Saturday, 2 May 2015

EBBA is very proud to have been able to book the world famous German Brass for the 2nd half of the Gala Concert tonight.

German Brass



German Brass represents both tradition and progress, but above all the ensemble has for many years been a synonym for brass music at its highest level. A pioneer among German brass ensembles, German Brass has co-initiated the brass movement from its beginning in 1974 and his influenced it decisively ever since.

The members of German Brass are :

- Matthias Höfs
- Uwe Köller
- Werner Heckmann
- Christoph Baerwind
- Alexander Erbrich-Crawford
- Fritz Winter
- Uwe Füssel
- Wolfgang Gaag
- Klaus Wallendorf > tonight replaced by Phillip Römer
- Stefan Ambrosius  

German Brass has succeeded in creating diversity in unity, i.e. to work the miracle of producing a unique, unmistakable collective sound with ten individuals and renowned soloists from outstanding top-class German orchestra’s. As an ensemble it plays transparant chamber music, but with symphonic magnificence and dynamics that only the best brass instrumentalists can produce.

The repertoire of German Brass includes all stylistic directions and kinds from Scheidt to Shostakovich, from Dixieland to Bossa Nova. It contains unabashedly classical and timeless, serious and entertaining elements. In its concerts the ensemble nurtures and surmounts the division of two musical styles with professionalism and fun – the programmes contain arrangements of classical works as well as adaptations and compositions of musical evergreens which have mostly been arranged and composed specially for German Brass and pay tribute to the typical sound and the technical brilliance of the ensemble.

The programme for tonight:

-        Concerto in D Major (John Baston)

-        Toccata and Fugue (J.S. Bach)

-        Eljen Magyar (Richard Strauss)

-        Trumpet Blues and Cantabile (Harry James)

-        Wild Cat Blues (Clarence Williams)

-        Children of Sanchez (Chuck Mangione)

-        Mambo No. 1 (Moises/Vivanco)

-        Russia in Day and Night (trad./Khachaturian)

-        Swinging Swan (Tchaikovsky, arr. Lester Brown)

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