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CHAN 10140 - Center City Brass Quintet: Romantic Music for Brass
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Available From: 12 January 2004
Mendelssohn, one of the founding fathers of Romanticism, composed his String Quartet, Op. 12 in 1829, at the height of his compositional powers. The work is an attempt at advancing the string quartet beyond Beethoven’s great last quartets. This recording presents the work as interpreted for brass by the noted American horn player and teacher,Verne Reynolds, who arranged the work for the Eastman Brass Quintet, the ensemble he founded.

Russian composers as different as Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky were inspired by German Romantics such as Schumann, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. The lyrical side of Schumann’s chamber music is the model for Viktor Ewald’s Quintet No. 3 in D flat major. Schumann’s preference for instruments of lower pitch is reflected in this quintet’s mellow sonorities, which make much of the trombone and tuba and for the most part keep even the trumpets in their golden middle register.

Though composed in the first decade of the twentieth century, Oskar Böhme’s Sextet in E flat minor is rooted in the early Romantics and Russian folklore. Its first movement, with its chorale introduction and mixture of piquant staccato and melodious legato themes, is reminiscent of Mendelssohn. The second movement is a scherzo in all but name, using quirky syncopations in the Russian-style main theme and rapid dialogue for tuba and trumpets in the slower middle section.
Reviews

Center City Brass prove yet again they are one of the leading exponents of brass chamber music. Their sensual playing has warmth, passion and style, with outstanding contributions form the trumpet. The recording acoustic suits the brass sound…. Another quality product from Chandos.
Brass Review

'Sparkling runs, impeccable chording, sensitive nuancing between foreground and background, sweet phrasing, a faultless balance in an ideal acoustic - this is becoming dangerously enthusiastic' This is the real McCoy - naughty but very, very nice.'
International Record Review

'They [Centre City Brass Quintet] possess a nice sense of legato line, and play with sensitivity and restraint (not to be confused with caution)' The 5.1 channel mastering is one of Chandos' most successful uses of surround sound so far.'
Fanfare

'Center City Brass prove yet again they are one of the leading exponents of brass chamber music. Their sensual playing has warmth, passion and style, with outstanding contributions form the trumpet. The recording acoustic suits the brass sound…. Another quality product from Chandos.'
Brass Review

'Count on Center City to deliver first-rate readings of whatever literature it plays.'
American Record Guide

Sparkling runs, impeccable chording, sensitive nuancing between foreground and background, sweet phrasing, a faultless balance in an ideal acoustic - this is becoming dangerously enthusiastic' This is the real McCoy - naughty but very, very nice.
International Record Review

Count on Center City to deliver first-rate readings of whatever literature it plays.
American Record Review

 

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