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The Edge - Washington Symphonic Brass

Designer: Martin Hackleman


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The word "edge" brings to mind something sharp and clean, which indeed applies to the extraordinary playing on this CD. But, it's much more - it's about taking chances - riding dizzily on the edge of a precipice, on a ledge on the side of a mountain with a deep canyon below. With these four arrangements, gleaned from the original scores of the compact string quartet to the massive post-Romantic orchestra, arranger Phil Snedecor takes that chance and wins, making you wonder why those composers thought they needed those other instruments anyway. Tailor-made for the select group of musicians known as the Washington Symphonic brass, these arrangements take you on a wild and exciting ride, and by the time you reach the end of it, you are breathless and want to ride again.


1. "A Witches Sabbath" (from Symphonie Fantastique) 10:05 -- Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

2. Chamber Symphony (from String Quartet No. 8) 12:15 -- Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

3. Appalachian Spring 23:07 -- Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

4. The Rite of Spring - Part 1 15:24 -- Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)


Notable horn players on this album: Martin Hackleman, Teresa Bosch, Amy Horn, Chandra Cervantes


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