New CD from YBS, 'BOURGEOIS IN BRASS'

Straightmute

Active Member
I got my copy on Saturday at the Grand Shield and finally got around to listening today. This playing blew me away - it's the best band CD I've heard for some time and the effect of 70 minutes of concentrated Bourgeois is almost overpowering. The new work Apocalypse doesn't seem to say very much new, but does have some wonderful moments - and some fantastic flugel playing.

Highly recommended - the best 12.95 I've spent in ages.

Wow.

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PeterBale

Moderator
Staff member
I would endorse Straightmute's recommendation of this cd - I've listened to it each day since it arrived, and I'm still picking up something new each time.

Personally, I've got just one reservation, and that concerns the Concerto Grosso: I don't know whether it is the piece in particular, or whether it is a natural spin-off from a recording under studio conditions rather than a live concert performance, but the playing seems a little bit detached - a little too calculated. It is a piece that has always bowled me over in performance, and each of the (live) recordings I have brings some real excitement to it, but for me it seems not quite to take off - technically excellent, but maybe lacking that final something.
 

Keppler

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Staff member
Ok, sorry. I'd like to admit to the first tMP.com moderator cockup.

In attempting to duplicate portions of this thread in the User Reviews section, I have unwittingly moved the whole thread there, and deleted the some of the posts relating to it - namely the advertisement from WorldofBrass.com relating to availability of this CD

Many apologies for this - I shall do my utmost to retrieve them..

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The original advertisement is here:
WoldofBrass said:
Posted: Thu May 01, 2003 10:49 am Post subject: New CD from YBS, 'BOURGEOIS IN BRASS'

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Released on Saturday 3rd May on the EGON label is the latest recording from the YORKSHIRE BUILDING SOCIETY BAND called 'BOURGEOIS IN BRASS'.

Track listing is as follows;
Apocalypse (World Premiere Recording)
Sonata for Trombone and Brass Band (World Premiere Recording featuring guest soloist Ian Bousfield)
Blitz
Concerto Grosso for Brass Band

Writing in The British Bandsman, Rodney Newton says "This CD is an essential purchase for all brass band enthusiasts and will make a splendid introduction for newcomers to the music of Derek Bourgeois. Strongly recommended".

Get your copy from the 'World of Brass' website by clicking on this link
http://www.worldofbrass.com/acatalog/22081.html
Alternatively, place your order now with our Mail Order department (tel: 020 7367 6580).
 

WorldofBrass.com

Active Member
Bourgeios in Brass

PeterBale said:
Personally, I've got just one reservation, and that concerns the Concerto Grosso: I don't know whether it is the piece in particular, or whether it is a natural spin-off from a recording under studio conditions rather than a live concert performance, but the playing seems a little bit detached - a little too calculated. It is a piece that has always bowled me over in performance, and each of the (live) recordings I have brings some real excitement to it, but for me it seems not quite to take off - technically excellent, but maybe lacking that final something.
Peter, you are probably aware that there are a number of 'live' recordings of Concerto Grosso available from ourselves ; Eikanger (Euro 2000 & Norway 2001) YBS (Euro 2002) and Grimethorpe (Festival of Brass '91).
I recently listened to the recording of Stavanger Brass Band (conducted by David King) at this years Norwegian Championships, which was the winning 'own choice' and they did real justice to it.
http://www.worldofbrass.com/acatalog/22080.html
 

Mr Smiler

Member
I heard this CD recently too and it is quite awesome. I just wondered though if the rendition of "Blitz" was slightly on the safe side, still remarkably controlled but not "edge of yer seat" stuff?
 

blondie

Member
I bought and paid for this CD a week before Roger announced this monts quiz, damn!!! (Now thats confidence for you). I principally bought it for the rendition of Blitz, and I've just discovered 3 more outstanding works. I will go as far as saying that Apocolypse is one of the best works for BB that I have ever heard, I'm so enthusiastic about it that I'm actually in the process of wearing the CD out!! :wink:
 

Highams

Member
I played Concerto Grosso in manuscript with Sun Life Stanshawe and Derek conducting. We recorded it in the Great Hall of Bristol Univ. on February 11th. 1981 for the first radio 3 Bandstand broadcast.

Kevin Robins was on principal cornet, Roy Jennings, flugel, Dave Williams, solo horn, me on solo euph and Derek Horsfall on E flat bass.

www.euph9.freeserve.co.uk
 

WorldofBrass.com

Active Member
Bourgeois in Brass

This CD has also scooped the award of CD of the Year from
Brass Band World magazine.
Another set of congratulations to all concerned!
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
I've yet to purchase this (but will on the strength of the many great reviews it has had), but it's even on one classical music website contributor's top 5 recordings of the year. And it isn't often that brass band recordings make it onto this site at all.

http://www.musicweb.uk.net/classrev/2003/Discs_of_the_Year_2003/Recordings_of_the_Year_2003(2).htm
 

WorldofBrass.com

Active Member
Bourgeios in Brass

To add to the list of awards that this CD has already picked up is the
4BR Band CD of the Year announced earlier today.
The CD received 24% of the votes cast in this category.

http://www.worldofbrass.com/acatalog/22081.html

YBS also collected the 4BR Band of the Year title and conductor David King carried off the 4BR Conductor of the Year prize.

Sensational effort!
 
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