JOHN MACKEY (b.1973): Sasparilla, MICHAEL DAUGHERTY (b.1954): Rio Grande, PAUL DOOLEY (b.1983): Masks and Machines, JUN NAGAO (b.1964): The Earth from The Planets for Trouvère, ADAM SCHOENBERG (b.1980): American Symphony (transcr. Donald Patterson), JOHN CORIGLIANO (b.1938): Elegy, JINDRICH FELD (1927-2007): Divertimento.
Catalogue Number: 06S089
Description: Another fine sampling of the abundant riches of the wind orchestra repertory. Like the majority of works for these ensembles, the pieces are bold, colorful and very tonal. The pieces here are mostly upbeat and optimistic in mood, from Schoenberg's celebration of America to Daugherty's dynamic, extrovert landscape painting. The Mackey, Dooley and Feld are lively and diverting, breezy and fun, the Mackey with a delightful sense of slapstick comedy. Nagao's piece is a spin-off of his transcription of Holst's Planets, a high-energy pastiche of Holst's themes that has no trouble reaching escape velocity (see what I did there?). Schoenberg's Symphony (which we had in its original orchestral version in February; this is an expertly realised transcription) is in five movements; a breezy, energetic opening fanfare; a chromatic slow movement; a lively, propulsive ostinato-driven 'scherzo'; another slow movement, prayerful and consoling; and an optimistic finale. Only Corigliano's powerfully neo-romantic Elegy, derived from his incidental music for a play about Helen of Troy, strikes a more serious note, tinged with tragic drama. North Texas Wind Symphony; Eugene Migliaro Corporon.