WALTER S. HARTLEY (1927-2016): Sinfonia No. 4, JACK STAMP (b.1954): Kat a Teen, BRIAN HOGG (b.1953): In Stillness, THOMAS STONE (b.1957): Shadows of Eternity, DAVID DZUBAY (b.1964): Incantation, STEVEN BRYANT (b.1972): Ecstatic Fanfare, JUN NAGAO (b.1964): The Earth, ALFRED REED (1921-2005): El Camino Real, GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937): 3 Preludes (arr. Nicholas Williams), DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975): Prelude in E Flat Minor, Op. 34/14 (trans. H. Robert Reynolds).
Catalogue Number: 12T045
Description: A typical program of the kind of expertly crafted, tonal wind ensemble music that has become a staple of the repertory. The prolific Walter Hartley was a friend of Percy Grainger, who would probably have approved of the breezy, open-air character and expertly colorful orchestration of his Sinfonia (though presumably not of its being cast in traditional symphonic form, albeit a pocket-sized version thereof). Dzubay's Incantation begins in the formless sonorities of some ancient mysterious ritual and resolves into a calm, consonant musical apparition. Reed's El Camino Real celebrates early Spanish immigrant culture, using traditional Spanish dances and characteristic harmonies in a lively and picturesque scherzo-and-trio-like structure. The Stone is a boldly affirmative work in the Maslanka mold, common in the wind orchestra repertory, and Nagao's piece is a spin-off of his transcription of Holst's Planets, a high-energy pastiche of Holst's themes. The balance of the disc is made up of short occasional pieces and colorful transcriptions of well-known piano works. UTEP Wind Symphony; Bradley Genevro.