Nigel Clarke: Mysteries of the Horizon

Nigel Clarke: Mysteries of the Horizon

by Grimethorpe Colliery BandGrimethorpe Colliery Band


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Quite aside from its movie-ready story (which in fact was the basis for the film Brassed Off), the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, until recently the house band of a coal mine, has continued to develop its talents in collaboration with a variety of contemporary composers. One is Nigel Clarke, with which the group has worked on an ongoing basis, but not all the music here was composed for the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Two works were written for the Brass Band Buizingen in Belgium, and one for perhaps the Grimethorpe's primary rival in Britain, the Black Dyke Mills Band. All of this information points toward the role the group has played in nurturing a body of virtuoso band music in Britain, and virtuoso is the key word here. All four of the works call for extremely athletic playing, not only for one or two players but across the ensemble, which generally moves in rapid multipart polyphony. The pieces are all programmatic and call for a variety of extended-technique effects, such as the windstorm sounds in the high-powered "Swift Severn's Flood" (2009). "Mysteries of the Horizon" is a cornet concerto ideally suited for players who want a really difficult one; it is inspired by a quartet of surrealist paintings by René Magritte. There's lots here for anyone interested in the brass band repertory, and Americans may be particularly intrigued. The orientation in Britain and Europe toward more progressive forms of contemporary band music is stronger than in the U.S., and for those who are just discovering this remarkable band, a treat is in store.

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Release Date: 04/10/2020
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313409778
catalogNumber: 8574097
Rank: 46233

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