Sunday Bandstand weekly brass band programme 12 April 2020


Hello Brass Banders - Another week of self-isolation I hope you have been kept busy. I have been very busy with jobs at home that I have always kept putting off but have finally caught up with me with no excuses left to continue putting them off.

Another big job this week has been to catalogue all my brass band CDs which there are hundreds. So far I have done 225, which I understand if played one track after the other continually would be 8 days worth of music. But this is just the start I have hundreds to yet start. All the duplicates and triplicate I am now selling on my website through the online shop. A list I am adding to, have a look you might just spot something to add to your collection.

Pablo de Sarasate - 10 March 1844 – 20 September 1908 was a Spanish violin virtuoso and composer of the Romantic period. He was born in Pamplona, the son of an artillery bandmaster. Apparently, after seeing his father struggle with a passage for a long time, he picked up the violin and played it perfectly. He began studying the violin with his father at the age of five and later took lessons from a local teacher. His musical talent became evident early on and he appeared in his first public concert at the age of eight.

His performance was well-received and caught the attention of a wealthy patron who provided the funding for him to study in Madrid and later at the Paris Conservatoire at the age of twelve.

There, at 17 he entered a competition for the Premier Prix and won his first prize, the Conservatoire's highest honour.

He made his Paris debut as a concert violinist in 1860 and played in London the following year. Throughout his career, he toured many parts of the world, performing in Europe, North America, and South America. His artistic pre-eminence was due principally to the purity of his tone, which was free from any tendency towards the sentimental or rhapsodic, and to that impressive facility of execution that made him a virtuoso. In his early career, he performed mainly opera fantasies, most notably the Fantasia, and various other pieces that he had composed.

He died in Biarritz, France, on 20 September 1908, from chronic bronchitis. He bequeathed his violin, made by Stradivari in 1724, to the Musée de la Musique. The violin now bears his name as the Sarasate Stradivarius in his memory. The Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition is held in Pamplona.

In 1900 he wrote his Introduction and Tarantella for solo violin and orchestra. On this show, we feature that solo arranged as a euphonium solo played by Steven Mead.

Keep safe and well....

Playlist 12 April 2020 Recording Details
Rhythm and Blues – Philip SparkeOpening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010 'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Triumphal March from Caractacus - Edward ElgarDesford Colliery Band and Foden's Band MD: Howard Snell - 1984 'English Heritage Series Vol 2' - Vinyl - Polyphonic EHS002D -1984
Froissart Overture OP 19 - Edward Elgar arr: Eric BallFoden's Band MD: Howard Snell - 1984 'English Heritage Series Vol 1' - Vinyl - Polyphonic EHS001D -1984
Tucker - Erik LeidzenCornet Soloist Brian Davies with the International Staff Band BM: Lt Col Bernard Adams - June 28, 1965 Live at the Royal Albert Hall London 'Centenary Festival of Praise' - Vinyl - Regal Zonophone ‎– SLRZ 4010 - 1965
Kumbayah - Traditional arr: Goff RichardsBrighouse and Rastrick Band GMD: Goff Richards - 1996 'The Best of Goff Richards' - CD - Obrasso Recording CD 858 - 1996
Norwegian Wood - Lennon and McCartney arr: Howard SnellIMI Yorkshire Imperial Band MD: James Scott - 1989
'Pageantry' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 040D - 1989​
Dance of the Rose Maidens from the Ballet 'Gayaneh' - Khachaturian arr: Sandy Smith Black Dyke MD: Dr Nichols Childs - 2007 'Spectacular Classics Volume 6' - C D - Obrasso Recording CD922 - 2007
Godspell - Schwartz arr: Barrie Gott
Brisbane City Temple Band of the Salvation Army (Australia) BM: Barrie Gott - 2002​
'Swingtime' - CD - B&H Sound Services BCTB2002 - 2002​
Slavonica Polka - Vladimir Fuka arr: Henry MillerBrass Band Berner Oberland (Switzerland) MD: Carlo Balmeli - 2003 'Pearls' - CD - Tower Music - 2003
Pendennis - Concert March - Goff Richards Foden's (Courtois) Band MD: Goff Richards - 1997 'Brass Explosion' - CD - Obrasso Records - CD863 - 1997
Purcellian Fantasia - Jan de Haan​
Brass Band Immanuel Eesmond (The Netherlands) MD: Jan Werkman - 2017​
'4th Section National Brass Band Championships The Netherlands' - 2017
Rhapsody for Trumpet - Colin SkinnerTrumpet Soloist Mike Lovatt with the Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2018 'Mike Lovatt 56 Degrees North' - CD - Mike Lovatt Recording - 2018
The Police Academy - March - Robert Folk arr: Frank BernaertsBrass Band Willebroek (Belgium) MD: Frans Violet - 2002 'Sparkling Brass' - CD - Bernaerts Recording 2002.023 - 2002
Cristo Redentor - Steven Ponsford Mississauga Temple Band of the Salvation Army (Canada) BM: ??? - 20012 'Jubilance' - CD - MTB Recording - 2012
Introduction and Tarantella - Pablo de Sarasate arr: Luc Vertommen Euphonium Soloist Steven Mead with the Brass Band Buizingen (Belgium) MD: Luc Vertommen - 2006 'Euphonium Virtuoso' - CD - Boocchino Music ‎– BOCC 107 - 2006
Gladiator Barbarian - Hans Zimmer /Lisa Gerrard arr: Sandy Smith​
Grimethorpe Colliery UK Coal Band MD: Garry Cutt - 2001​
'Movie Brass' - CD - RCA Victor 74321 88393 2 - 2001​
Romance From 'The Gadfly' - Dmitri Shostakovich arr. Derek Broadbent​
Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010​
'Patron's Choice III - Egon Recording SFZ 154 - 2010​
Cartoon Classics arr: Andrew Duncan​
Whitburn Band MD: Andrew Duncan - 2004​
'Reflections of Freedom' - CD - SFORZA - SFZ122CD - 2004
Death or Glory - Robert Browne Hall​
Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Michael Antrobus - 2002​
'World Famous Marches' - CD - Chandos Recording CHAN 6565 - 2002
Rhythm and Blues – Philip SparkeClosing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010 'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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