I’ve recently begun to have a regular schedule again, and I’m hoping to write here for 30mins a day. We’ll see how it goes.
Here’s the review I wrote for Naxos of Proclamations.
Proclamations, the new disc from the USAF Heritage of America Band, out on Klavier (via Naxos) is a great repetoire cd for wind ensemble enthusiasts. The Highlight of the disk is “To Tame the Perilous Skies” by a fairly wide margin. This gem by David Holsinger benefits greatly from the clean tones and precise articulations military bands are known for.
The rest of the disk is an informed romp through the triumphal band repetoire, devoid of the swagger and aggression I prefer in Wind Ensemble music. In some ways the crispness f the ensemble detracts from the emotional impact.
Overall, this disc is a valuable resource recording for ensemble directors.