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October Launch

 NSWO RELEASE NEW CD     

 'October'
NSWO, conducted by Keiron Anderson       

Click to hear recording of title track 'October' by Eric
Whitacre, performed by NSWO

(Photo:  Dave Oldershaw) 

Nottingham’s unique award-winning group, the Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra (NSWO) have released a brand new CD, ‘October’.  Their first under musical director Keiron Anderson, the recording showcases the range of music the orchestra perform, and has been well received by the musical press.

Praise for 'October':

"...full of character and vitality...an uncanny feeling for atmosphere"  Peter Palmer, Nottingham Evening Post

"...panache and professionalism...highly recommended."  Ken Morris, Winds Magazine

This latest recording marks a major milestone for the orchestra.  Music director Keiron Anderson has been with the group for five years, and under his direction the group have worked hard to raise their level of performance still higher.  From the outset, he was clear that only a recording of the highest quality would be good enough, and for that reason the recording was a long time in preparation.  The results are worth the wait, and the players are rightly proud of their achievement.   The CD includes original repertoire such as ‘Paris Sketches’ by Martin Ellerby and title track ‘October’ by Eric Whitacre, as well as a selection of lighter, well-known material.

 

October CD cover

CDs are £10.00

Buy online or order from Windblowers 0115 941 0543

Ernest Tomlinson, Suite of English Folk Dances; Eric Whitacre, October; Percy Grainger, Molly on the Shore; Morten Lauridsen, arr. H. Robert Reynolds, O Magnum Mysterium; Holst, First Suite in Eb; Martin Ellerby, Paris Sketches; Schonberg, arr. Warren Barker, selections from Les Miserables.


Full Reviews

"A sounding touchstone of just how accomplished this band has become under Keiron Anderson. From Ernest Tomlinson's English Folk Dances to Martin Ellerby's Paris Sketches, the music is full of character and vitality. In their different ways, Eric Whitacre's title piece and Les Misérables extracts illustrate the uncanny feeling for atmosphere."

**** (four stars)

Peter Palmer - Nottingham Evening Post


"Ernest Tomlinson, Suite of English Folk Dances; Eric Whitacre, October; Percy Grainger, Molly on the Shore; Morten Lauridsen, arr. H. Robert Reynolds, O Magnum Mysterium; Holst, First Suite in Eb; Martin Ellerby, Paris Sketches; Schonberg, arr. Warren Barker, selections from Les Miserables.

It would be extremely difficult to find a programme better able to demonstrate the composer/arrangers, performers and musical direction than the one contained on this disc. Just consider the composers’ birth dates: from Holst (1847) the ‘cornerstone composer’ for wind band through to Grainger (1882), Tomlinson (1924), Lauridsen (1943), (Schonberg (1944), Ellerby (1957) to the modern but very accessible Whitacre (1970). Symphonic wind bands can generate an enormous range of interesting voicings and sonorities; this record has many of them, all delivered with panache and professionalism. The dynamics are clear, the tutti has precision, the soloists are superb, the intonation is excellent and the internal balance just fine.   

Whilst I enjoyed the entire disc I felt there were three absolutely glorious ‘high-light’ tracks. Whitacre’s tone poem October, written in 2000 for a US High School Band consortium, contains some magnificent harmonies. It evokes the composer’s attitude to his favourite month. It is also the subject of quite remarkable in-depth musicological analysis on Wikipedia (look under October (Whitacre)). Any decent rendition of Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium cannot fail to stir the soul and Keiron Anderson’s direction of the NSWO is no exception; a truly sublime piece. Martin Ellerby’s Paris Sketches from 1944 is, I am advised, his most popular work. I’m not surprised, it’s chock full of interesting elements. All four movements triggered appropriate mental images of the great city and were crisply performed. How lucky we are to have active composers who truly understand concert band possibilities.

All 68 minutes of this disc make good listening. Nottingham, and the music business Windblowers, who sponsor the NSWO, can be ‘right proud’ of their wind ensemble. Highly recommended."

Ken Morris - Winds Magazine


October CD is now available to buy online