Gaudete Brass Quintet

Sevenfive: The John Corigliano Effect

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The Corigliano Effect described in the title of this Cedille release is not an abstract conception: all the composers who appear with Corigliano himself on the program have been his students or protégés. The program was derived from a 75th-birthday celebration concert mounted for Corigliano in 2013. The idea is a good one: Corigliano has been one of America's most successful composers over the last quarter-century, and his work rests on several pillars that may be, and are being, developed in new ways. Chicago's Gaudete Brass has arranged works and commissioned them where necessary to explore these new directions in the brass quintet format. All the works are recorded here for the first time except for one, and you can easily imagine several of these works taking their place in, say, university environments that favor brass ensembles. Consider Jonathan Newman's Prayers of Steel, which applies Corigliano's programmatic gift and his jazz influences to the "City of the Big Shoulders," Chicago. You could sample Steven Bryant's Sevenfive, which refines Corigliano's basically neoclassical harmonic procedures (the title refers to the intervals of a seventh and a fifth). And Corigliano's knack for writing for instruments is reflected in Jeremy Howard's Roar, which exploits the growling quality of brasses in their lowest registers. It's an attractive package whose listed supporters in the booklet include U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and it's recommended to anyone who likes Corigliano and thinks he points the way toward the future of American classical music.

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