Comment and Concert Reviews
Recordings of Michael Colgrass
ARCTIC DREAMS for large wind ensemble.
Frank Battisti conducts the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble with members
of the New England Conservatory choruses under Tamara Brooks.
A tone poem about life in the Arctic, with musical depictions of ice floating in the sun, the aurora borealis, polar nights, Inuit throat-singing, the spring hunt and drum dancing.
CHACONNE for viola and orchestra
Soloist, Rivka Golani
A theme and 23 variations exploring the viola in a variety of concertante settings and traversing 300 years of musical styles.
CONCERTMASTERS for Three Violins and Orchestra
Soloists: Robert Rudie, red violin, Masako Yanagita, yellow violin, Ronald Oakland,
DEJA VU for percussion quartet and orchestra.
Soloists: Richard Holmes, Richard O'Donnell, John Kasica, Thomas Stubbs.
DÉJÀ VU for four percussionists and wind ensemble.
Eugene Corporan conducting the North Texas Wind symphony with percussion soloists Troy Breaux,
Shawn Hart, Jeff Prosperie and Edward Stephan.
Jacques Israelievitch, violin, Michael Israelievitch, marimba Fleur de son Classics,
LIGHT SPIRIT for flute, viola, guitar and two percussion players.
The Saint Louis Symphony Players, Catherine Comet, conductor.
A light and playful piece for flute, viola, guitar and two percussion, described by New York Times critic Harold C. Schonberg, as "bouncing along with evocations of jazz, the baroque and serialism, not taking any of them especially seriously. The result has a curious charm."
SNOW WALKER American Works for Organ and Orchestra
David Schrader organ
URBAN REQUIEM for four saxophones and wind orchestra.
Soloists: George Weremchuck, soprano sax, David Ferndandez, alto sax, Tom McCormick,
tenor sax, Stephen Welsh, baritone sax, The University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Gary
A large-scale work where soloists and accompanying ensemble (average-size
symphony orchestra without strings broken up into various "neighborhoods")
interact while expressing the diversity, humor and tragedy inherent in our cities.
Soloists: Brian Handley, soprano sax, Chris Thompson, alto sax, Robert Schrepel,
tenor sax, Jeffrey Fulton, baritone sax.
VARIATIONS FOR FOUR DRUMS AND VIOLA
Violist Rivka Golani and percussionist Ryan Scott.
Commissioned by violist Emanuel Vardi and premiered at the Five Spot Cafe in New York City by him with the composer playing four tunable "timp-toms," this work has become a repertory piece for violists.WINDS OF NAGUAL
Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Mallory Thompson, conductor.
Summit Records DCD-313.A tone poem based on the books of Carlos Castaneda about his experiences with the Yaqui Indian sorcerer don Juan.
WINDS OF NAGUAL A Musical Fable for Wind Ensemble
The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, Eugene
Corporon, conductor. Music also of Diamond, Hartley, Murray and Nelson.
A tone poem for wind ensemble based on the books by Carlos Castaneda about his experiences with the Yaqui Indian sorcerer Don Juan.
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