Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Sound the Bells!
Just arrived in my office and have decided to usher in the morning with some brass fanfares. Sound the Bells! American Premieres for Brass is a recent album from the end of 2011 featuring the Bay Brass, a San Francisco-based ensemble, in a performance of several first recordings of American composers including John Williams, Michael Tilson Thomas, Morten Lauridsen, Bruce Broughton, Kevin Puts, and Scott Hiltzik. I don't normally run out and buy CDs or LPs of brass music, but something about this album -- whether it be the American repertoire, the generally wonderful sound quality of Harmonia Mundi recordings, or maybe just that I don't really own a CD of brass music -- motivated me to pick this one up. Now while I can't say that I listen to this disc all the time, there's an occasion for everything. I'm a morning person, and I happen to find the glorious sound of brass instruments a nice celebratory way to get my work day going. I particularly like the John Williams compositions, which have a similar flavor to his Olympic Fanfare.