This CD by the Melbourne Brass Esemble features an interesting and varied program by five Australian composers. The playing is dynamic and accurate; the sound is full and the acoustic of the recording is very true to life.
Recorded at the Melbourne Concert Hall (now Hamer Hall), the music includes Percy Grainger's wonderful "Tone-stuffs for brass five-some", Paul Sarcich's appealing set of five aboriginal songs, a fanfare from Robert Sims, and works by David Stanhope and Barry McKimm.
The ensemble has a reputation for its ability to adapt to a wide range of music with a high degree of quality and experience. Unlike the usual quintet which includes a tuba, the Melbourne Brass Ensemble includes Eric Klay's bass trombone which provides a rich full sound. Geoffrey Payne, one of the group's two trumpeters won first prize in the 1984 Budapest International Music Competition.
“For avid trombonists, the performance of Kenneth McClimont and Eric Klay is a sufficient reason to add this recording to your collection. It is also an excellent opportunity to expose yourself to some fine contemporary compositions from Australia. Furthermore, any admirer of brass quintets will appreciate and enjoy the ensemble work offered here. The Melbourne Brass Ensemble is not the typical quintet in that a bass trombone is used in place of a tuba. One does not miss the tuba, as Eric Klay plays with a big, full sound and provides a solid foundation for the ensemble. Kenneth McClimont stands out as a lyric tenor trombonist with much musical taste. The timing, intonation , and cohesion of the ensemble maintain professional standards throughout each work. Each member displays virtuosity and total command of his instrument. All brass players, particularly trombonists, should look forward to more recordings by the Melbourne Brass Ensemble.”
— James McKinney, ITA Journal
“The playing is dynamic and accurate. The sound is full and the acoustic of the recording is very true to life"”
— Australian Trombone Education Magazine
“One of the best I've heard in this genre. The Grainger is an absolute delight”
— American Horn Call
“…an impressive combination, in five works of varying taste and vintage”
— Australian Jewish News
- Waltzing Matilda Arr: Peter De Visser
- Song without words 1 3:57
- Song without words 2 3:20
- Palindrome 2:58
- Maranoa Songs Paul Sarcich 8:53
- Fanfare Robert Simms 1:06
- Arrival platform humlet 2:35
- There was a pig went out to dig 1:46
- Peace 2:53
- Sherpherd’s hey 1:49
- first movement 6:27
- second movement :04
- third movement 4:08
- Five dances from the Danserye Tylman Susato
- Three Renaissance Madrigal Arr: I. Rosenthal
- Musicke for His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts Mathew Locke
- Golyardes Grounde Malcolm Forsyth
Quintet No. 3 David Stanhope
Tone-stuffs for Brass Fivesome Percy Grainger
Quintet for brass Barry McKimm
- Geoffrey Payne · trumpet
- David Farrands · trumpet
- Graeme Denniss · french horn
- Kenneth McClimont · trombone
- Eric Klay · bass trombone
Paul Sarcich's music is noted for its rhythmic and dramatic flair, and his output particularly reflects his background in percussion, brass, and voice together with his orchestrational ability. Most of his music is written at the behest of performers, often those who are seeking to add to the repertoire for their instrument or group.
Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) is one of Australia's best known composers. A brilliant arranger of folk music but also a pioneer in percussion and electronic music, Grainger's Warriors was recently heard in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.