Album Title: DOWNTOWN DIVERTIMENTO
Recording: Various Wind Orchestras
Conductor: Various Conductors
Trombone Soloists: Joseph Alessi & Hirulo Gamo
Publisher: AMSTEL CLASSICS CD2015-01
Downtown Divertimento is another collection of high quality compositions and arrangements by Johan de Meij. The title work harkens to de Meij’s Symphony No. 2 “The Big Apple”. Downtown Divertimento is an eleven minute triptych of the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. The other two original compositions are Ceremonial Fanfare for Brass & Percussion and Summer which draws its inspiration from Finnish folk music. Trombone artistry is on display when Joseph Alessi performs Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess and is joined by Hiroku Gamo for Verdi’s Duo from Don Carlo. Three movements from Carl Nielsen”s Aladdin Suite add some evocative sounds to this program. The remaining two works will get your feet tapping : Joropo is a lively Venezuelan dance by Moises Moleiro Sanchez and Highlights from Riverdance (Bill Whelan) is for the Irish in all of us. Highly recommended!
Album Title: CANADIAN PANORAMA
Recording: Winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra:
Conductor: Ronald Royer
Publisher: Cambria CD-1227
An orchestral winds program is a little something different for your band/wind ensemble palate. Canadian Panorama begins with the sparkling Fundy: A Poem of Wind and Waves (Chris Meyer). Saturday Night at Fort Chambly (Alex Eddington) is a collage of French-Canadian folksongs while Allemande (John S. Gray) gets its inspiration from the neo-classical composers of the 1930’s. Whirligig (Alexander Rapoport) and Serenade for Clarinet and Winds (Jim McGrath) are an absolute delight and no Canadian program is complete without hearing from the legendary Howard Cable; McIntyre Ranch Country is his tribute to the Canadian West. Conductor Ronald Royer is also the composer of Travels With Mozart: Variations on a Theme from the Magic Flute and Rhapsody for Oboe, Horn and Wind Ensemble; a most engaging pair of works. I can’t say enough about this excellent recording.