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2012 4BR Awards — Solo CD of the Year

Which solo performer tickled your fancy in 2012 with their latest release?

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Thankfully, much like 2011, quality outshone quantity in the solo CD production stakes.

These are five that we were able to review during the year, so some favourites may have to wait for consideration in 2013.

Most of the significant releases came late, but these five really did give the opportunity for the performers to showcase their talents in full.


Boneman walkingBoneman Walking
Brett Baker
Accompanist: Fenella Haworth-Head (piano)
White River Evocations: WR12-03
Total playing time: 72.21 mins
 

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Brett Baker may well be a very busy recording artist, but he is also one who has the ability to deliver excellence on each occasion too. This release was a case in point – a contrasting mix of demanding concerto repertoire and more lightweight fayre played in recital mode with piano accompaniment.

Reviewer Peter Bale called it, ‘a varied programme of attractive solos’ – and the more you listened to it the more attractive it got.


DiamondsDiamonds
Steven Mead
Central Band of the Royal Air Force
Conductor: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs
Bocchino Records: BOCC120
Total playing time: 72 mins approx

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Steven Mead continues to pursue new musical horizons and projects with a passion that remains undimmed. This long standing recording project was on his wish list for many years – and it was well worth the wait. 

Reviewer Peter Bale said; ‘Each performance of the major works is a showcase of excellence that engages the listener from start to finish. To say this is a highly recommended release is almost a superfluous comment.’


JewelsJewels
Eminence Brass
Featuring: David Childs, Philip Cobb, Owen Farr, Richard Marshall
Doyen Recordings: CD296
Total Playing Time: 74.05

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The art of the quartet is not lost – thanks to this quite stunning display of considered virtuosity by Owen Farr, David Childs, Philip Cobb and Richard Marshall.

As reviewer Brian Buckley aptly pointed out; ‘The finely honed balance and the scintillating brilliance of the performers, both individually and as an ensemble, make for compulsive listening.’


Solo SpotsSolo Spots
Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band
Conductor: Phillip McCann
Harlequin: HAR1131
Total Playing Time: Approx 58 mins

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If the sum of a band is only as good as its constituent player parts then with this recording you can see why Carlton Main has consistently punched well above its weight in recent years – thanks in no small part to the direction of Phillip McCann at its helm.

This is a showcase CD of thought and quality, and as reviewer Malcolm Wood pointed out; ‘a recording covering a variety of musical genres, but above all it shows that Phillip McCann's intuitive understanding of the alchemy of the blending process has not been lost on either his players or his band.’


VanguardVanguard
Iain Culross
Leyland Band
World of Sound Recordings: WOS044
Conductors: Russell Gray & Leigh Baker
Total Playing Time: 75.04
 

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One of the surprise delights of the solo recording genre this year – as a former wayward spirit of the cornet displayed a remarkable sense of performance maturity.

This was cornet playing that  made a real impression from start to finish, as the 4BR Editor remarked; ‘That is certainly the case with this release; with a dozen confidently performed works, each played with an engaging sense of controlled flair and understanding.’

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Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band - Lotherton Hall

Sunday 28 August • Lotherton Hall. Off Collier Lane. Aberford. LS25 3EB LS25 3EB


Newstead Brass - Newark Brass Explosion

Monday 29 August • Newark Castle, . Castle Gate, Newark NG24 1BG


Contest: Greenfield Autumn Leaves March & Hymn Contest

Sunday 4 September • Ladhill Playing Fields, Greenfield, Oldhamm OL3 7JW


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 10 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Derwent Brass - Under The Stars

Saturday 17 September • Derby Cathedral, 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP


St. Ronan's Silver Band

August 16 • We are seeking to appoint a PRINCIPAL CORNET PLAYER to our friendly, hard-working 2nd Section Band based in Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, only 50 mins from Edinburgh. Great programme of contests/concerts & other events.


Crofton Silver Band

August 16 • SECOND CORNET. Crofton Silver Band are looking for a Second Cornet to add to their line up as the band looks forward to celebrating its 150th Anniversary next year with an exciting mix of concerts and contests.


Crofton Silver Band

August 16 • PRINCIPAL CORNET. Crofton Silver Band are looking for a Principal Cornet to add to their line up as the band looks forward to celebrating its 150th Anniversary next year with an exciting mix of concerts and contests.


Stuart Black

BA (Hons) Music
Conductor, Teacher, Flugel soloist


               

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