Winds of Nagual
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|2. Tempo Di Valse|
|6. No Shadow Of Turning|
|7. The Desert: Don Juan Emerges From The Mountains|
|8. Carlos Meets Don Juan: First Conversation|
|9. Don Genaro Appears|
|10. Don Genaro Satirizes Carlos|
|11. Carlos Stares At The Water And Becomes A Bubble|
|12. The Gait Of Power|
|13. Asking Twilight For Calmness And Power|
|14. Don Juan Clowns For Carlos|
|15. Last Conversation And Farewell|
|16. Flight Of The Bumblebee|
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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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).