SAN FRANCISCO - An outstanding new release from America’s premier professional wind band! The Dallas Wind Symphony has a worldwide legion of followers and this is their first recording of holiday music.
Horns for the Holidays showcases an exciting 12-track lineup including brilliant original arrangements of festive favorites with many first recordings. This sonic spectacular also features the huge Fisk pipe organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, and is faithfully captured by Reference Recordings’ world-renowned team of engineer Keith Johnson and producer Tam Henderson. A treat for wind band enthusiasts, audiophiles, and all who love great holiday music!
And the liner notes are informative and a real hoot, as they might say in Texas!
"Americans revel in the Currier and Ives images of Christmas: the sleigh rides, the snowmen, and all the joy that comes with twinkling lights, cold weather, warm fires, hot cocoa, and sharing a feast with your loving family.
Christmas isn't like that in Texas.
Here the temperature often hits 60 degrees on December 25, making it warm enough to play football on the front lawn before you tuck into that turkey dinner. Santa arrives on a motorcycle."
Join in the celebration of this marvelous new holiday classic!
CONDUCTOR JERY JUNKIN is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony, as well as Director of Bands at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also holds the title of University Distinguished Teaching Professor.
America's premier professional wind band, The Dallas Wind Symphony was founded in 1985 and has made over 15 recordings. Consisting of woodwinds, brass and percussion, they perform and record in the I. M. Pei-designed Meyerson Symphony Center.
Founded in San Francisco in 1976, Reference Recordings believes that how a recording sounds is as important as the music itself. RR thanks everyone who was instrumental in bringing this outstanding album to life, especially Engineer: "Prof." Keith O. Johnson (Grammy award-winning engineer, inventor and entertainment technologist).
"If you are a lover of Christmas music—carols, popular songs, and all manner of medleys and clever arrangements of such—and you miss this extraordinary recording by the first-rate Dallas Wind Symphony, then your holiday listening stands to be just a bit more dull, less festive, and more ordinary than it could have been." —David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
"To my ears, this is one of RR's best-sounding albums... I enjoyed the Dallas Wind Symphony's take on these holiday compositions enough that, when the disc was over, I would gladly listen again. I can't offer higher praise than that." —John Crossett, The Audio Beat
"Balances are incredibly good, from the high piccolo down to the lowest organ pedal (yes, there's organ on three of the tracks). The sound is warm and rich, yet every detail can be heard."—Rad Bennett, SoundStageXperience
"The sound is spectacular. Brasses are richly characterized and when organ is added for low-end foundation, the sense of a large space being acoustically energized is uncanny." — Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound
Sound Sample: Lovrien: Minor Alterations (Mp3)
Sound Sample: Anderson: Sleigh Ride (Mp3)
Sound Sample: Anderson: A Christmas Festival (Mp3)
Track Listing:1 Wasson: Festival Fanfare; 2 Anderson: Sleigh Ride; 3 Bach-Reed: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; 4 Lovrien: Minor Alterations; 5 Kent-Shaw: I'll Be Home For Christmas; 6 Tormé–Wells-Biondi: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting); 7 Martin-Mills: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; 8 Anderson: A Christmas Festival; 9 Trad-Silvester: Deck The Halls; 10 Pierpont-Wasson: Jingle Bells Fantasy; 11 Trad-Reed: Russian Christmas Music; 12 Sousa-Brion-Schissel-Giroux: Christmas And Sousa Forever
RR-126HDCD - Horns for the Holidays