Crown Imperial Festive Music For Organ, Winds, Brass & Percussion HDCD
Seldom heard, powerful works for organ, winds, brass and percussion - from classics to an over-the-top piece by hot American composer Michael Daugherty!
Crown Imperial is a follow-up to one of Reference Recordings' all-time best-sellers, Pomp & Pipes.
America's premier professional, full-time wind band is conducted by Jerry Junkin, the world's best-known band specialist. The symphonic Fisk pipe organ in the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, is played by its resident virtuoso, Mary Preston. Knock'em dead HDCD sonics by Prof. Keith Johnson will thrill audiophiles of all persuasions, especially those with big subwoofers!
The Dallas Wind Symphony has established itself as the frontrunner in the renaissance of the great American wind band. Founded in 1985, the ensemble became fully professional with the naming of Jerry Junkin as Artistic Director in 1990.
"The finest wind ensemble collection I've heard in years... The demonstration-class sound... has to be heard to be believed... A no-brainer on my Want List." - Fanfare
"Stunning recording, both literally and figuratively. Get this!" - In Tune
"This may be the most mercilessly demanding recording of large instrumental forces that I know, with bass transients and dynamics so far beyond the current state-of-the-art in speakers and electronics that I suspect designers will still be catching up to it twenty years from now." - The Absolute Sound
"I am still tingling from that mighty avalanche of sound... Certainly this record is a technical triumph, as it is clearly intended to be, but the really exciting news is that is a musical triumph as well." - Ultra High Fidelity
Dallas Wind Symphony
Jerry Junkin, conductor
Mary Preston, organ
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
1. Festival Intrada
Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612)
2. Canzon Primi Toni
William Walton (1902-1983)
3. Crown Imperial
Henri Tomasi (1901-1971)
4. Good Friday Procession
Percy Grainger (1882-1961)
5. County Derry Air
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
6. Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral - from Lohengrin
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
7.-9. Kammermusik No. 7
Michael Daugherty (b1954)
10. Niagara Falls