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2012 4BR Awards — CD/DVD of the Year

Which recordings made you want to replace anything by X Factor wannabe Rylan on your ipod with a brass band recording during 2012?

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Perhaps it is getting harder to come up with brass band CDs that really capture the imagination, but once again 2012 was not a vintage year – with so many releases lacking inspiration and originality.

Once again there were plenty of worthy efforts, but at £15.00 or more a pop, CD and DVD prices for brass band recordings are now far too high for what are in many cases by no means a premium product.

One DVD nomination once again showed that brass bands have a long way to go to match the visual brilliance of the best brass ensembles. 

Still, there were a few real gems - and these were our pick to consider.


MasqueradeMasquerade
Foden's Band
Conductors: Howard Snell & Allan Withington
Doyen Recordings: CD297
Total Playing Time: 67.23
 

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd503.asp#.UN7p3G8j7CY

Foden’s in superb form on four works that demanded an intuitive appreciation of musical style as well as substance – something that was given in spades.

In reviewing it on 4BR, Malcolm Wood called it,‘...a recording to savour from a band and a brace of conductors at the very zenith of their musical powers.’

You cannot disagree.


King ArthurThe Legend of King Arthur
Foden's Band
Conductor: Michael Fowles
Doyen Recordings: CD305
Total Playing Time: 63.17

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd514.asp#.UN7q3W8j7CY

Foden’s once more on superlative form – giving performances of the works of Dr Peter Meechan that send a shudder down the spine.

In reviewing it, Malcolm Wood summed it up succinctly: ‘With Foden’s delivering such convincing, compelling performances under Michael Fowles this is a release of quality and influence that deserves the undoubted accolades that will surely come its way.’

He was not wrong.


PicturesPictures
Black Dyke
Conductor: Dr Nicholas Childs
Featuring: Ian McMillan & The Manchester Chorale
Doyen Recordings: CD299
Total Playing Time: 70.09

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd506.asp#.UN7r7m8j7CY

A relay of fabulously colourful performances from Black Dyke on a release that encompasses everything from the ‘Four Minute Mile’ to a stroll around Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’.

Reviewer Daniel Wilmott was left deeply impressed; ‘...it provides the band with a glorious opportunity to prove their Olympian reputation is fully justified on every atmospheric canvas of a gold medal release,’ he wrote.

Even Seb Coe would have been jealous with the end result.


Out of this WorldOut of this World
Cory Band
Conductor: Dr Robert Childs
Doyen Recordings: CD294
Total Playing Time: 70 min approx

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd492.asp#.UN7thG8j7CY

The crowning glory of the conducting tenure of Dr Robert Childs at Cory – this was a recording that simply took the breath away on works that demanded and got, performances of the rarest brilliance.

As reviewer Chris Thomas wrote; ‘In fact it is difficult to imagine a more brilliantly executed or fitting farewell to Cory from Dr Robert Childs as this.

The title, ‘Out of This World’ might just prove to be the banding understatement of the year.’ 


War of the WorldsWar of the Worlds
Brighouse & Rastrick
Conductor: Professor David King
Doyen Recordings: CD303
Total playing time: 63.15mins

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd501.asp#.UN7ulG8j7CY

Brighouse and David King take a journey through some of the most unexpected musical terrain of Peter Graham – and it’s a trip that showcases the talents of both the composer and the band to brilliant effect – thanks to the MDs superb direction.

As Malcolm Wood described it in his review on 4BR; ‘It's been quite a time since David King led a band on a major recording release – and the wait has been well worthwhile.’


DVD: Blofeld
Mnozil Brass

The DVD of Mnozil’s latest breathtaking production is nothing short of sensational.

Nothing more to be said really – although don’t just take the 4BR Editor’s word for it...

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/concerts/con814.asp#.UN7xBm8j7CY

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Camborne Youth Band - New Year Concert

Sunday 19 January • Penventon Park Hotel, West End, Redruth TR15 3AD


The Hepworth Band - A New Year's Viennese Matinee Concert

Sunday 19 January • Christ Church. Sude Hill. New Mill. Holmfirth. West Yorkshire HD9 7BL


Foden's Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Friday 24 January • RNCM, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester. M13 9RD


Markham and district band - Charity Concert for Hospice of the Valleys

Friday 24 January • The Met Theatre, Mitre Street, Abertillery. NP131AL


Black Dyke Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Saturday 25 January • 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9 RD


Poulton-le-Fylde Band

January 20 • Poulton-le-Fylde Band (based near Blackpool in North-West), vacancies for Soprano Cornet & Kit player. Our friendly band offers a good mix of contests/concerts. We are also flexible and welcome players of all ages/abilities


Farnworth and Walkden Band

January 20 • WANTED! Principal Cornet, Soprano Cornet and Principal Tenor Trombone required to join an enthusiastic and friendly North West 2nd Section band. We pride ourselves on supporting young talent to progress. Rehearsals Monday and Wednesday 8-9.45pm.


Amesbury Town Band

January 20 • Required:. Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument


Simon Gresswell


Conductor, adjudicator, tutor, tuba specialist


               

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