CSO Resound - Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Live
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, brass section, Jay Friedman, Mark Ridenour, Christopher Martin, John Hagstrom, Michael Mulcahy, Dale Clevenger & Tony Kniffen
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I have anticipated this release for months and am so glad it is it here. This is beautiful brass playing! The one negative review I read said there were intonation/rhythmic problems. I have listened to the entire performance all the way through almost twice now and have not noticed any noticeable intonation or rhythmic problems. In fact its the opposite - the intonation and rhythmic integrity of the CSO brass is quite impressive. One of the most impressive parts of this performance is the musicality of this brass section - the phrasing in the lyrical sections of Lincolnshire Posy is just gorgeous.
Great performances by the best Brass Section on the Planet.
CSO Brass in Excellent Form
I think every high school and college brass instructor would benefit by having this recording available for their students. It's a veritable clinic on how to produce beautiful, controlled tone quality, blend, balance and focused sound at all dynamic levels. The CSO brass are famous for their ability to peel the paint off the walls, but in my opinion, their ability to play pianissimo passages and still 'sing' is what places them in the top shelf of orchestral brass. Interestingly, some of the same CSO players who played on the legendary 1968 Gabrielli recording are also on this session; and they are true masters of their craft!