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2012 4BR Awards — CD/DVD of the Year

Which recordings made you want to replace anything by X Factor wannabe Rylan on your ipod with a brass band recording during 2012?

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Perhaps it is getting harder to come up with brass band CDs that really capture the imagination, but once again 2012 was not a vintage year – with so many releases lacking inspiration and originality.

Once again there were plenty of worthy efforts, but at £15.00 or more a pop, CD and DVD prices for brass band recordings are now far too high for what are in many cases by no means a premium product.

One DVD nomination once again showed that brass bands have a long way to go to match the visual brilliance of the best brass ensembles. 

Still, there were a few real gems - and these were our pick to consider.


MasqueradeMasquerade
Foden's Band
Conductors: Howard Snell & Allan Withington
Doyen Recordings: CD297
Total Playing Time: 67.23
 

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd503.asp#.UN7p3G8j7CY

Foden’s in superb form on four works that demanded an intuitive appreciation of musical style as well as substance – something that was given in spades.

In reviewing it on 4BR, Malcolm Wood called it,‘...a recording to savour from a band and a brace of conductors at the very zenith of their musical powers.’

You cannot disagree.


King ArthurThe Legend of King Arthur
Foden's Band
Conductor: Michael Fowles
Doyen Recordings: CD305
Total Playing Time: 63.17

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd514.asp#.UN7q3W8j7CY

Foden’s once more on superlative form – giving performances of the works of Dr Peter Meechan that send a shudder down the spine.

In reviewing it, Malcolm Wood summed it up succinctly: ‘With Foden’s delivering such convincing, compelling performances under Michael Fowles this is a release of quality and influence that deserves the undoubted accolades that will surely come its way.’

He was not wrong.


PicturesPictures
Black Dyke
Conductor: Dr Nicholas Childs
Featuring: Ian McMillan & The Manchester Chorale
Doyen Recordings: CD299
Total Playing Time: 70.09

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd506.asp#.UN7r7m8j7CY

A relay of fabulously colourful performances from Black Dyke on a release that encompasses everything from the ‘Four Minute Mile’ to a stroll around Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’.

Reviewer Daniel Wilmott was left deeply impressed; ‘...it provides the band with a glorious opportunity to prove their Olympian reputation is fully justified on every atmospheric canvas of a gold medal release,’ he wrote.

Even Seb Coe would have been jealous with the end result.


Out of this WorldOut of this World
Cory Band
Conductor: Dr Robert Childs
Doyen Recordings: CD294
Total Playing Time: 70 min approx

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd492.asp#.UN7thG8j7CY

The crowning glory of the conducting tenure of Dr Robert Childs at Cory – this was a recording that simply took the breath away on works that demanded and got, performances of the rarest brilliance.

As reviewer Chris Thomas wrote; ‘In fact it is difficult to imagine a more brilliantly executed or fitting farewell to Cory from Dr Robert Childs as this.

The title, ‘Out of This World’ might just prove to be the banding understatement of the year.’ 


War of the WorldsWar of the Worlds
Brighouse & Rastrick
Conductor: Professor David King
Doyen Recordings: CD303
Total playing time: 63.15mins

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/cds/cd501.asp#.UN7ulG8j7CY

Brighouse and David King take a journey through some of the most unexpected musical terrain of Peter Graham – and it’s a trip that showcases the talents of both the composer and the band to brilliant effect – thanks to the MDs superb direction.

As Malcolm Wood described it in his review on 4BR; ‘It's been quite a time since David King led a band on a major recording release – and the wait has been well worthwhile.’


DVD: Blofeld
Mnozil Brass

The DVD of Mnozil’s latest breathtaking production is nothing short of sensational.

Nothing more to be said really – although don’t just take the 4BR Editor’s word for it...

www.4barsrest.com/reviews/concerts/con814.asp#.UN7xBm8j7CY

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Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD


Enfield Citadel Band -

Saturday 25 November • The Salvation Army. 42 Clarence Road. Southend. SS1 1AN SS1 1AN


Contest: Swiss National Championships

Saturday 25 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820


Newstead Brass -

Saturday 25 November • John Godber Centre. Ogle Street. Hucknall. Nottingham NG15 7FQ


Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE


Blidworth Welfare Band

November 21 • The Blidworth Welfare band, Midlands Championship section, require a 2nd cornet player to join our friendly but ambitious and hardworking band. A good programme of concerts, recordings and contests will provide an enjoyable challenge.


Blidworth Welfare Band

November 21 • The Blidworth Welfare band, Midlands Championship section, require a principal cornet player to join our friendly but ambitious and hardworking band. . A good programme of concerts, recordings and contests will provide an enjoyable challenge.


The Corsham Band

November 21 • With promotion to the 2nd Section from January 2018 the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.


John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor