Festmusik: A Legacy

 
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STRAUSS / SCHUMANN / BRAHMS MENDELSSOHN etc
Festmusik: A Legacy
Onyx Brass, John Wilson (conductor)

[ Chandos / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 4 June 2021

Described as 'easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain' by BBC Music Magazine, Onyx Brass continues to be the leading light in establishing the brass quintet as a medium for serious chamber music, presenting it in the entertaining and articulate style that has become the group's trademark. For this, its third recording for Chandos, Onyx Brass presents a programme steeped in the German romantic tradition. Arrangements for small ensemble of works by Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rubinstein, and Franz demonstrate the musicality and virtuosity of the group, as well as a wide expressive and textural range. The programme opens and closes with three large-scale works by Richard Strauss, in which the quintet is joined by a host of other top UK brass players and the conductor John Wilson. Festmusik der Stadt Wien for brass and timpani, written for the city of Vienna, is the only original composition: all the others are arrangements made by members of the group. Captured in Surround Sound and available as a hybrid SACD, this is a must have album for brass music enthusiasts and fans of chamber music alike.

Tracks:

RICHARD STRAUSS
Festmusik der Stadt Wien, TrV 286 (1942-43) *

ROBERT SCHUMANN
Impromptus über ein Thema von Clara Wieck, Op.5 (1833)

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Ich schwing' mein Horn ins Jammertal, Op.41 No.1 (1861-62)

FELIX MENDELSSOHN
Die Frauen und die Sänger (1845)

ANTON RUBINSTEIN
Nocturne, Op.71 No.1 (1867)

ROBERT FRANZ
Frühlingsblick, Op.52 No.6 (1884)

RICHARD STRAUSS
Swei Gesänge, Op.34, TrV 182 (1897) *

Conductor: John Wilson *