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Grand Sousa Concert

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Nonpareil Wind Band ~ Grand Sousa Concert

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 18, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000002SJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Bennignus on January 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'll come right out and say it. I love John Philip Sousa. I find his work addictive, joyous, and often very surprising. This is an album that explains why - it's perfectly arranged and performed, and the selections included could not be any better.

First of all, it's important for folks new to Sousa to understand that no, sir - he didn't compose only marches. Rather a shame that nowadays those are almost exclusively what he's legendary for - they are gems, indeed, but there's far more to the man than what we so often hear in high school bands, hometown parades and national events. Sousa could charm us with playful foxtrots, delight us with unique tangos, caress the ears with heavenly waltzes, and humor us with whimsical cakewalks. Thank goodness this album proves this truth.

Appropriately, the Great American Main Street Band plays each piece with strength, elan and respect - it doesn't get any better. The finest selections include "The Pathfinder of Panama" - a truly rousing march; "The Gliding Girl" - a tango, dedicated to his daughter, Priscilla); "The Presidential Polonaise" - a most noble dance; "La Reine de la Mer" - one of my favorite waltzes, so lovely; and "With Pleasure" - a cakewalk in the most deleriously fanciful fashion. Of course, each piece amongst these stong points is just wonderful, as well.

In all, this is just a flat out great album. Required listening for newly-minted Sousa fans, as well as members of the Old Guard - that would include me. It's a joy to hear, and will become a frequent resident in your CD shuffler - I guarantee that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on June 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) was one of America's best known composers. And he composed a wide variety of works, mostly for wind band. As a wind band member, I've played many of his marches.

You won't have any difficulty finding albums of Sousa's marches. But what about the rest of his works? This fine album includes a few and the Nonpareil Wind Band, under the direction of Timothy Foley, does an excellent job of playing them.

If I had to choose just eight of Sousa's pieces in order to introduce an audience to Sousa, here is what I would select:

El Capitan
Sound Off
With Pleasure
The Crusader
The Free Lance
The Gladiator
Semper Fidelis
The Fairest of the Fair

As you can see, half of these eight pieces are on this disc. You'll have to look elsewhere to find the others.

I highly recommend this excellent album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Whitlock on January 26, 2013
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Let me say that this is one of the better Sousa recordings. The liner notes make the point that Sousa's published scores didn't include many subtle nuances that his band(s) played in performance. For this recording, the memories of old time Sousa band members and markings in the performance scores were utilized to recapture this music as played under Sousa's own direction. My ear is far too tinny to hear the difference, but those with more subtle auditory apparatus may notice the differences between these performances and those by other groups.

This recording has been issued both under both the name of the performing group given here "Great American Main Street Band" and under the name "Nonpareil Wind Band". I have no idea why this happened; perhaps someone else already had a group called Nonpareil and objected? But if you already have the "Nonpareil" disk, you already have this.

The recordings were made in Rye, New York, in 2000. I suspect we're hearing a lot of players from the New York Philharmonic in it. With all respect to various British recordings of this music, it demands American performers to get the right snap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rollin L. on August 9, 2013
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Classic recordings that bring out the great subtleties that marked original Sousa band performances. Listen to a traditional arrangement of Stars and Stripes Forever and then play this one right after. The difference will astonish you. Best Sousa on record!
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