Frederick Fennell - Holst: Suite No. 1 in E-Flat - Suite No. 2 in F - Handel: Music for the Royal Firworks - Bach: Fantasia in G - Frederick Fennell & The Cleveland Symphonic Winds
- Genre: Classical
- Release Date: 1983-06-01
- Explicitness: notExplicit
- Country: USA
- Track Count: 13
- ℗ 1978 Telrac
Frederick Fennell - Holst: Suite No. 1 in E-Flat - Suite No. 2 in F - Handel: Music for the Royal Firworks - Bach: Fantasia in G - Frederick Fennell & The Cleveland Symphonic Winds Tracks
Frederick Fennell - Holst: Suite No. 1 in E-Flat - Suite No. 2 in F - Handel: Music for the Royal Firworks - Bach: Fantasia in G - Frederick Fennell & The Cleveland Symphonic Winds User Reviews
The Most Perfect Bass Drum!
Look no further for Holst's Suites. You have found the best possible recording. All others fail on the bass drum hit in the third movement of the First Suite. Since this is a Telarc recording, it's quite obvious the product you will be getting is sure to be fantastic. It's a shame that you can't hear the bass drum in any of these silly sampler tracks, but you won't be disappointed when you buy this. The Fireworks music is also quite spectacular. Please buy this now!
Can't imagine hearing Holst suites any other way!
I bought this album on vinyl back close to when it was new. I loved the sound quality and the punch of the bass, trombones, trumpet--all of it. I have since continued to hold Mr. Fennell in highest regard for his conducting of wind ensembles. This early Telarc digital recording was and is of the finest quality. I just wish it weren't limited by the compression of modern mp3/mp4 technologies. Still, I recommend the album.
This performance and its recording sets and achieves a brilliant standard!
I bought one of the original vinyl Telarc Discs of this recording in the early 80's. At the time, I was really into audiophile equipment, and I used the album to evaluate equipment. This recording's impact, clarity, and transparency, in combination with its brilliant direction and performances, set standards so high that, for me, it established a new paradigm of what could be achieved. I'm not aware of many recordings since then that have surpassed it. After a while, I came to realize how limited most recordings were, and eventually lost interest in high end equipment due to the limitations of commonly available material.
As I recall, when they recorded these performances, they put two microphones over the symphony, recorded the performances digitally, and didn't process or alter anything. The equipment was designed to simply replicate the sounds as faithfully as possible. This recording is unbelievably clear and dynamic, free of any kind of distortion or coloration. It hasn't been compressed, limited, or processed in any way. It sounds fine played through normal audio equipment, but its sound is transcendent when played on a great system. Every detail and nuance comes through, the percussion most prominently.
For me, the performances are inspired; combined with amazing recording quality, this work is my reference standard to this day. I thought the industry would quickly embrace this technology, but as it turned out, it has been very slow to adapt it. (Even now, most popular music is recorded in analog and later converted to digital.) I tried for years to find other recordings from other artists that had comparable levels of execution, to my continuing disappointment. Don't listen to it through an audiophile system, unless you want to test the limits of the equipment's capabilities, or realize the limitations of most other recordings.
A heritage record
This CD is in more than one respect a historical event: Freddie first got after his legendary Mercury recordings both a renowned label and players of one of the best symphony orchestras of the world for this enterprise of recording some of the band standards in a reference version. Telarc in those days wanted to show what is possible in digital recording - the first release was still no CD but an ordinary record. The dynamic range of the record was in those times rather killing for some record players. Freddie helped the company with pushing the edge of percussion use - especially in tracks 11 and 13 of the royal fireworks. This sure was not authentic but blew your ears off. - mk
trumpet needs to play softer
By guy that helps
bad balance in the higher brass not a really good recording.
Love This Like Nothing Else
As a long past member of the "band" I am in awe of this piece. I fell in love with it way back in the early 80's...bought the album, then another when I wore the first one out...then bought the CD. Then lost the CD. The piece is great and the execution is fantastic.
This came out at the beginning of the digital recording age. What a quantum leap it was to hear digital for the first time! If you have a good stereo just wait till you hear the base drum (No.1, III). It will loosen the nails from your house.
Suite for Military Band No. 2 in F Major is amazing. Holst was brilliant.
Very enjoyable Dramatic Classical
By 911 Trevor
This is the par I expect from the Best producers. Frederick is a modern day Composer that holds his own compared to the greats from the past. And the Cleveland symphonic winds are excellent!
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