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THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS WIND ENSEMBLE
JERRY JUNKIN, conductor

The UTWE has firmly established itslf as one of America's truly elite wind bands. The Wind Ensemble has been praised for its "exhilarating color," "truly profound music-making," and "remarkable virtuosity...Concert bands are the Rodney Dangerfields of the music world: they get no respect. But a new CD from Reference Recordings, "Bells for Stokowski," with Jerry Junkin leading the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, is a delight." - JAMES R. OESTREICH, N.Y. Times

NEW CLASSICS TODAY 10/10 REVIEW:
" The disc title (Bells for Stokowski) promises sonority, sonority, sonority. The 24-bit HDCD stereo recording begins with timpani, then more drums, then other percussion, then brass, all roaring and pounding out the start of a brilliant arrangement by Patrick Dunnigan of selections from Susato's The Danserye. The sound is just as real as it can be, utterly without strain or congestion, the contrabassoons buzzing, the horns barking, the trombones and trumpets crackling. I'm a fan for SACD surround, but this sounds cleaner, more natural, and even more spatially defined than at least 85 percent of the discs I've heard in the newer format.

Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble are first rate throughout.

If you are any kind of fan of concert band music, you must get this disc." [1/11/2006] --Joseph Stevenson - ClassicsToday.com - MORE

BELLS FOR STOKOWSKI
Nine delightful Renaissance dances by Tielman Susato start this program with a bang. The ever-popular English Folksong Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams in its original scoring continues the crowd-pleasing mood. Two important new works follow. David Del Tredici’s first composition for wind band, In Wartime, is based on the popular hymn “Abide With Me” and the Persian national anthem. Michael Daugherty is one of the most performed and commissioned American composers of his generation. Bells for Stokowski is a fantasy in which the composer imagines Leopold Stokowski in Philadelphia, hearing all the bells of the city resonate. It’s a sonic spectacular, captured to perfection by “Prof.” Johnson in his most dazzling HDCD sound.

Track listing: SUSATO: 1-La Morisque; 2-Bergerette; 3 -Les quartre Branles; 4-Fagot; 5 -Den hoboecken dans; 6-Ronde & Salterelle; 7-Ronde & Aliud; 8-Basse danse: Mon desir; 9-Pavane: La Battaille. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: English Folk Song Suite 10-March: Seventeen Come Sunday; 11-Intermezzo: My Bonny Boy; 12-March: Folk Songs from Somerset. DEL TREDICI: In Wartime 13-Hymn; 14-Battlemarch. DAUGHERTY: 15-Bells for Stokowski
RR-104 HDCD -- $16.98

 


DALLAS WIND SYMPHONY
In just a few years, The Dallas Wind Symphony has become "our nation's premiere permanent wind ensemble" (Fanfare). There's nothing quite like the sound of a large-scale wind and percussion ensemble at full force. You'll be blown away! Dallas Wind Symphony WebSite

Purchase a complete
Dallas Wind Symphony 15 CD Set for $192.00

RR-38,39,43,52,58,62,66,76,85, 94,108,112, 117, 126 and 127
Holiday Discount does not apply to these items.

 


Conducted by JERRY JUNKIN

Horns For The Holidays showcases a 12-track lineup including brilliant original arrangements of festive favorites. A treat for wind band enthusiasts, audiophiles, and all who love great holiday music! (NOTE: Clicking on this CD cover opens a window with more information.)
Jerry Junkin / Dallas Wind Symphony
RR-126 - $16.98

 


Percy Grainger's
LINCOLNSHIRE POSY
performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony

Showcases the wind band music of Percy Grainger, including favorites Lincolnshire Posy and Irish Tune from County Derry ("Danny Boy"). Australia considers Grainger its greatest composer; the U.S., where he lived most of his life, praises him as a music educator, composer and arranger of band music; and England considers him supremely important in the preservation and arrangement of British folk songs.

Grainger's gems are performed to perfection by America's only full-time professional wind band, conducted by Jerry Junkin. Grainger specified many unusual, optional, instruments, and this recording has them all. Hear these "original instrument" performances in the spectacular sonics captured by Reference Recordings' world-renowned team of engineer Keith Johnson and producer Tam Henderson.

"All of the pieces sparkle and captivate . . . Sonics are excellent, an audiophile gem." --John Sunier, Audiophile Audition -- complete review

Track Listing - The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare; Lincolnshire Posy; The Merry King; Children’s March; Colonial Song; Mock Morris; The Gum-Suckers March; Molly on the Shore; Spoon River; After-Word; Lads of Wamphray; Irish Tune from County Derry; Shepherd’s Hey.

RR-117 HDCD - Lincolnshire Posy - $16.98

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CROWN IMPERIAL
Dallas Wind Symphony

Mary Preston, organ

Festive Music for Organ, Winds, Brass & Percussion!
One of RR’s all-time bestsellers, and an audiophile touchstone, is Pomp & Pipes!, our first foray into the magnificent repertoire for organ and wind band. In the fourteen years since, we’ve had many requests for “more!”, and here it is, a program that’s at least as exhilarating.

This time, in addition to the renowned Dallas Wind Symphony and its music director Jerry Junkin, we have the services of Mary Preston, resident organist of the mighty Fisk concert instrument in the Meyerson Symphony Center. No one knows better than she the capabilities of the Fisk, and Mary Preston can make it sing and shout.

In addition to the royal coronation anthem CROWN IMPERIAL by William Walton, there are substantial pieces that are seldom heard in such full instrumentation. Richard Strauss contributes a stately FESTIVAL INTRADA; there’s a CANZON originally composed “in stereo” by Giovanni Gabrieli; a ceremonial brass FANFARE by Henri Tomasi; an unusual arrangement by Percy Grainger of the famous COUNTY DERRY AIR; ELSA’S PROCESSION TO THE CATHEDRAL from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, who knew how to bring an audience to its feet; KAMMERMUSIK #7, a full concerto for organ and winds by Paul Hindemith; and NIAGARA FALLS, a rousing, wild ride by popular American composer Michael Daugherty.

NEW REVIEWS -"Addictively warm and velvety is how this Keith Johnson recording sounds. It captures the sound of the hall in all its rich, creamy, clarified glory as well as that of the mighty, Herman W. Lay Family 1.36 million dollar, 4535 pipe C.B. Fisk Opus 100 organ. It’s a whopper and if your system goes low, you’ll hear and feel it!" -- Michael Fremer, The Tracking Angle - complete review

"From the shriek of piccolo to the thunder of the organ's awesome 32-foot pedal stops, this will give the best stereo system a workout... Hold on to your subwoofer and when organist Mary Preston cuts loose, don't be surprised if neighbors complain about their furniture sliding across the floor." --Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News - complete review

"Audiophiles will have to have this one." --John Sunier, Audiophile Audition - complete review

Track Listing - 1 Richard Strauss: Festival Intrada; 2 Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon Primi Toni; 3 William Walton: Crown Imperial; 4 Henri Tomasi: Procession du Vendredi-Saint; 5 Percy Grainger: County Derry Air; 6 Richard Wagner: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral; 7-9 Paul Hindemith: Kammermusik #7; 10 Michael Daugherty: Niagara Falls.

RR-112 HDCD - CROWN IMPERIAL - Dallas Wind Symphony - $16.98

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GARDEN OF DREAMS
Music by David Maslanka

Exciting new music for winds,brass,percussion & pipe organ!
David Maslanka is the most-performed living composer for wind band.His music is widely known for its accessibility,its brilliant and imaginative orchestration,and its depth of expression.Maslanka has spent his artistic life exploring what can be called the dreamscape of music.Music,in his words,forms the "balance point between the conscious and unconscious minds." His music fuels the active power of our waking life,and resonates in the deep pools of what he calls the "mystic, timeless part" of our being —"the part where dreams come from."

This new recording by America's premier wind band presents three Maslanka works in the finest professional performances they are likely to have. A Child's Garden of Dreams is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the sonorities and textures available from the modern concert wind band. In Memoriam, based on a Bach chorale,is an eloquent soundscape with an impressive range of musical color. Symphony #4, an imposing work incorporating the doxology hymn-tune "Old Hundredth," rises to a magnificent climax calling for full forces and pipe organ. As captured by "Prof." Johnson's thrilling HDCD© recording, this is sure to become a touchstone of state-of-the-art sound reproduction.

RR-108 track listing — A Child's Garden of Dreams (5 movements); In Memoriam; Symphony #4. Total Time 77:45.

RR-108 GARDEN OF DREAMS- $16.98

 

STRICTLY SOUSA
No marches are quite as inspired as those by America's beloved March Master. Jerry Junkin leads the renowned Dallas Wind Symphony through the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights of every windband! Recorded by "Prof." Johnson in the big, bold acoustics of the Meyerson Symphony Center, this collectionof Sousa favorites and rarities qualifies as Essential Americana.
RR-94 HDCD -- $16.98

 


conducted by FREDERICK FENNELL

 

MARCHES I'VE MISSED
Essential Americana! The Godfather of Wind Bands conducts 18 great "footlifters"
-- all new to the extensive Fennell discography, in sizzling performances by the DallasWind Symphony at its best!
RR-85 HDCD $16.98

REVIEWS

 

 

BEACHCOMBER
An album of favorite encores from the world's most beloved bandmaster. Recorded at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, this program of tuneful toe-tappers is a hi-fi hullabaloo for band! "A rush-right-out-and-buy-it item if there ever was one! --Fanfare
RR-62 HDCD $16.98

 

 

POMP & PIPES!
"The Absolute Sound Super Disc List"

A sonic spectacular featuring the giant Fisk pipe organ in the Meyerson Symphony Center. A heart-stopping sonic experience in powerful HDCD sound! "...The finest wind ensemble collection I've heard in years...The demonstration-class sound...has to be heard to be believed...A no-brainer on my Want List." --Fanfare
RR-58 HDCD $16.98

 

 

TRITTICO
"The Absolute Sound Super Disc List"
The dynamic title piece by Nelhybel, plus works by Giannini, Albéniz,Grieg and Dello Joio.
"Best Classical Album of 1993" (NAIRD Indie Award).
RR-52 HDCD $16.98

 

 

 

FENNELL FAVORITES
The power and heat of Fennell LIVE! Includes the world premiere recording of MacDowell's Woodland Sketches for band. "...Sustained high energy. There's not a slack moment...you'll cheer FENNELL FAVORITES!" --H&B Recordings Direct
RR-43 CD $16.98

 

HOLIDAYS & EPIPHANIES
Leonard Slatkin called Ron Nelson "the quintessential American composer." Nelson may be America's favorite living composer for wind ensemble, and this is the first album devoted entirely to his music. Includes the popular Rocky Point Holiday plus seven world premiere recordings, supervised by the composer. "This disk is a sonic blockbuster." --American Record Guide
RR-76 HDCD $16.98

 

 

ARNOLD FOR BAND
World premiere recordings of six brilliant works by Sir Malcolm Arnold.
"...The definitive Arnold CD...a surefire winner...an explosion of new colours, showing Arnold in his 'Sunday Best'."--Beckus, the Journal of The Malcolm Arnold Society
RR-66 HDCD $16.98

 

 


conducted by Howard Dunn

 

HOLST: Hammersmith and Suites
Original music for band by one of the greatest of English composers.
"Highly recommended." --Fanfare

RR-39 CD $16.98

 

 

FIESTA!
South-of-the-border music for band by Gould, Reed, Williams, Nixon and Perkins. "Exceptional in dynamic range, transient response, overall clarity, and--most of all--realistic differentiation of instrumental timbres."--Fanfare
RR-38 CD $16.98

 


     
 

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