Much of the music of the renaissance is performed within the spacious acoustics of cathedrals; the music needs elbow room. But, a new recording came into my hands that shakes up that acoustic setting. Brass players will tell you how much they love playing in those huge spaces, with the envelope of sound mixed with the reverberation of space; it sends shivers up one's spine. And if you are a brass player, you know the difference when you move into a more modern performance space; the music of the renaissance simply can not be as enjoyable. This is music that needs the space to be, well, music.
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis:
Ralph Vaughan Williams Canadian Brass Flourishes And Meditations On A Renaissance Theme:
Michael Gandolfi US Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn Hic Est Filius Dei: Giovanni Gabrieli National Brass Ensemble, Gail Williams Praetorious Variations: James Curnow Shobi Wind Orchestra, James Curnow