Dallas Wind Symphony
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.
On This Recording
- Richard Strauss: Festival Intrada
- Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon Primi Toni
- William Walton: Crown Imperial
- Henri Tomasi: Procession du Vendredi-Saint
- Percy Grainger: County Derry Air
- Richard Wagner: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral
- I. Nicht zu schnell
- II. Sehr langsam und ganz ruhig
- III. Fugue
- Michael Daugherty: Niagara Falls
Paul Hindemith: Kammermusik #7
“The DWS has made many recordings over the years for Reference, both under the baton of Junkin as well as Frederick Fennell. This may be one of the most spectacular due to its brilliant combination of brass, percussion, and one of the largest concert pipe organs. The venue is the already-acclaimed Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas with its Fisk Concert Organ. Audiophiles will have to have this one.” —John Sunier, Audiophile Audition
“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