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The Ken Smith Players | CELEBRATION — CD


The Ken Smith Players | CELEBRATION — CD

Audio/visual Publication year: 2021

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A tribute album featuring Ken Smith's arrangements for brass band.

Performed by The Ken Smith Players with Peter Adams and Ken Young, Directors of Music.

Track listing:

  1. Paul Dukas | Fanfare to Ballet 'La Péri'
  2. Manuel de Falla | Danze Rituelle del Fuego
  3. Sergei Bolotin | Scherzo
  4. Thomas Tallis | Third Mode Melody
  5. Léo Delibes | Prelude & Duet from Lakmé
  6. Ermanno Wolf Ferrari | Intermezzo from Jewels of the Madonna
  7. Sergei Rachmaninov/Ottorino Respighi | La Foire (Étude-Tableau op.36)
  8. Rheinhold Glière | Russian Sailors Dance from The Red Poppy
  9. Francesco Rosselli | Chorale
  10. George Frideric Handel | Overture from Rodelinda
  11. Princess Te Rangi Pai | Hine E Hine
  12. Pyotr IIyich Tchaikowsky | Danse Napolitaine from Swan Lake
  13. Joseph-Hector Fiocco | Allegro
  14. Gioachino Rossini | Scherzo
  15. Hans Lengfelder | Tropical Trumpets
  16. Henryk Górecki | Totus Tuus

As a cornet/trumpet player Ken Smith (1930–2018) was without peer in New Zealand history, and his arrangements for brass band show an intimate knowledge of brass instruments and of combinations and colours within the ensemble. Nearly all of his arrangements are transcriptions of orchestral pieces, and he was fastidious in maintaining the contrasts of different orchestral colours and groupings in his brass band versions. The arrangements show a thoughtful and sensitive approach in which the arranging challenges of each orchestral work are given a unique solution.

This tribute album features sixteen of Ken Smith's arrangements for brass band, performed by The Ken Smith Players.