Black Dyke Band - Electra British Product Audio Samples Available

Electra by Black Dyke Band

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Brass Band, Album
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Acclaimed brass band performing somewhat questionable material.

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  1. 1. Electra - Lust For Revenge
  2. 2. Electra - Laments
  3. 3. Electra - Dance To Death
  4. 4. One Star - Sailing West
  5. 5. Canite Tuba
  6. 6. Radio City - City Noir
  7. 7. Radio City - Cafe Rouge
  8. 8. Radio City - Two-Minute Mile
  9. 9. Vita Aeterna Variations - Intro & Theme (Adagio)
  10. 10. Vita Aeterna Variations - Variation 1 (Allegro Energico)
  11. 11. Vita Aeterna Variations - Variation 2 (Tempo Di Valse In Modo Subdolo)
  12. 12. Vita Aeterna Variations - Variation 3 (Allergro Tempestuoso)
  13. 13. Vita Aeterna Variations - Variation 4 (Largo)
  14. 14. Vita Aeterna Variations - Variation 5 (Adagio)
  15. 15. Vita Aeterna Variations - Variation 6 ((Alla Marcia)
  16. 16. Vita Aeterna Variations - Fugue & Apotheosis (Allegro Vivace)
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Reviewed by Stephen Luff

The Black Dyke Band has achieved many things in their 100 plus year existence, including working with such artists as Paul McCartney, The Beautiful South and Peter Gabriel. Featured on this album are two conductors with impressive reputations, Dr Nicholas J Childs (previous Senior Tutor in Brass Band Studies at the Northern College Of Music) and Dr Robert B Childs (current Director of Brass Band Studies at the Royal Welsh College Of Music). The result is, as you would expect, superb. However, what is more problematic is the subject matter which won't connect with many Christians. The opener in three movements, "Electra", is a mostly fast and energetic piece based on a bloodthirsty play centred on a Greek myth by Sophocles. With movement titles such as "Lust For Revenge" and "Dance To Death", it boggles the mind! "Vita Aeterna Variations" in its mostly gentle format, in seven movements explores the subject of ongoing life combined with the Hindu/Buddhist concept of Karma. However, there is no doubting the quality of the music here; "Canite Tuba" ("Sound Of The Trumpet"), premiered last year, is just one example with its energetic playing which only a band of this calibre could play well. There is also a narrative (that feels a little out of place) based in a 1940 detective style with references to Glen Miller, accompanied with outstanding music. The quality of musicianship on display here is excellent despite the strange subject material.

Style: Brass Band
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 138656
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Doyen 25295
Items: 1
Release Date: 2013

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