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Colin Clarke
Fanfare, July 2017

This disc functions as a celebration of the music of John Corigliano and composers he has taught and mentored. It comes out of a 2013 series of concerts in Chicago on the occasion of Corigliano’s 75th birthday, intended to highlight not just Corigliano’s music but also its influence and legacy via his pupils and protégés.

Superb legato from all members of Gaudete Brass ensures that the intent is met.

This is a most stimulating and energizing release. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, July 2017

The title The Corigliano Effect conjures thoughts of the Coriolis effect, which describes the way that the rotating earth powers the prevailing winds and ocean currents. Surely the allusion is intended, for while there are no clones here, one does perceive a generational connection, most often in the virtuosity of the writing and in the imaginative use to which the ensemble is put. In fact, what is often strikingly similar, despite the awesome power of which this ensemble is capable, is the subtlety with which the forces are deployed: the Corigliano effect, indeed.

I greeted Gaudete Brass’s first Cedille release, Chicago Moves, with a great deal of enthusiasm… If anything, this outing is even more impressive. The quintet, as well as the extended ensemble made up of colleagues and teachers, is technically exemplary and unerringly stylish, whether the work is euphonious or more discordant. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

Christian Hoskins
Gramophone, June 2017

sevenfive brings a contemporary programme of music centred on the American composer John Corigliano and five of his former pupils, who composed a number of pieces for their teacher’s 75th birthday in 2013. …All the pieces receive committed performances from Gaudete Brass and are superbly recorded. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, May 2017

A real blast of a birthday tribute to an enormously popular composer—fantastic compositions, brilliantly executed!

I won’t spoil the experience by giving any of this away, but will say that there is enough variety and effect on this disc to completely assuage any concerns about sameness of style, tonal quality, of “brass” fatigue that often happens on discs where single ensembles dominate the entire recital. Though this is certainly brash, urban, and highly enervated music for the most part, lyricism has its place, and the variety of composers present ensue that a broad and exceptionally gratifying listening experience is in store for any willing to plunge in. With the great sonics, sterling execution, and high level of compositional expertise, not doing so would be a mistake. © 2017 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, May 2017

…we have this very fine collection of works for brass quintet by students of the great John Corigliano (plus a few little tidbits by Corigliano himself). …Highlights include the timbrally adventurous title composition by Steven Bryant, David Sampson’s quietly sumptuous Still, and (my personal favorite) the “Foxtrot” section of Jonathan Newman’s Prayers of Steel suite. © 2017 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review

Matthew Gurewitsch
Matthew Gurewitsch |, March 2017

For all his wizardry of instrumental color, Corigliano has written very little just for brass: a mere two pieces, in fact, with a combined running time of seven minutes. To keep them company, Gaudete has commissioned new works for brass from several of the master’s distinguished former students. Our sampler opened with Steven Bryant’s dazzling title piece sevenfive, which juggles harmonic fifths and sevenths in rhythmic groupings of seven and five. As our centerpiece, we chose Corigliano’s strict, ecclesiastical Antiphon, which evokes the spaces of a cathedral. Then we skipped to Corigliano’s frisky Gazebo Dances Overture, excerpted from a suite for four-hand piano, freshly arranged for Gaudete by Cliff Colnot, and delivered with parade-ground spit and polish. © 2017 Matthew Gurewitsch |

Robert Benson, March 2017

All of this music is compelling and imaginative, and obviously the composers took full advantage of the performance capabilities of instruments involved. You will hear some odd sounds that one would not think could be produced by brass instruments and throughout there is much interplay between them requiring the highest virtuosity. Current members of the Quintet are Bill Baxtresser and Charles Russell Roberts, trumpets; Phil Kassel, horn, Paul Van Hoff, trombone, and Scott Tegge, tuba. They play together as one in these dazzling performances which have been recorded in fine stereo that lets us hear the myriad of sounds. A fascinating release! Quality new music played to perfection. © 2017 Read complete review

David Vernier, February 2017

Here’s a disc that shows off all the cool things that brass players do: a program of mostly world premieres that features the scintillating dissonances, the tonguing—triple, quadruple, and god knows octuple and beyond—plops, pops, lip slurs, slides, swoops, blares, and every possible conception of harmony/cacophony/meliphony in sets alternately irreverent, worldly, resolutely traditional or defiantly non-conformist. © 2017 Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), February 2017

Gaudete Brass, a quintet devoted to presenting serious brass chamber music and commissioning new works, brings a fresh perspective to music of John Corigliano with an inventive album of brass works by the prolific American composer and five of his protégés: David Sampson, Jonathan Newman, Steven Bryant, Jeremy Howard Beck, and Conrad Winslow. © 2017 WFMT (Chicago)

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