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WorldofBrass.com
18.05.2007, 09:45
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.

AndyCat
18.05.2007, 10:17
Yes, seconded. Absolutely stunning playing all round. Tuba is FANTASTIC all the way through, but Concerto Grosso is something else!

Jan H
18.05.2007, 10:29
If I may give some additional information... ;)

For this CD, the RCO Brass was conducted by Belgian conductor Ivan Meylemans (http://www.ivanmeylemans.com), who I happen to know really well, since he has been my band's conductor for the past 7 years as well :).

Ivan playes trombone with the RCO himself. However, he will leave the RCO in July to become a full-time orchestral conductor. He won several conductor awards in the past years (a.o. a place in the final three of the Donattella Flick Conducting contest in London). He has been standing in for Mariss Jansons during rehearsals of the RCO and he has already conducted most other Belgian and Dutch orchestras in concerts.

But besides that, he will always remain a true "band" person, conducting Fanfare Band "Kempenbloei" Achel (my own band ;) ) and the Noord-Limburgse Brass Band as well. Some of you may remember him from when the NLBB won the SCABA Crawley Entertainment Contest two years in a row (dressed up as bird for The Cuckoo...), a couple of years ago.

In 2005, Ivan won the "Prix de Salon", a Dutch incentive award for young musicians. He decided to use the awaded money for the recording of this CD. The recording took place in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, by many considered to be one of the best concert halls in the world. The RCO Brass ensemble includes a.o. Peter Masseurs and Frits Damrow on trumpet, the fantastic Jacob Slagter on french horn and Jurgen van Rijen on trombone.

brassneck
18.05.2007, 10:48
The CD has been recorded in Super Audio and it also says SURROUND / 5.0 on the back, whatever that means!


- recorded in SACD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Audio_CD) format, a hybrid that allows players capable of playing such recordings in surround sound (... many DVD surround sound systems such as Sony cope well with this as they have a SACD laser as well ... mine does!).

N.B., the recording in question is one of the best brass CDs to emerge in the last 10 or more years .... BUY IT!

Texus
18.05.2007, 11:28
The RCO orchestra are one of the best sections in the world. Listen to any recordings of big stuff with them, especially Shostakovich and Mahler and you will see what i mean.
This promises to be an outstanding release.

tubaloopy
18.05.2007, 14:35
Excuse my ignorance, but if it is only being launched in June, how is it so many people have heard it?
I dont want it in June, I want it now, and you had better tell me how Cattanach or I will never let you play in Glossop bandclub again!!

AndyCat
18.05.2007, 14:45
Excuse my ignorance, but if it is only being launched in June, how is it so many people have heard it?
I dont want it in June, I want it now, and you had better tell me how Cattanach or I will never let you play in Glossop bandclub again!!

What a threat!

You could try here:

http://sales.codaex.com/rco/catalogus-detail_en.php?ID=18

Or wait til Carl has it at WoB.

I'll see you tomorrow. No doubt?

tubaloopy
18.05.2007, 15:10
Merci. Ordered.

You wont see me if you are drinking in the hell hole that is the Galleon.

Think we will be headed for the sports bar or some Irish place, will no doubt bump into you beforehand.

Good luck for tomoz if our paths dont cross beforehand.

WorldofBrass.com
18.05.2007, 15:41
Excuse my ignorance, but if it is only being launched in June, how is it so many people have heard it?

The UK supplier told me this week when they sent me a copy that it was due for launch in June. I've no idea why that is as the CD seems to be available from Europe already!

Jan H
18.05.2007, 16:24
The UK supplier told me this week when they sent me a copy that it was due for launch in June. I've no idea why that is as the CD seems to be available from Europe already!
The CD was launched last month during a concert of the RCO brass ensemble which was broadcasted live on Dutch national radio. In this concert, they played a part of the CD (including the last movement of Concerto Grosso).

The CD was already for sale directly through the "RCO Live" label (see Andy's link, which comes from the RCO website http://www.concertgebouworkest.nl/ )

Of course I bought my copy directly from Ivan Meylemans :)

WorldofBrass.com
18.05.2007, 16:33
I'll ask the UK supplier why it's a June release date in the UK when it is clearly available in Europe already.

Brian Kelly
18.05.2007, 21:37
What else is on the CD, apart from "Concerto Grosso" and "Ragtimes & Habanernas"?

brassneck
18.05.2007, 22:03
Full Tracklist:-

- Serenade (Willem van Otterloo)
- The Call, the brass presented (Nick Woud)
- Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10, from Sacrae Symphoniae no. 11 (Giovanni Gabrielli)
- Ragtimes and Habaneras (Hans Werner Henze)
- Variants with Solo Cadenzes for trumpet quartet (William Schmidt)
- Concerto Grosso op. 61 (Derek Bourgeois)

Jan H
20.05.2007, 13:46
According to Ivan, the first pressing of 3000 CD's has been sold out, and they are now working on the second batch. So that may be the reason why the CD is not available until June...

brassneck
20.05.2007, 21:57
According to Ivan, the first pressing of 3000 CD's has been sold out, and they are now working on the second batch. So that may be the reason why the CD is not available until June...

- I think this particular album will be one of the biggest selling brass CDs once more people find out how good it is!

Bryan_sop
22.05.2007, 23:02
Just ordered mine. I have loads of Orchestral brass CDs, didn't know about this one! Can't wait for it to arrive!

JDH
23.05.2007, 00:43
Yes, seconded. Absolutely stunning playing all round. Tuba is FANTASTIC all the way through, but Concerto Grosso is something else!

Does it say who played tuba?

AndyCat
23.05.2007, 07:59
Does it say who played tuba?

Perry Hoogendijk on the site http://www.rcobrass.com/english/ .

Jan H
23.05.2007, 10:03
Perry Hoogendijk on the site http://www.rcobrass.com/english/ .
http://www.perryhoogendijk.com/
check out the audio-files ;)

WorldofBrass.com
01.06.2007, 11:49
According to Ivan, the first pressing of 3000 CD's has been sold out...

Blimey, that's good going!
Anyway, our stock has now arrived into our warehouse so I hope we've got enough to satisfy the demand!

It's listed on our website too; http://www.worldofbrass.eu/acatalog/24853.html

Bryan_sop
06.06.2007, 19:20
Got my copy but it won't play on my stereo (which is a DVD player) despite it saying on the sleeve that it will play in all standard CD devices :mad:

tubaloopy
08.06.2007, 08:55
Perry Hoogendijk on the site http://www.rcobrass.com/english/ .

He is absolutely stunning.
Best I have ever heard.

brassneck
13.06.2007, 22:26
CD is on sale for 9.99 online (http://www.hmv.co.uk/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=283;3;-1;-1&sku=652990) with free delivery at HMV! I saw copies in one of their stores for 13 earlier on today.

BoozyBTrom
14.06.2007, 00:36
Ordered the CD today. Really looking forward to listening to it.

brassneck
14.06.2007, 00:51
Ordered the CD today. Really looking forward to listening to it.

- I hope that you will as pleased with it as I am. One thing though, the sleevenotes do not list the players. They have been performing live since 2003.

ChrisHelme
19.06.2007, 21:32
Hello
If you all like that orchestral brass team try this one out - 'Portraits' - it has Peter Masseurs principal trumpet at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra playing the Arutunian trumpet concerto with a new specially written cadenza for him - For trombone players Tim Dowling the principal trombone at the Residente Orchestra in The Hague plays Ferdinand David's Concertino For Trombone - this was specially arranged for trombone and brass band - For French horn enthusiasts there is Edward Gregson's Horn Concerto and Brass Band played by Jasper de Waal he is principal French horn player at the Royal Concertgebouw - and of course for cornet players Huug Steketee the principal trumpet/cornet player at the Residentie Orchestra plays his own composition of '...Portraits...'.
They are not finshed yet - to close their CD they play Huug Steketee's quartet arrangement of an Arban exercise. Having listen to the recording with Hepworth (Lanson Homes) Band brilliantly accompanying the four soloists - this is playing at the highest level and the best 5.99 CD around.

Chris

WorldofBrass.com
20.06.2007, 08:03
One thing though, the sleevenotes do not list the players.

They're all listed on the front cover, along with the composers, although it's not easy to work out who plays what!

brassneck
20.06.2007, 08:05
They're all listed on the front cover, along with the composers, although it's not easy to work out who plays what!

:oops: ... you're correct! (with the composers highlighted in red and conductor in yellow!)

Jan H
20.06.2007, 10:24
And if you like the conducting on the CD, I can recommend you my band's CD that will be released soon ;) It will be published by DeHaske, and will be called "Cry of the Falcon - Flemish music for fanfare band" :biggrin:

BoozyBTrom
20.06.2007, 13:05
Having ordered mine last week i have now received an email from HMV telling me they are out of Stock.

Look like im in for a bit of a wait lol. :-?

brassneck
20.06.2007, 21:36
Having ordered mine last week i have now received an email from HMV telling me they are out of Stock.

Look like im in for a bit of a wait lol. :-?

- you could pop up to the HMV store in Princes Street, Edinburgh ... two copies racked under 'trumpet' in it's classical/jazz section upstairs only a week ago! ;)

BoozyBTrom
20.06.2007, 21:53
- you could pop up to the HMV store in Princes Street, Edinburgh ... two copies racked under 'trumpet' in it's classical/jazz section upstairs only a week ago! ;)

ha ha

9.99 CD plus 30 quid diesel. bargain!!!!! :tongue:

brassneck
20.06.2007, 22:09
ha ha

9.99 CD plus 30 quid diesel. bargain!!!!! :tongue:

13 store price! Nice when you can get it ... :p

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b134/kingseamus/NewPic0115.jpg

BoozyBTrom
21.06.2007, 13:23
13 store price! Nice when you can get it ... :p

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b134/kingseamus/NewPic0115.jpg

Salt im my wounds :(

brassneck
21.06.2007, 18:30
Salt im my wounds :(

burny! burny! glorious sounds :cool:

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b134/kingseamus/AA_Hint.jpg

jondaw
01.07.2007, 13:49
Really objected to paying 13.95 for this CD with World of Brass and then finding 2.95 P&P added at the very end - 16.90 is taking the p***

Did a Google and found myself on http://betamonline.netsoundsmusic.com (http://betamonline.netsoundsmusic.com/) a site based in Philladelphia, USA.

Placed my order on June 16th (Saturday) and had the CD delivered on 27 June (Wenesday). Excellent service with update emails confirming receipt of order and when the disc was shipped.

Total cost INCLUDING P&P US$19.83 (10.33)

nickjones
06.07.2007, 15:16
Got the Manchester Branch of HMV to send it to Bangor picked it up this lunchtime , and just had a listen..brilliant cd , will be better on the surround system later than the small speakers I have here...class playing all round.
Well worth the 13.00

BoozyBTrom
19.07.2007, 10:20
Its finally arrived. Im now looking forward to listening to it.

WorldofBrass.com
19.07.2007, 10:22
Its finally arrived. Im now looking forward to listening to it.

It's received an excellent review from Dudley Bright in British Bandsman this week and also from Paul Hindmarsh in Brass Band World.