SHADOWCATCHERAmerican Music for Brass, Winds and Percussion
Norman Dello Joio, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Joseph Turrin
WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE
Kimberly Reighley Flute; Henry Grabb Oboe; Karen Dannessa Clarinet; Jon Gaarder Bassoon; Gregory Riley Saxophone; Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski Trumpet; Terry Everson Trumpet; Robert Skoniczin Trumpet; Elizabeth Pfaffle Horn; Natalie Mannix Trombone; Jonathan Fowler Tuba; Christopher Hanning Percussion
World Premiere Recordings
"the level of their playing on the CD is all you'd expect from such a stellar group. The students are so good, you often can't distinguish them from their teachers. The performances crackle."
Steve Schwartz, ClassicalNet [July 2013]
“Ewazen’s is a compelling and individual voice, and I’m sure newcomers will be as gripped as I was by the level of invention and interest that goes far beyond the merely pictorial. Tautly written and tightly argued, this is one of the finest brass/wind combos I’ve heard in ages... kudos to Andrew Yozviak for holding it all together so well… Ewazen is a composer I’d like to hear from again; an encore from these Pennsylvanians would be very welcome too… Worth it for the main work alone; catch it if you can.”
Dan Morgan, MusicWeb International - April 2012
"The West Chester University of Pennsylvania has much to be proud of with this new release… coordinated by trumpet professor Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski, who has previously recorded for MSR with the innovative trumpet ensemble, Tromba Mundi… [In the Dello Joio] the WCU Wind Ensemble performs with a sense of awe and grandeur… the WCU Wind Ensemble plays brilliantly and is recorded with a robust and present sound… [In the] Double Concerto by Anthony Plog…Terry Everson and Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski are the trumpet soloists… The two players match perfectly… admirable performance of the soloists… [Joseph Turrin’s piece is] an exciting and provocative piece that shows off the WCU Music faculty with Wind Ensemble accompaniment in a concerto gross setting. The recorded sound is excellent and captures the nuances of each soloist’s performance with utmost clarity… [In Ewazen’s panoramic Shadowcatcher] the West Chester University Faculty Brass is captured with a more vibrant recorded sound, and their playing is simply outstanding. Balance in the brass quintet is perfect… this program is a resounding success, with excellent sound and brilliant performances."
Buerkle, American Record Guide - March/April 2012
"The best discovery in this sparkling new collection of wind ensemble works is the playing of the West Chester University Winds. The Pennsylvania ensemble, which has strong faculty ties to the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs wonderfully under the direction of Andrew Yozviak. Their ensemble playing is tight and unified in its attacks, its intonation and phrasing across all sections. This program also displays some wonderful but somewhat lesser known works in the repertoire for the genre... [In Anthony Plog's piece] Terry Everson and Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski play with appreciable technique and a nice flair for the mood... Shadowcatcher is a big panoramic and wholly satisfying concerto for brass quintet and wind ensemble... The sound is cinematic and captivating. There is a majesty to brass ensembles that serves the tone and intent of this work very well. In listening, it really does evoke the vistas of the open desert, the canyons and sudden forests. Like all of Ewazen’s work, it is truly audience-friendly and engaging. This is a very nice disc! Music such as this is the kind that can – and should – be listened to seriously and formally to appreciate the craft of its creation but it is the very nature of these types of wind ensemble pieces that allows one to be a casual listener as well. The performances are splendid and the music is a joy to listen to! The sound quality is excellent and MSR upholds its track record of finding a lot of excellent ensembles and repertory of this type."
Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition - December 2011
Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski currently teaches trumpet at West Chester University School of Music and is an active freelancer in the Philadelphia area. Having been raised in both Costa Rica and Switzerland, he regularly appears as guest artist and clinician throughout Europe, Central America and the United States. Dobrzelewski is the founder of the West Chester University Chapter of the International Trumpet Guild and the WCU Annual International Trumpet Festival. A prolific grant writer, Dobrzelewski has been awarded numerous grants to pursue musical projects, including this recording, which was partially funded by the NEA “Access to Artistic Excellence” grant. Dobrzelewski received a Prix de Trompette at the Conservatoire de Musique de Rueil-Malmaison in Paris, a Master of Music from the University of Maine and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Arizona State University, all in trumpet performance. Dobrzelewski is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician.
Andrew Yozviak - Director of Bands
Andrew Yozviak is the Director of Bands at West Chester University, where his primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, directing the Golden Rams Marching Band and teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting classes. Dr. Yozviak has earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, a Master of Music in Composition from Indiana University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from Rutgers University where he studied with William Berz. Dr. Yozviak maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, regularly presenting at conferences and workshops. His research in the area of eighteenth century Harmoniemusik has produced two modern editions of wind partitas by the Bohemian composer, Antonio Rosetti (1750-1792). His scholarly edition of Rosetti’s Partita in E-flat is published by Amadeus Verlag.
NORMAN DELLO JOIO (1913-2008)
SCENES FROM THE LOUVRE for Wind Ensemble
The Kings of France
The Nativity Paintings
ANTHONY PLOG (b.1947)
DOUBLE CONCERTO for Two Trumpets and Wind Ensemble
JOSEPH TURRIN (b.1947)
CONCERTINO for 11 Instruments and Wind Ensemble
ERIC EWAZEN (b.1954)
SHADOWCATCHER Concerto for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble
Offering to the Sun
The Vanishing Race
Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon