By National Brass Ensemble; David Bilger; Jeffrey Curnow; Thomas Hooten; Mark J. Inouye; Adam Luftman; Chris Martin; Michael Martin; Thomas Rolfs; Michael Sachs; Richard King; Jennifer Montone; James Sommerville; Robert Ward; Gail Williams; Joseph Alessi; Ni. By Giovanni Gabrieli; John Williams. Classical. Hybrid SACD. Published by Naxos (NX.OC15-04).
The National Brass Ensemble is comprised of the finest brass players in major orchestras across the United States. There are twenty-six members most of whom currently hold principal positions in the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.Â
Repertoire includes excerpts from Giovanni Gabrieli's innovative Sacrae symphoniae (1597), arranged for this ensemble by San Francisco Symphony trombonist Tim Higgins, and the debut of Music for Brass, a new work by celebrated film composer John Williams.
Generously supported by Oberlin alumnus Dr. Joseph Markoff and his wife Phyllis, the recording has been inspired by an historic, Grammy Award-winning recording, The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli, featuring the legendary brass ensembles of the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. It has been long admired as the
definitive modern performance of Giovanni Gabrieli's works.
National Brass Ensemble:
Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic
David Bilger, Principal Trumpet, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Jeffrey Curnow, Associate Principal Trumpet, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Marc Damoulakis, Principal Percussion, The Cleveland Orchestra
Nitzan Haroz, Principal Trombone, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Randall Hawes, Bass Trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Tim Higgins, Principal Trombone, San Francisco Symphony
Thomas Hooten, Principal Trumpet, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Mark J. Inouye, Principal Trumpet, San Francisco Symphony
Richard King, Principal Horn, The Cleveland Orchestra
Massimo La Rosa, Principal Trombone, The Cleveland Orchestra
Adam Luftman, Principal Trumpet, San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras
James Markey, Bass Trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Chris Martin, Principal Trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Martin, Trumpet, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Michael Mulcahy, Trombone, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Gene Pokorny, Principal Tuba; Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Rolfs, Principal Trumpet, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Mike W. Roylance, Principal Tuba, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Michael Sachs, Principal Trumpet, The Cleveland Orchestra
James Sommerville, Principal Horn, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Yasuhito Sugiyama, Principal Tuba, The Cleveland Orchestra
Robert Ward, Principal Horn, San Francisco Symphony
Gail Williams, former Associate Principal Horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Paul Yancich, Principal Timpani, The Cleveland Orchestra.