Music For Winds (2004)

Verda Stelo Music CD001

Live world premiere recordings of three contemporary classical works by David Gaines featuring wind instruments.

* One of the handful of works available for this combination, DUO for flute and tuba is performed with rhythmic energy by Elizabeth Sadilek and Mark Cox.

* Another relative rarity, the CONCERTINO for euphonium and concert band features this noble low brass instrument in a sensitive and vibrant work. Soloist Karl Schultz's performance is dazzling!

* Hailed by the Washington Post as "a milestone in the canon of symphonic band literature. . . .a substantial work that transcends cultural barriers;" by author/journalist Sebastian Junger as "a tremendous piece of work;" and by the Omaid Weekly as "a great success for all lovers of peace and prosperity," this is the exciting world premiere performance of David Gaines' acclaimed second symphony, THE LION OF PANJSHIR, written in honor of the slain Afghan resistance leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud.......Narrated by the former mujahedeen fighter, Massoud confidant, and former ambassador of Afghanistan to Japan, Haron Amin, with the Peabody Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Harlan Parker.

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Track Listing
[1] Duo for flute & tuba: 1 - Aggressive, with motion
[2] Duo for flute & tuba: 2 - Playful, with energy
[3] Duo for flute & tuba: 3 - Lazy and drawn out
[4] Duo for flute & tuba: 4 - Lively and dramatic
[5] Concertino for euphonium & concert band: 1 - a jester's promenade
[6] Concertino for euphonium & concert band: 2 - a shadow in the dark green depths
[7] Concertino for euphonium & concert band: 3 - a song for all seasons
[8] Concertino for euphonium & concert band: 4 - epilogue: a half-dream glowing
[9] The Lion of Panjshir (Symphony No. 2) for narrator & symphonic band:
       1 - The Lion of Panjshir: "My war is against war"
[10] The Lion of Panjshir (Symphony No. 2) for narrator & symphonic band:
       2 - Fire of Heart
[11] The Lion of Panjshir (Symphony No. 2) for narrator & symphonic band:
       3 - The Last Wall - The Death of Massoud
[12] The Lion of Panjshir (Symphony No. 2) for narrator & symphonic band:
       4 - "Now we are all Massoud"
[13] The Lion of Panjshir (Symphony No. 2) for narrator & symphonic band:
       Acknowledgements by conductor Harlan Parker