•‘Fanfares and Overtures’ aptly conveys the spirit of this wide-ranging album which marks the début on Naxos’s popular Wind Band Classics range of the Rutgers Wind Ensemble.
•Hailed by one critic as “the Rolls Royce of wind ensembles”, it here presents music whose haunting moods, contrasting compositional styles and sophisticated characters call forth both the ‘sweet, sighing sonorities’ and ‘impressive unanimity and sheer technique’ for which the Ensemble is renowned.
H. Owen REED (b. 1910), arr. William Berz: Overture-1940; Karel HUSA (b. 1921): Smetana Fanfare; Vaclav NELHYBEL (1919-1996): Fanfares from the Opera Libuse; H. Owen REED: Fanfare for Remembrance*; Karel HUSA: Music for Prague 1968: I. Introduction and Fanfare; II. Aria; III. Interlude; IV. Toccata and Chorale; H. Owen REED: Renascence; William SCHUMAN (1910-1992): George Washington Bridge
Nicholas Farco (narrator)* Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz