-compromising accessibility that should appeal to music lovers of all stripes.

An impressive outing. Very recommended. © 2016 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



Gwyn Parry-Jones
MusicWeb International, May 2016

This is an intriguing and highly entertaining disc of music for wind instruments. …Firstly, the playing is of a very high quality indeed, and secondly, this is anything but conventional repertoire. The programme is framed by two striking contemporary works for wind band, and in between, we have items by two great earlier composers, Britten and Mahler. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Ira Novoselsky
BandWorld, April 2016

It’s nice to hear from the Ohio State University Wind Symphony; their recordings with Naxos rate as some of the best. The title work (Kevin Puts/Ryan Kelly) is a dynamic opening work based on an eight note canon that continuously grows throughout its seven minutes length. …The final piece on Network is the five movement Concerto for Wind Ensemble by Steven Bryant. This thirty-five minute work is probably the most mature composition from this gifted composer and the musical challenges in this Concerto are most rewarding for the instrumentalists and the listener. © 2016 BandWorld



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2016

Three works that in various ways explore the sonorities of a wind symphony orchestra, Steven Bryant’s five movement Concerto showcasing every department. Its gestation period has stretched over four years, starting out as a five minute virtuoso score for the United States Air Force Band, that kernel becoming the basic concept from which grew a ‘surround-sound’ work that is still highly impressive in two-dimensional format. Neither atonal nor tonal, it is basically a probing score that examines sonorities, the members of the Ohio ensemble enjoying their many solo opportunities. It also offers many very differing tempos to propel the work, the third movement acting as a highly energized scherzo, with the fourth a sombre slow movement—and the most extended in the work—before a noisy and brass orientated finale. The composer, Kevin Puts, gives the methodology of creating Network in the booklet, the outcome is an explosive cocktail of colourful sound that would make a most entertaining concert overture. Benjamin Britten’s work began life as part of a radio broadcast for children relating T.H. White’s story, The Sword in the Stone, each of the six episodes having its own music, the concert suite compiled by the British composers, Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews. Broadcast in 1939 it has many influences, including Stravinsky and Weill, and is a fun piece in the best of tastes. Finally, Katherine Rohrer, Professor of Voice at Ohio University, gives her take on Mahler’s Um Mitternacht with wind accompaniment. Throughout the playing of the young musicians is outstanding, their enthusiasm bringing vibrancy to all they perform under their conductor, Russel Mikkelson. Rather closely recorded but with considerable clarity. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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