Saturday, April 23, 2016

Back to the Basic Ideas

One of the classic pieces for a brass ensemble is one by Richard Strauss called

Feierlicher Einzug.

According to these program notes, Strauss composed this work for an investiture ceremony for the Knights of St. John, a society that has existed for hundreds of years.  The original orchestration calls for a large brass ensemble and timpani, but this recording includes a large brass ensemble, timpani, and organ.  It is a wonderful work and the recording is quite good too, as there is a lot of power and sound that is coming from this performance, without being aggressive.  

The brass ensemble comes from the Saarbr├╝cken Radio Symphony Orchestra, and this recording was released in 2003.  The recording is fairly conservative in volume and their is no unnecessary edge to their sound either.  Overall, not a bad performance of this wonderful piece.

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