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Australian Hi-Fi, May 2017

This is a fine recording from the innovative University of Texas Wind Ensemble featuring flute soloist Marianne Gedigian, who was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade… Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble places three groups of players around the audience while Joel Puckett’s Shadow of Sirius envelops the audience with a spatial arrangement of flutists. In the second movement of John Mackey’s Kingfishers Catch Fire antiphonal trumpets are staged behind the audience to conjure up this magnificent bird flying triumphantly into the sunlight. Audiophiles and lovers of contemporary music will like this disc. © 2017 Australian Hi-Fi




Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, November 2016

…[Joel Puckett, John Mackey, and Steven Bryant] make a stupendous impression on a new collection of antiphonal band music conducted by Jerry Junkin, a followup to his spectacular Corigliano Third, but perhaps even more impressive. The three works are quite different—Puckett’s a poignant response to a miscarriage, Mackey’s an evocative piece of nature-painting, Bryan’s a wide-ranging but virtuosic showpiece that, in this performance, reminds of us of the high quality of student performers in the 21st century. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Andrew Quint
Fanfare, January 2016

The University of Texas Wind Ensemble plays with exceptional finesse and assurance. Nominally a student group, it performs at the level of a good second-tier professional orchestra’s wind, brass, and percussion sections. The only non-student player is Marianne Gedigian, professor of flute at the University’s Butler School of Music in Austin, who is the soloist for the Puckett Concerto. Her tone is attractively colored, with an appealing piping quality and just the right amount of vibrato. This disc is a must for fans of band music and audiophiles alike. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



David DeBoor Canfield
Fanfare, January 2016

Junkin’s University of Texas Wind Ensemble does so admirably; his ensemble simply has to be considered one of the top few of its kind to be found anywhere.

Marianne Gedigian is a stunning artist who proves—quite contrary to my assumption—that the high C on the instrument can be played in a true pianissimo. Her tone is simply as beautiful as flute playing gets, and the same can be said about her shaping of the musical lines. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, January 2016

The performances are first-class. Marianne Gedigian is magnificently hypnotic in the Puckett, and the skill of the student ensemble is evident in its coloristic vividness, exceptional balances, and rhythmic point. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Ronald E. Grames
Fanfare, January 2016

…the band plays like professionals in these technically demanding scores, and flutist Marianne Gedigian, Butler Professor of Music at the University of Texas, is as adept at creating Puckett’s desired “virtuosity of expression” as Porter. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, November 2015

A superb surround recording of contemporary wind band music.

…compositions are all interesting, and are a wonderful choice for a high quality Blu-ray audio presentation, especially since they were designed to be immersive in the concert hall. The effect is well-captured on this excellent recording. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Rad Bennett
RadsReferenceReviews, November 2015

Joel Puckett’s Shadow of Serius—Concerto for Flute with Winds and Percussion, places very effective echo flutes all around the listening area; and John Mackey’s Kingfishers Catch Fire adds brilliant trumpet fanfares in the rear to the finale. The playing of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin is all first rate and not only is the recording surround, it is also HD… © 2015 RadsReferenceReviews Read complete review





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