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Ira Hearshen is one of America's
most popular and successful
orchestrators and arrangers. He has
written for many Hollywood films,
such as Toy Story and The Scorpion
King. He has also written for the
concert stage, especially wind band,
notably his Pulitzer Prize-nominated
Symphony on Themes of John Philip
Sousa, which is adventurously
constructed, richly melodic and
colorfully scored. His unique takes
on Strike Up The Band and There's
No Business Like Show Business
provide moments of rich humor
whilst the Divertimento for Band
mines the American jazz vernacular
with true rhythmic verve.

Product Details

  • Conductor: Graham
  • Composer: Hearshen
  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00BGB3YOQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I should start by saying that the five stars belong to the wind orchestras involved and the excellent quality of the recordings. That these come from 1989, 1994 and 2000 is really not an issue. They are superb.
Regarding the music, I have just some misgivings. First, Mr Hearshen is a superb arranger, there is no doubt. There is color, skill, variety and lots of humor. I just think that to embark on a Symphony is quite a major enterprise and on this, well, I was a bit inpatient, which denotes to me a lack of cohesive structure that can engage my listening. And it goes for 45 minutes, which means is more than half the disc. I should note however, that in all his skillful manner, Mr Hearshen pays tribute to some favorites here, and THAT caught my attention! At the end of the first movement Peter Grimes creeps in, and at the end of the second movement Mahler's 3rd Symphony Finale does as well. Which proves that Mr Hearshen's considerable talents lies more in how imaginative his arrangements are.
Because of that and the clarity of the recordings I stick to 5 stars as a recognition of a fun time listening to this CD.
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Upon hearing this recording, I have had people react by saying it gave them an appreciation for wind-band music. That is high praise indeed. Ira Hearshen's compositional and arranging skills played a big part in producing that result.
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