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Discussion: Arthur Wills: The Fenlands - Soli Brass

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Post by DSD March 14, 2009 (1 of 1)
One of my favorite classical compositions makes it to SACD: Arthur Wills' The Fenlands

The upcoming SACD also includes Percy Whitlock's Folksong and Divertimento, and the last movement of Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony (like I really need another version of that) Oh well.

From the Aaliud Records website:

"The Symphonic Suite The Fenlands by the English composer Arthur Wills formed the pièce de résistance of the Cathedral Brass concert that took place on September 13, 2008 in the Koepelkerk in Leeuwarden. In this captivating and challenging composition, the composer reaches a beautiful synthesis between the brass band and its natural musical partner: the organ. The program also contains two rarely performed organ works by the English composer Percy Whitlock: a simple Folksong and a virtuoso Divertimento. The closing movement of Camille Saint-Saens Organ Symphony forms a finale to this set. “Just as I am” is an arrangement of a song by Wilfred Heaton, a piece from the Salvation Army repertoire. “Angels Watching Over Me”, also comes from the Salvation Army, but was recorded in the studio in 2006, here included as a special bonus track."

I am thrillingly waiting for this SACD! I hope it turns out to be as wonderful as American Spectrum - Llewellyn which proved to be worth the wait!