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CD review: Rise

Lode Violet & Kevin Van Giel
Brass Band Willebroek
Conductor: Frans Violet
MIRA Recordings: 89150-2

Rise

Brass Band Willebroek remain the dominant competitive force in Belgian banding - testament to the inspirational leadership of its founder, Frans Violet.

This CD showcases two musicians who have developed into world class brass band players under his direct guidance; his principal cornet son Lode and solo euphonium player Kevin Van Giel.

They are gifted performers; robust, exact techniques allied to pliant musicality, each with the ability to mould their playing styles to suit the repertoire on show – from the forceful to the fragile, the flamboyant to the restrained. 

Accomplished

The accomplished sheen of confidence is helped throughout by the precise ensemble accompaniment; shaped with a sympathetic hand by the MD to allow the solo focal point to remain well-defined, despite the rather heavy scoring of many of the ten, stylistically varied tracks.   

Van Giel’s maturity as an interpreter of major works is self evident in his contributions. 

His richly toned presence holds the attention throughout Claude Smith’s Latinesque ‘Rondo’, the aggravated scalic dialogue of the first movement of Linkola’s, ‘Euphonium Concerto’, the high tessitura Nordic melancholy of ‘Song’ by Frode Rydland and the dreamily jazz inflected (and touchingly personal) ‘Lullaby for Nelle’.     

The accomplished sheen of confidence is helped throughout by the precise ensemble accompaniment; shaped with a sympathetic hand by the MD to allow the solo focal point to remain well-defined, despite the rather heavy scoring of many of the ten, stylistically varied tracks.   

Emerging

Violet’s is a prodigiously talented, if still emerging individual voice (he is still only 24). 

The bravura of Christopher Bond’s ‘Hypnagogia’ and the lively ‘Rhapsody for Cornet’ are complemented by the lyrical infusions of ‘A Pacific Melody’ and the cleverly realised dichotomies of unsettling drive and positive hopefulness of Jonathan Bates’ ‘Cornet Concerto’.  The youthful vigour occasionally has a harsh edge, but the artistic chamfers will surely come. 

An engaging release closes with the interwoven delights of Stijn Aertgeerts’ ‘Rise’ - an innovative twist on the traditional duet form that bubbles with fused energy and joyfulness. 

Iwan Fox


To purchase:
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Play list:

1. Rondo (Claude T. Smith) 
2. A Pacific Melody (Christopher Bond)
3. Euphonium Concerto: Part 1 (Jukka Linkola, arr. Nick Van Elsen)
4. Song (Frode Rydland)
5. Hypnagogia ( Daniel Hall)
6. Rhapsody for Cornet (Roger Derongé)
7. Lullaby for Nelle (Jelle Van Giel)
8. Cornet Concerto (Jonathan Bates)
i. Dystopia
ii. Utopia
10. Rise (Stijn Aertgeerts)

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