Baroque Music for Brass and Organ

Baroque Music for Brass and Organ

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There are many brass quintet recordings, to be sure, and many of those focus on Baroque music and include an organ. But the Empire Brass Quintet and organist William Kuhlman should be able to shrug off any market glut with this splendidly executed collection of Baroque favorites. Though these performances don't stand out sharply from other similar discs, they're smooth and expressive and can hold their own with the productions of better-known ensembles. The arrangements are all done by trumpeter and group leader Rolf Smedvig, lending a consistency to the album that will endear it to casual listeners in search of some ideal classical party music. Audiophiles, too, have reason to seek out the disc, either in its regular version or in a special SACD release (not reviewed) that will no doubt shake your house down to the foundations. The brass-and-organ genre has always been a favorite of the thousand-dollar-speaker crowd, and this release additionally gives Telarc's crack engineering team ample opportunity to show off its chops. The liner notes don't indicate how the recording came to be made at Decorah, Iowa's Luther College, but whoever selected that resonant location is due some special praise. A thoroughly enjoyable release for newcomers to classical music, brass enthusiasts, and audiophiles alike.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408061424
catalogNumber: 80614
Rank: 10155


  1. Abdelazer, or, the Moor's Revenge, incidental music, Z. 570: Rondeau

    1. Rondeau  (02:17)
  2. Fantasia for organ in C major, BWV 570 (BC J49)  (02:43)
  3. Trio for oboe, violin & continuo in B flat major (Six Trios No. 1), TWV 42:B1

    1. Allegro  (02:24)
    2. Sicilienne  (02:20)
    3. Allegro  (02:11)
  4. Violin Sonata in F, Op.1/12, HWV 370 (doubtful)

    1. Adagio  (02:44)
    2. Allegro  (02:01)
    3. Largo  (03:13)
    4. Allegro  (01:41)
  5. Idomeneo Rè di Creta, opera: Rigaudon

    1. Rigaudon  (02:43)
  6. Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue), for keyboard (or other instruments), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus I

    1. Contrapunctus I  (04:22)
  7. Oboe Concerto in B flat major (No.2a), HWV 301 (possibly spurious): Allegro

    1. Allegro  (01:44)
  8. Fantasia, for organ in D minor (Dorian; I), T. 252  (02:34)
  9. King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628: Overture and Allegro

    1. Overture and Allegro  (02:54)
  10. The Married Beau, or, the Curious Impertinent, incidental music, Z. 603: March

    1. March  (01:36)
  11. Work(s): Fantaisie (Allegro)

    1. Fantaisie (Allegro)  (03:59)
  12. The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) for brass, winds & percussion (or keyboard or trumpet & organ) in D major  (02:57)
  13. The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary in D major) for brass, winds, & percussion (or keyboard or trumpet & organ)  (01:21)
  14. Prélude pour le Te Deum à 8, for strings, H. 145a  (02:31)
  15. Cantata No. 80, "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott," BWV 80 (BC A183): Opening Movement

    1. Opening Movement  (06:09)

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