Started by Dundonnell, December 18, 2008, 05:06:42 PM
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Quote from: Roasted Swan on December 17, 2023, 10:21:59 AMFor me Butterworth's most original (possibly enduring) voice is his Brass Band music which is genuinely very fine. I enjoy his orchestral music/the symphonies but they are just a bit too "sounds like" to be of lasting worth.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on December 18, 2023, 02:27:51 AMThe "main" disc of Butterworth for Brass is this one;top-notch performances by top-notch players of some really idiomatic and fine music. Then there are individual pieces included in a couple of band "recital" discs;The BIS disc includes his "Tritons" suite and the Foden's disc "Odin - From the Land of Fire and Ice" suite. Again fine music very well-played (and both part of interesting/enjoyable recitals)Its not that I think Butterworth's Brass music is substantively BETTER than his other music. Just that in - say - the crowded field of British 20th Century Symphonies, his music, enjoyable though it is, is not as distinctive as others. I remember the 1st time I heard the Bostock coupling of his No.1 and Gipps' No.2. I enjoyed both works a lot but the Gipps was/is the work that sticks more in my memory. In the field of Brass band music there are many fine composers/arrangers - Edward Gregson stands out for one - but Butterworth's music here is not just good but more original within the genre.
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