Fanfare‘s Mark Novak gives the University of Texas Wind Ensemble’s Migration recording a Five Star Review and places it in the “Not To Be Missed” section!
“This is an outstanding compilation of music for wind ensemble by four living American composers. The first accolade goes to Reference Recordings and their superbly excellent recording which can be heard even with standard CD resolution. The dynamic range is wide, the impression of being present in the hall during the performances is vivid, and the low end foundation will shake you (when called for in the scores). This is yet another masterful recording from Keith O. Johnson. The second accolade goes to Artistic Director Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, who perform all of this music expertly with evident enthusiasm. The final accolade goes to the composers represented here. The music is exciting and powerful by turns. …
The composer makes effective use of the entire ensemble, including the various percussion instruments, and creates a Coplandesque canvas that is noble in character and exciting to hear. In sum, it makes for a grand listening experience. … It is evident though that these musicians, the soloist, and their director are in full command of [John Corigliano’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra]… This is a release that is worthy of your attention, most especially for Schoenberg’s Symphony No. 2. It’s a sonic spectacular to boot.”—Mark Novak, Fanfare
See the full review on Fanfare!