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Superb recording of Bach for brass and organ. Gloria!!!
on April 26, 2014
This is an astonishing disc, and the performances here are exquisite. The Empire Brass is a superb ensemble, and I have never been disappointed with their albums. Doug Major is Associate Organist at the Washington Cathedral and has collaborated with the Empire Brass on other albums. They perform together seamlessly.
The music chosen for the album are mostly transcription and represent some of Bach's finest music. Some pieces such as "Sleepers, Wake," "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and "Sheep May Safely Graze" will be more familiar, but all are equally beautiful. The Sinfonia on Track 8 spotlights the organ with Empire Brass providing color. The disc concludes with a glorious account of "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" albeit not with the melody of the familiar hymn the predominant musical element.
The organ and brass are recorded vividly. The entire program is a work of stellar beauty. There is no small ensemble that is more inspiring than brass and organ. Few recordings of such are likely to give more pleasure to musician and non-musician alike than this album. Very highly recommended!