I apologise if this appears to be a poorly disguised advert, it is not intended to be. I've just received a preview copy of the first ever CD made by the brass section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Holland. For those of you that don't know, the RCO is one of the top orchestras in the world and attracts some of the world's leading conductors. Bernhard Haitink has been associated with the orchestra for many years and the Chief Conductor now is the inspirational Mariss Jansons. I was particularly interested in hearing this CD as the final track is the original (10 piece) version of Derek Bourgeois' Concerto Grosso which he wrote for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. Some of you will know the brass band version which YBS used as their own-choice test piece at the European Brass Band Championships on some occasions. Just imagine that being played by just 10! You have to hear the playing on this CD to believe it, absolutely stunning! The Euphonium cadenza of the brass band version is on French Horn in the original and the Eb Bass cadenza (that the euphonium finishes off!) is played on the tuba in its entirety. Also included is Hans Werner Henze's own rescoring for 10 piece of Ragtimes & Habaneras. The CD has been recorded in Super Audio and it also says SURROUND / 5.0 on the back, whatever that means! Suffice to say, it plays perfectly on my 10+ year old Denon CD player and also on my work PC. We'll be stocking this CD and should have supplies available for the launch in June. I highly recommend this CD, whether you like orchestral brass or not, as this is brass playing (and recording) of the highest order.