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  Holst: Suite Nos. 1 & 2, Handel: Fireworks, etc. - Fennell
  Holst: Suite Nos. 1 & 2, Handel: Music for Royal Fireworks, Leo Arnaud: Olympic Theme from Three Fanfares, Karl King: Barnum and Bailey's Favorite, Johann Strauss: Radetzky March, Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever, Vaughan Williams: Folk Song Suite, Percy Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy

Cleveland Symphonic Winds
Fredrick Fennell (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Dr. O August 8, 2005 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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A welcome addition to the pantheon of SA-CDs! While he was still at Eastman, Fennell set the standard by which all bands judged their performances of these "British Band Classics!"

Though this is simply in stereo and not in surround, do NOT let this put you off! The sound is fantastic! Very clean and spirited playing! I wonder how many of these Cleveland Symphony wind players played these warhorses while either in high school or in college.

For those of you who remember your high school band days with warm nostalgia, this compilation is a must have! Many thanks to Telarc for this wonderful offering!

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Review by mwagner1962 May 11, 2005 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I was more than thrilled when I heard that Telarc was going to re-release this as an SACD!!! I had both of the old redbook CDs as well as one of the Telarc LPs, and when I heard that it was coming out, I jumped for joy!!!

The sound is simply top notch, considering this was an original digital recording to start with. As a forever fan of Frederick Fennell, I love his interpretations. I can only imagine what those sessions were like, having some of the premier wind and percussion players from the world class Cleveland Orchestra playing music that many had not played since high school (and for some of them, that was a LONG time ago!!!).

The sonics are top notch and offer serious improvements in sound staging, imaging, as well as a much better sense of depth that was missing from the original redbook CDs.

These pieces are played with gusto, and to hear "serious" musicians play with such fun and joy has to be heard to appreciate. Even a person who is not a band geek (like me) can really enjoy this SACD.

Now, the bad news (well, not really bad). I am going to take Telarc to task for leaving out a few selections. Remember, this is a compilation of TWO CDs, so I know that space was at a premium. However, I think that any serious band nerd or fan (present company included) would have paid to have two SACDs with ALL of the music included!!! This however does not chance my rating!!!


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Works: 9  

Leo Arnaud - Olympic Theme from Three Fanfares
Percy Grainger - Lincolnshire Posy
George Frideric Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks (Suite), HWV 351
Gustav Holst - Suite No. 1
Gustav Holst - Suite No. 2
Karl King - Barnum and Bailey's Favorite
John Philip Sousa - The Stars and Stripes Forever
Johann Strauss I - Radetzsky March, Op. 228
Ralph Vaughan Williams - English Folk Songs, Suite (1923)