ESSENTIAL CD OF THE WEEK
It was played on BBC RADIO THREE 9.am every morning for the first week of April? What was it,
SARAH WALKER presents a selection of must-hear music including the Essential CD of the Week.
Timothy Reynish has made the RNCM Wind Orchestra leader in its field and the Chandos disc of works by Holst and Vaughan Williams confirms its supremacy.
British Wind Band Classics - CHAN 9697
Wind Music by Holst and Vaughan Williams
Timothy Reynish and Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
HOLST 2 Suites for Military Band. 2 Songs Without Words: Marching Song. Hammersmith. BACH-HOLST Fugue à la gigue. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Toccata marziale. Flourish for Wind Band. English Folk Song Suite (original version) • Timothy Reynish, cond; Royal Northern College of Music Wind O • CHANDOS 9697 (66:27)
A review in Fanfare Magazine read:
This first-rate conservatory band has already contributed two vivacious discs to Chandos's Grainger series and it shows itself to be equally adept in the far cooler idiom of Gustav Holst. ... for the most part, whether it be in the gnarled obsessions of the First Suite's Chaconne or the self-confident strut of the Second Suite's opening March or the clash of superimposed musics in the painfully impassive reading of the Hammersmith Prelude, they convey the range of the music's spirit well.