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Winds of Nagual

Ohio State University Wind Symphony , Various Audio CD

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The work that gives this disc its name, Michael Colgrass' Winds of Nagual, was inspired by the writings of Carlos Castaneda and his experiences with a Yaqui Indian sorcerer, delving into the secrets of pre-Columbian wisdom. David Gillingham's No Shadow of

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5.0 out of 5 stars Winds of Nagual - Good stuff. Aug. 2 2007
By Stephenlwalter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am new to the American band scene and am blown away (pardon the pun) by the standard of the playing. What also impressed me about this album is the selection of music. I was hoping for some serious music (and I got it in the title tracks) but as a bonus I have fallen in love with the piece "Shadow of Turning" based on the hymn "Great is thy Faithfulness". The playing throughout the CD is warm, balanced and tight. The tone colours are simply beautiful. I Love It! Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dvorak is breathtaking Feb. 25 2010
By Christopher Farrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been trying to expand the amount of band music in my collection, and I bought this album mainly because I am an Ohio State alum and Dvorák is usually pretty reliable. I was unprepared for just how beautiful this wind adaptation of his Serenade for Strings is. It's almost hard to believe that this isn't the original, and I think I like it better than his actual, later Serenade for Winds (which is the inspiration for the arrangement). I usually associate Dvorák with his grand, epic symphonies, but the Serenade is friendly, lively, and personal. The addition of the cello and string bass to the traditional winds is a stroke of genius, adding a rich, vibrant texture to the ensemble while still retaining the primary focus on the traditional sounds of the various wind instruments. All the music on the album is performed at a very high level; I play clarinet, and some of those clarinet bits are rather tricky, but here are performed with grace. If you are a fan of smaller wind ensemble music, this absolutely belongs in your collection next to Sabine Meyer's wind ensemble recordings (such as Mozart: Wind Serenades) and Dvorák: Serenade for Winds, Op. 44; String Quartet No. 13.

The Winds of Nagual is a modern piece, very dissonant and at times grating, but there is melody here as well. Perhaps softened up by the brilliance of the Dvorák, the Winds of Nagual has grown on me, and a quick trip to Wikipedia for some background on the piece and the original writings it was inspired by helped me to appreciate it. It's some work to like, and not something I'm going to pop into the CD player on a whim, but I do like it.

No Shadow of Turning is, in my opinion, the weakest piece on the CD. It's not bad, but it's pretty straight-ahead concert band material, not particularly lyrical and not working its themes with any particular inspiration. It's OK but didn't make that much of an impression on me.

The repertoire for band is tricky, as the number of classic pieces is small and uninspired arrangement of orchestral music are often the currency we deal in. This CD is the best of band music in microcosm, an intriguing but challenging modern work for band (Winds of Nagual) alongside a brilliant arrangement of a piece originally for strings (Dvorák Serenade).

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