The Edge - Washington Symphonic Brass
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