GUNG-HO - Virtuoso Works for Trombone - David Bremner
Gung Ho was the winner of the Best Classical Album at the 2009 Vodafone NZ Music Awards.
On it’s release, William Dart, writing for the NZHerald on 4 May 2009, said:
“Gung-Ho is one classy production. Robert Catto’s cover image of a feather caught in time and space is as arresting as they come and David Bremner’s playlist shows just why he is one of our premier trombonists.
“The strengths of this album lie in the local, starting with Kenneth Young’s Panic, a solo workout which sets off placidly enough but soon lives up to its title.
“Anthony Ritchie’s Clouds, written last year for Bremner and the National Band of NZ, is a beautifully crafted piece, spectacularly recorded … Ritchie was inspired by cloud formations in the Morrinsville sky, likening the trombone to an aeroplane weaving its way through these clouds in a turbulent flight. Needless to say, Bremner is an exemplary pilot.
“Chris Gendall’s Gung-Ho scores high-tensile virtuosics for Bremner, Watkins and ace percussionist Lenny Sakofsky. Its stalking octaves and twitchy chords patrol an expressionist space and the group’s ensemble work is awe-inspiring.
“Gareth Farr’s Funambulistic Strains sets up Bremner as the solo tightrope athlete with the NZSO under James Judd, taking the album to a dazzling close.”
|Clouds, op.114||Anthony Ritchie|
|for solo trombone and brass band|
|Performed by David Bremner (trombone) with the National Band of New Zealand 2008, conducted by Howard Taylor|
|Funambulistic Strains||Gareth Farr|
|for trombone and orchestra|
|Performed by David Bremner (trombone) and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Judd|
|for trombone, percussion and piano|
|Performed by David Bremner (trombone), Sarah Watkins (piano), Leonard Sakofsky (percussion) and conducted by Doug Cross|
|for solo trombone|
|Performed by David Bremner (trombone)|
|Publisher Note:||Atoll Records|