sevenfive: The John Corigliano Effect
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Label: Cedille Records
Cat No: CDR90000169
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 10th February 2017
Fanfares to Music
The Record of a Lost Tribe
“The excellent Gaudete Brass” (Gramophone) honors Corigliano, winner of Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Pulitzer Prize, with world-premiere recordings of his groundbreaking Fanfares to Music for on- and off-stage brass choirs, his stately Antiphon for double brass quintet, and a new arrangement of the Rossini-esque Overture from his popular Gazebo Dances.
Gaudete commissioned the title track, Steven Bryant’s sevenfive, in honor of Corigliano’s 75th birthday, and the numbers seven and five figure prominently in its musical architecture. David Sampson’s boisterous Entrance opens the programme, while his surprisingly restrained Still is luxuriously lyrical. Jonathan Newman’s Prayers of Steel evokes the Midwest landscapes in Carl Sandburg’s poetry. Jeremy Howard Beck’s ROAR exploits the brasses’ ability to do just that. Conrad Winslow’s The Record of a Lost Tribe summons an imaginary, bygone civilization. All except Entrance receive their world-premiere recordings on the album
The Chicago-based quintet made its Cedille Records debut with the critically acclaimed Chicago Moves (2012). Gramophone praised the quintet’s “gleaming virtuosity”, Time Out Chicago its “sumptuous and lucid” delivery. England’s Hi-Fi News and Record Review found the album “stimulating and very engaging”, while ClassicsToday.com called it “a really smart, enjoyable release”. A review in the Journal of the Society of American Music proclaimed, “Gaudete Brass’s presentation of challenging contemporary music demonstrates their technical mastery and ensemble blend and establishes them as a group of chamber musicians to keep an eye (and ear) on.”
Gaudete Brass has performed at New York’s Merkin Hall and Symphony Space and Chicago’s Millennium Park, and given concerts and presentations at the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, and Vanderbilt University.
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