Fanfares Onyx Brass

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Album info

Album-Release:
2018

HRA-Release:
30.11.2018

Label: Chandos

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • Anonymous, Herbert Howells (1892 - 1983):
  • 1Fanfare for Schools (Arr. for Brass Ensemble & Percussion)00:52
  • Malcolm Arnold (1921 - 2006):
  • 2Festival Fanfare01:16
  • 3Kingston Fanfare00:33
  • 4A Richmond Fanfare00:33
  • 5Railway Fanfare01:32
  • 6Fanfare for a Royal Occasion01:17
  • Arthur Bliss (1891 - 1975):
  • 7Fanfare to Precede the National Anthem00:32
  • Anonymous, Arthur Bliss:
  • 8God Save the Queen (Arr. A. Bliss for Brass Ensemble)00:55
  • Arthur Bliss
  • 9The Right of the Line Fanfare01:26
  • 10Fanfare for the Princess Anne00:59
  • 11High Sheriff's Fanfare00:28
  • 12A Salute to Painting Fanfare01:20
  • 13Research Fanfare01:32
  • 14Peace Fanfare00:38
  • 15Let the People Sing Fanfare00:22
  • 6 Brilliant Fanfares:
  • 166 Brilliant Fanfares: No. 1 "Fanfare for a Dignified Occasion"00:28
  • Arthur Bliss:
  • 17Fanfare for Heroes01:46
  • 18Homage to Shakespeare Fanfare01:07
  • 19Birthday Fanfare for Sir Henry Wood01:17
  • Michael Tippett (1905 - 1998):
  • 20Fanfare No. 300:57
  • 21Fanfare No. 4 "The Wolf Trap Fanfare"01:09
  • Granville Bantock (1868 - 1946):
  • 22Fanfare for 4 Trumpets00:22
  • Eric Coates (1886 - 1957):
  • 23Fanfare No. 100:24
  • 24Fanfare No. 200:35
  • Haydn Wood (1882 - 1959): 6 Brilliant Fanfares:
  • 256 Brilliant Fanfares: Fanfare No. 300:47
  • Haydn Wood, M. Roberts (b. 1963): 6 Fanfares (Arr. M. Roberts):
  • 266 Fanfares (Arr. M. Roberts): No. 1, Con spirito00:20
  • 276 Fanfares (Arr. M. Roberts): No. 2, Moderato00:21
  • 286 Fanfares (Arr. M. Roberts): No. 3, Moderato00:23
  • 296 Fanfares (Arr. M. Roberts): No. 4, Moderato00:23
  • 306 Fanfares (Arr. M. Roberts): No. 5, Moderato00:29
  • 316 Fanfares (Arr. M. Roberts): No. 6, Con spirito e ritmico00:23
  • Imogen Holst (1907 - 1984):
  • 32Fanfare for Thaxted03:02
  • 33Fanfare for the Grenadier Guards02:25
  • Leiston Suite:
  • 34Leiston Suite: I. Entry Music. Brilliant & Energetic00:44
  • 35Leiston Suite: II. Jig. Quick & Light00:41
  • 36Leiston Suite: III. Interlude. Cheerful & Energetic00:56
  • 37Leiston Suite: IV. Slow Air. Very Slow & Expressive02:00
  • 38Leiston Suite: V. March, to the Tune of Kettle-Drum. Cheerful & Energetic01:51
  • Albert William Ketèlbey (1875 - 1959):
  • 39Coronation Fanfare00:50
  • 40Fanfare for a Naval Occasion No. 100:58
  • 41Fanfare for a Naval Occasion No. 200:36
  • 42Fanfare for Victory01:17
  • 43Fanfare for the Royal Artillery00:54
  • 44Short Fanfare for the Air Force00:33
  • 45Fanfare for a Ceremonial Occasion00:57
  • Hamilton Harty (1879 - 1941):
  • 46Fanfare00:21
  • Frederic Curzon (1899 - 1973): 6 Brilliant Fanfares:
  • 476 Brilliant Fanfares: No. 5 "Fanfare for a Merry Occasion"00:22
  • 486 Brilliant Fanfares: No. 6 "Westminster"00:43
  • 496 Brilliant Fanfares: No. 4, —00:26
  • Elisabeth Lutyens (1906 - 1983):
  • 50Fanfare for a Festival04:18
  • Arnold Bax (1883 - 1953), Graham Parlett:
  • 51Hosting at Dawn Fanfare (Arr. G. Parlett for Brass Ensemble)00:36
  • Arnold Bax:
  • 52Fanfare for a Cheerful Occasion00:51
  • 2 Fanfares for Show Business:
  • 532 Fanfares for Show Business: No. 1, Moderato - Allargando00:54
  • 542 Fanfares for Show Business: No. 2, Con brio00:27
  • Royal Wedding Fanfares:
  • 55Royal Wedding Fanfares: No. 1, Con brio00:49
  • 56Royal Wedding Fanfares: No. 2, Moderato01:30
  • Arnold Bax:
  • 57Salute to Sydney01:11
  • Joseph Horovitz (b. 1926):
  • 58Graduation Fanfare No. 202:09
  • Total Runtime57:47

Info for Fanfares

Among all the many Chandos brass recordings, each release having played a major role in the labels successful history, this one may well be the loudest.

In the vast acoustic of St Judes Church, London, rendered in surround-sound, and in the largest ensemble format to which it has ever expanded, Onyx Brass, under the energetic direction of John Wilson, brings together four dozen fanfares by fourteen British composers of the past century and a half.

Including works by Arnold, Bax, Bliss, Imogen Holst Ketèlbey, and Tippett with numerous premiere recordings, this album is an unmissable celebration of stirring, brilliant, joyous, exciting, varied, sometimes military, and always optimistic music.

Recording of the Month: “This really is a superb disc – a veritable box of delights or a horn(!) of plenty… John Wilson proves himself to be a deft and intelligent interpreter of this music which he allows to push on in flamboyant display or swagger with burnished grandeur as the mood demands. The playing of the expanded Onyx brass is of exactly the right kind of easy virtuosity and blazing brilliance. As mentioned, the liner is full of useful and valuable information about both composers and music. St Jude-on-the-hill is an ideal recording venue lending the ensemble richness without undue resonance. The Chandos SA-CD 5.0 engineering (I listened in SA-CD stereo) is very good, being truthful without any added excess glamour. For admirers of British brass writing and performing this will be a reference disc for many years to come. Yes, of course, this is something of a niche programme – and thank you to Chandos for filling that niche, but it is certainly one of the highlights of my listening year to date.” (Nick Barnard, MusicWeb-International)

“… As you would expect from an ensemble of the kudos and personnel of Onyx Brass, the playing is exemplary throughout, as are Chandos’s customary superb production standards allied to a vibrant recorded sound, beautiful presentation and highly informative liner notes. John Wilson’s first foray conducting brass musicians also emerges as a great success… a vital testimony of a significant, yet neglected creative art form that is unique to the world of brass… not to be missed.” (Christopher Thomas, Brass Band World magazine)

Onyx Brass
John Wilson, conductor



Since 1993 Onyx Brass has been dominating the international brass chamber music world. Dubbed "easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain " by BBC Music magazine, it has performed at festivals all over Europe and the USA to huge critical acclaim. The group was conceived by way of filling the huge gap in the market for a serious yet approachable brass chamber ensemble.

Of particular importance to Onyx is the commissioning of new music and, to this end, they have performed and recorded world premieres of music by Jonathan Dove, Bob Chilcott, John Tavener, John McCabe, Judith Bingham, Joe Duddell and Michael Nyman.

Individual members of the group hold permanent, principal positions in The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of English National Opera, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. The quintet performs regularly on BBC Radios 2 and 3. In its history, the ensemble has won numerous grants, competitions and scholarships as well as having played for The Queen and Prime Ministers Tony Blair and, before him, John Major.

Onyx Brass are also very active and experienced in the field of music education, having conducted workshops and master classes for a huge range of people. They have directed educational days at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In the USA, they have carried out masterclasses at the Juilliard School in New York and the Boston Conservatory. In addition, the group returned to its roots at the National Youth Orchestra for a day and coached the talented young brass students for a cooperative concert held that evening. Onyx Brass have just been appointed ensemble-in-residence at both Westminster Abbey Choir School and Imperial College, University of London.

During 2000-01 they took part in a Making Music (formerly the National Federation of Music Societies) New Horizons educational tour around Britain , with specially commissioned music by Bob Chilcott called 'A Sporting Chance' for brass quintet, school choir, actors and dancers. In 2002, with the assistance of ING Barings and Hackney Music Services, they took a similar project into schools within the London Borough of Hackney. Between the Summers of 2004 and 2005, Onyx, again, took 'A Sporting Chance' to various festivals and societies around the UK , thanks to a grant from the Arts Council of Great Britain. The group intends to rejuvenate this project in the run-up to the London Olympics in 2012. br>
Work with choirs now also forms a vital part of Onyx’s work. In recent times the group has worked with the BBC Singers, the Brighton Festival Chorus, the Choir of St Brides, Fleet Street as well as superb amateur choirs including the choir of Selwyn College,Cambridge. The John Armitage Memorial trust forms the backbone of this work and, also, provides a platform for composers to submit works for inclusion in to each years series of concerts.

Onyx have recorded several discs, including Fugue a recording of fugues by Bach and Shostakovich (Chandos Records) and two titles for Meridian Records - Pavans Fantasias Variations and Time to Time.

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