A delightful collection of concertos for wind and brass instruments featuring the outstanding soloists of the internationally famous Royal Norwegian Navy Band. Conducted by Clarinet virtuoso Leif Arne Tangen Pedersen, this is a varied programme, including a rare recording of the three original ‘concertos’ with military band (Trombone, Oboe and Clarinet) by Rimsky-Korsakov and three excellent transcriptions of works by Glière (Trumpet), Lebedev (Bass trombone) and Arutiunian (Tuba). The playing is superb and the musicianship of the Band under Pederson’s expert and sensitive direction is second to none.
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Blut und Eisen (Blood & Iron) is a fascinating selection of military music played by German bands during the momentous 100 years between 1815 and 1915. Some marches are quite well known and some are rarities. The century began with the Anglo-Prussian victory at Waterloo in 1815, continues through the wars of German unification from 1864 to 1871, the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914, and culminates at the stalemate in the trenches around Ypres in 1915. More >>
This album presents a very comprehensive selection of the music associated with the Royal Swedish Navy and includes many wonderful marches, ceremonial and reflective music of different types as well, plus a number of Naval signals. The Royal Swedish Navy Band is one of the finest military bands in Europe and was until very recently under threat of being axed as part of Swedish Defence cuts. Fortunately for all, the Band has been saved and is shown at its best in this beautiful symphonic recording made in studio conditions in the wonderful acoustic of the historic wooden Admiralty Church (Ulrica Pia), Karlskrona, Sweden. More >>