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Concerto for Brass & Orchestra

Donald Erb , Leonard Slatkin , Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Composer: Donald Erb
  • Audio CD (December 8, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New World Records
  • ASIN: B0000030H6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto For Brass And Orchestra (I)
2. Concerto For Brass And Orchestra (II)
3. Concerto For Brass And Orchestra (III)
4. Concerto For Violoncello And Orchestra (I)
5. Concerto For Violoncello And Orchestra (II)
6. Concerto For Violoncello And Orchestra (III)
7. Ritual Observances: Lacrymosa
8. Ritual Observances: Genesis Thunder
9. Ritual Observances: My Father's Ghost Is Climbing The Rain
10. Ritual Observances: Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines

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5.0 out of 5 stars A compositional voice that deserves not to be forgotten December 2, 2013
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I've greatly enjoyed this disc of works of Donald Erb (January 17, 1927 - 12 August 2008).

Concerto for Brass was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and premiered on April 16, 1987 under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, one of the composer's main champions. It is tailored for the orchestra's legendary brass section. The Cello Concerto was commissioned by Lynn Harrell who plays it here, and premiered by him on November 4, 1976 with the Rochester Philharmonic conducted by David Zinman.

The liner notes start with the statement "Donald Erb's music explodes with energy". No kidding, it does. Both works are hugely dramatic, violent and violently pounding at times, demanding but, I find, quite accessible in their dramatic impact and with overtones that sound almost romantic at times. Both are short and compact (respectively 19 and 18 minutes) and make you long for more rather than for less. The Brass Concerto has moments of great sonic delicacy in the "slow" movement (both works are couched in the traditional three, and in both they follow without break), but also many moments of the same pounding violence, from which barely emerge, surrounded by the halo of pounding violence, the lutheran chorale "All Men Must Die". The Concerto is dedicated to the memory of John S. Edwards, the longtime general manager of the CSO.

The Cello Concerto is a supervirtuoso piece in which the celllist isn't just called to use all kinds of extended techniques but is also asked to hum and sing. Again it is a piece of great sonic invention (and delicacy in the middle movement), Erb blends all the sonic effects he uses to a constantly attention-grabbing whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! August 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Highly recommend! Mr Harrell gives a stunning performance. Ritual Observances is a must hear...
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