Top 10 Favourite Test Pieces - The CD!

Discussion in 'tMP Site News & Suggestions' started by dyl, May 31, 2006.

  1. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    Top 10 Favourite Test Pieces - The CD!

    In addition to the main announcement on your 100 favourite test pieces, here, we would also like to announce an extremely exciting collaboration between tMP, the reigning National Champions of Great Britain, the Leyland Band under the musical direction of Russell Gray, and recording company, KMJ Recordings.

    This collaboration brings together the views of banders from all over the world, the recording expertise of a renowned company and the professionalism and musicality of Russell Gray and Leyland, to give you the definitive brass band recording containing the Top 10 pieces from tMP's Favourite Test Piece poll of 2006.

    To be released on two CD's, the first of which which will be recorded during September, for a release in time for Christmas, will see Leyland and Russell record the following ten pieces for the two CD set: Spectrum, Blitz, 'Harmony Music, Contest Music, Extreme Makeover, St Magnus, Resurgam, The Year of the Dragon, Paganini Variations and the favourite test piece as voted by tMP members for the last two surveys, Eric Ball's Journey Into Freedom.

    Commenting on the project, Gary Westwood, Leyland Band's Chairman, says "
    The Band is thrilled about taking part with in this exciting project. The pieces chosen as the Top Ten by tMP members contain music that has given Leyland Band success in the past, including a win at the 1991 North West Area Championship with the number one choice Journey Into Freedom, and we’re very much looking forward to working on new readings with our Musical Director, Russell Gray.”

    Keith Johnson from KMJ Recordings adds
    “KMJ Recordings is delighted to announced that working alongside them for this exciting project is renowned Engineer, Iestyn Rees.

    Mr Rees is well known in classical music recording, having recorded most of the major orchestras and leading performers in the World’s most prestigious venues – many of them led by the foremost Conductors. Amongst his client list are the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, Frank Lloyd (French horn), Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), Joshua Bell (violin), Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle and so on.

    Amongst his arguably more famous projects, Mr Rees was involved in the recording of the Three Tenors at Wembley, along with the subsequent post-production for Classic FM’s radio broadcast 24 hours later. Additionally, he undertook similar tasks for the World Premieres of Karl Jenkins’ “Adiemus” and “The Armed Man” from London’s Royal Albert Hall.

    Although much of Mr Rees’ output has been in the orchestral field (he has also made significant contributions in the rock and pop world as well with clients as diverse as All Saints, Fleetwood Mac and Robbie Williams!), he has been known to play both the tenor and French Horns – and thoroughly enjoyed his experience of Year of the Dragon on Rotary Valves!

    It’s a great honour to be asked by John Burns to be involved with this recording that archives the views of the voting members of tMP. It’s also a great privilege to be working again with the superlative musicians of Leyland Band and Russell Gray, and I’m thrilled that Iestyn Rees has also agreed to work with KMJ Recordings on this release.

    John Burns, owner of tMP said "The tMP Top 100 Favourite Test Pieces poll from which these ten pieces have arisen has proven extremely popular, and to bring together the current National Champion Band and KMJ Recordings to turn a poll into a real, professional recording seemed absolutely the right thing to do. To have the opportunity to work with such professional people as Russell Gray and Leyland Band, together with Keith Johnson of KMJ Recordings is simply fantastic for, and I am thrilled to be able to do this."

    Everyone at tMP is extremely thrilled about this latest project, and we trust that you will all be as excited as we are and looking forward to hearing the results of this fabulous collaboration.

    "tMP World's 100 Favourite Test Piece Poll" Copyright © 2006 - the - All Rights Reserved
    Last edited: May 31, 2006
  2. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    OMG:eek:. I'm speechless.

    This is fantastic. What a brilliant idea and what a CD this is going to be.

    I cannot wait.

    And what a band to be involved. :clap:
  3. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    That's quite a coup, and should be a recording worth having.

    Now, if you want someone to review it . . . . . . ;)
  4. tam-tam2

    tam-tam2 Member

    Buy it!!

    Hey, even I might buy that!! Although, if it had had Tournament for Brass on it I would have bought two!! Can I call for a recount Dyl? Only joking. Congratulations on the whole package, it has obviously taken a lot of hard work.
  5. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    Awww, cool! I'm definitely going to be buying it - I actually only have Spectrum as a recording at the moment, so it'll be well worth it! :D

    Congratulations and good luck with it! :clap:
  6. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    Wasn't it a condition of signup that if this kind of thing happened, you had to buy four and distribute to (non-member) relatives during the festive season? ;) :biggrin:

    Joking aside, it's a fantastic thing to be involved in - made even better by Blitz and Year of the Dragon being in the list!
  7. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    Fantastic idea John!
    Is there already a planned release day? Will it be ready for the Christmas and New Year Holidays?

    And it seams like the players of Leyland already know what they'll be doing during the summer... ;-)
  8. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    There's no formal planned release date, yet, Jan, but it's our intention to try and make Volume 1 available for Christmas with Volume 2 being made available sometime in Q1 next year. This is purely down to available rehearsal time and availability of the Band (as you'll appreciate, recording CDs like this is a mammoth undertaking and due to it's nature, each of the volumes will be recorded in contiguous sessions, rather than tagging one piece onto another recording and putting them all together at the end).

    As to which pieces will be on which Volume..... ;)
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2006
  9. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    As long as Spectrum is on the 1st... more on that later!!
  10. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    I'll see what I can do ;)
  11. jim

    jim Member

    Wicked I wanna play on that one!! need a dep!
  12. Matt-Trom939

    Matt-Trom939 Member

    Although i already have recordings of Spectrum, Extreme Makeover, Resurgam, The Year of the Dragon and Paganini Variations ill still get one.
  13. Matt-Trom939

    Matt-Trom939 Member

    Oooo actually if u put all the ones i just said i had on one volume and the others on the other volume then i would just have to buy one of the volumes....think about it....
  14. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    Hmm. And my business motivation to cause you to want to buy only one of two would be...?

    I've thought about it....No :biggrin: ;)

    Actually, the musical and artistic decisions such as what goes on where are made collaboratively by the Producer(s) and the MD. The two main factors they've got to consider I guess are getting a balanced programme for each CD and secondly the technical feasibility of rehearsal and getting the material committed to tape in the available timescale.
  15. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    ... and the fact that the sponsor wants Spectrum on the first CD... :):)
  16. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    Sorry, did somebody say something? :D

    I'm sure the tracklist will be built around it ;)
  17. stephenmrry

    stephenmrry Member

    Hey that sounds like a great idea to have all those great pieces in one collaboration a fantastic idea! Well done all!!!
  18. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    Whats' the chances of the CD being downloadable for those of us who don't buy CDs any more. And if it is downloadable would you be able to buy single tracks?
  19. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    The tMP Top Ten Favourite Test Pieces CD [FONT=&quot]©tmp 2006 [/FONT]will be available to purchase on tMP in the normal CD format and in MP3 downloadable format.

    Unsure yet as to if individual tracks will be made available though. Quite possibly, but not 100% certain. I will advise as soon as we have more information. I am also likely to run a pre-order service too. More details will be forthcoming as I put the fine detail together.
  20. Baritonedeaf

    Baritonedeaf Member

    I want one!!!! :-D