“Under the Spell of Spain” – Superbrass – Superbrass

by | Mar 13, 2012 | Classical CD Reviews

“Under the Spell of Spain” – Superbrass – Superbrass SBCD1, 1.1 hrs. [www.superbrass.co.uk] ****:
If you’re a fan of lighter music for brass you’ll love this CD for what is evidently a brass quintet plus percussion. As its cover says, it was inspired by the vibrant country and people of Spain. Roger Argente is the executive producer and also the trombonist in the British ensemble.
They do 16 selections here, all cleverly arranged and beautifully played, with excellent sonics. Here’s a video you can watch of the group in action. Kudos to the group for being honest about the numbering of their very first CD.  I would like to tell you more about Superbrass and their music, but their note booklet is printed in even smaller type than the booklets of reissues which reproduce what was once on 12-inch LP jackets down to the five-inch booklet, and I’ve mislaid my magnifying glass. So you’ll have to take my word for it being of interest.
TrackList:
Track 1. Como Poden Per Sas Culpas – composed by Anon, arranged by Jock McKenzie
Track 2. Tientos y Danzas / 1st Movement – composed by Gareth Wood
Track 3. Tientos y Danzas / 2nd Movement – composed by Gareth Wood
Track 4. Tientos y Danzas / 3rd Movement – composed by Gareth Wood
Track 5. Tientos y Danzas / 4th Movement – composed by Gareth Wood
Track 6. Dindirindin – composed by Anon, arranged by Jock McKenzie
Track 7. Fugatango – composed by Steve Waterman
Track 8. Air des Espagnoles – composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully, arranged by Jock McKenzie
Track 9. Donde el Mar Saluda al Cielo – composed by Mark Bassey
Track 10. Homenaje a Don Luis de Victoria – composed by Luis Tomas de Victoria, arranged by David Powell
Track 11. Los Canarios – composed by Gaspar Sanz arranged by David Powell
Track 12. Juanear – composed by Jim Rattigan
Track 13. La Perla Negra – composed by Colin Skinner
Track 14. Dulcinea – composed by David Powell
Track 15. Castles in Spain – composed by Mark Lockheart
Track 16. Malaguena – composed by Ernesto Lecuona, arranged by Stuart Malcolm
—John Sunier

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