1 (St Wenceslas Chapel - the ancient crown of Bohemia)
Well measured to open (and with sensible dynamic) bar 13 ~ Moves well. Two before 'A' ~ Effective Cornets. bar 25 ~ Why 8va Tubas? ~ it hides semi quaver detail somewhat. 'B' ~ Really super Cornet Solo. Flugel a little untidy in bars 47/48. bar 52 ~ Trombones/Euphonium incisive.
bar 65 ~ All detail well presented.
2 (Rabbi Low Creates the Golem)
Good start to '2' (but initial chord has untidy release) bar 84 ~ untidy in Cornets, bars 89/90 ~ better here. Trombone Solo has a few 'clicks ~ but is very well shaped. bar 107 ~ Tubas dovetailing of suspended note does not convince. bars 118/119 ~ Xylophone a little uneven. bar 120 ~ Really super Horn/Flugel group. bar 133 ~ builds well.
3 (Charles Bridge)
Very effective to open ~ but I don't like those 8va's in Tubas. Euphonium shapes well (just loses airflow a little though) Untidy in Euphonium semi's bars 155/156. 'G' ~ Really lovely Euphonium here. bar 165 ~ a bit 'scratchy' in Cornet crotchets. bar 168 ~ quite a good Soprano Solo.
bar 179 ~ links well in semi quavers. bar 182 ~ nice Flugel/Baritone/Horn group (mp) but accompaniments (p) rather heavy.
4 (Wenceslas Square ~ Defeat and Triumph)
Super into '4'. Neat & tidy (very incisive) bar 227 ~ flows well.
Super low brass at bar 231. 'L' ~ Very secure. This is convincing playing. bar 258 ~ Smooth Tubas (but why 8va?) Quaver detail is exact & it all builds so well. Solid conclusion.
16 March 2003
Best Principal Cornet John Gill Fishburn Band
Best Soprano Cornet EYMS Band
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