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Darren Robinson
Audiophile Audition, January 2014

I found “Chicago Moves” an extremely enjoyable album; the Gaudete brass shine with a stellar sound, and a wonderful sense of ensemble playing. The recording shows off the power and flexibly of the brass quintet’s sound and abilities. It also is a showcase for the very approachable, witty and enjoyable compositions of some of America’s modern composers. © Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Hi-Fi News & Record Review, June 2013

I especially enjoyed the chattering voices of ‘Spaghetti Bowl’ in David Sampson’s Chicago Moves…The sound is open and vivid here, with the instruments’ different tonal characters distinct, open or muted…Unusual repertory which I found stimulating and every engaging. © 2013 Hi-Fi News

Jason Bergman
The International Trumpet Guild Journal, June 2013

Chicago Moves…is exciting to hear and contains a wonderful collection of beautiful brass playing. Trumpeters Bill Baxtresser and Ryan Berndt deftly maneuver many technically challenging passages with ease. Most importantly, they perform with a beautiful sound and blend together extremely well. The entire ensemble performs with class, sophistication, and finesse. In addition to the fine brass playing, Chicago Moves brilliantly features seven new works for brass quintet by prominent American composers…the recording quality is excellent; and the program booklet is very informative, easy to read, and artistically designed. This album will be enjoyed by all listeners, especially chamber music aficionados. Kudos to the talented Gaudete Brass Quintet on an excellent recording! © 2013 The International Trumpet Guild Journal

David Hurwitz, May 2013

It’s hard to work up much enthusiasm for yet another brass quintet disc, especially since most of them consist of things like transcriptions of the Peer Gynt Suite and other “light” classics, Christmas favorites, show tune pot-pourris, and the like. Well, here is a disc that just might restore your faith in the medium. Gaudete Brass is as talented a bunch of players as you will find today, with a pair of perfectly matched trumpets and a sonorous trio of horn, trombone, and tuba that can do just about anything. That’s a good thing, because this program pushes them to the limit.

…the program is so well contrasted that you actually can listen to the whole thing at a sitting. It’s also wonderfully recorded. This is just a really smart, enjoyable release. © 2013 Read complete review

Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, May 2013

The music exemplifies [the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s] commitment to expanding the repertoire for brass quintet.

Woodward pays ebullient homage to the ensemble in Gaudete, while Cheetham’s Sonata for brass quintet reveals the composer’s deft blend of whimsy and lyricism. For a cavalcade of atmospheres and colours, the musicians apply gleaming virtuosity to Garrop’s deeply felt Helios and Tower’s dramatic solo flights and ensemble interactions. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, March 2013

Throughout, the Gaudete Brass impresses with precise attacks, spot-on intonation, and the kind of unstrained virtuosity that bespeaks an easy working relationship. Çedille has provided the quintet with clear sonics, roomy dynamics, and plenty of air…this is an ensemble and a release well worth exploring. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, February 2013

The Gaudete Brass are a Chicago-based brass quintet, and this is an outstanding recital album of new music inspired by their hometown…and, mostly, commissioned by the players. If you want to hear the latest in brass music you need to hear this release for its variety and the quality of its writing and playing.

Cedille’s sound quality is exemplary and the acoustic well-proportioned, affording the Gaudete Brass a bit of room to create a rich, vivid sonority. They’re excellent players, and they’re to be commended for such a dedication to music. One hopes there is more to come, from many of these composers and from all five of these players. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Joe Milicia
Enjoy the Music, February 2013

All the music is engaging, the Gautete are a truly distinguished ensemble, and Cedille’s recording is superlative: a splendid release…

James Woodward’s 2007 Gaudete, the earliest piece to be commissioned by the Gaudete…I must say I liked all three movements equally: the jaunty Moderato, the warmly mellow Andante with its featured trombone, and the more jaggedly syncopated Animato rondo-finale.

Brian Baxter’s A Great Commercial City is a…very engaging piece, brilliantly executed.

Chicago Moves…is a musically satisfying short symphony for brass.

I’ve found myself wanting to use the word “engaging” over and over in this review, to indicate how both the music itself and the performers draw the listener in, demanding one’s complete attention, offering sheer delight in the unfoldings of each piece. Cedile’s engineer, Bill Maylone, deserves highest praise for allowing each instrument to be clearly located in space and displaying its unique rich timbre while perfectly blending with every other player. © 2013 Enjoy the Music Read complete review

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, December 2012

The program begins with the brief tune Gaudete by James Woodward…“Gaudete” means “rejoice” in Latin, so that’s what this opening music is all about. It sounds…cheerful…with some entertaining little harmonies bouncing around in it.

Next is the Sonata for Brass Quintet, a work in three movements by John Chetham…The first movement is sprightly, the second lyrical, and the third big and energetic. This is probably a better piece for demonstrating the prowess of the Gaudete Brass, their playing smooth, sophisticated, spontaneous, enthusiastic, and highly accomplished. The five members of the Gaudete Brass—Bill Baxtresser and Ryan Berndt, trumpets; Julia Filson, horn; Paul Von Hoff, trombone; and Scott Tegge, tuba—seem genuinely to be having fun playing this music together, and their joy is infectious.

…there’s Helios by Stacy Garrop…It begins with a fast and fiery sunrise and ends in a serene, sunset mood. Of all the music on the disc, this one is so well played, it stood out as one of my favorites.

…Brass, a three-movement piece by Rob Deemer…explores the various sounds and textures of the brass instruments, a sort of “Young Person’s Guide to the Brass Quintet.” It’s the most-colorful music on the program, and the Gaudete ensemble make the most of it, offering up a joyous celebration of their own group. The movement “Slide” is particularly playful.

The album concludes with Copperwave, a Latin American-inspired piece by Joan Tower…It…is playful music, which brings out all the dramatic unity and immaculate playing technique of the Gaudete Brass. © 2012 Classical Candor Read complete review

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