The Prince Regent’s Band: Fraser Tannock & Richard Thomas (cornets and trumpets) Anneke Scott (althorn and French horn) Phil Dale (baritone and trombone) Jeff Miller (tuba)
Victor Ewald – Brass Quintet no 1 op 5
Oskar Böhme – Prelude and Fugues no 1 op 28
Alexander Glazunov – Brass Quintet, op 38 “In Modo Religioso”
Victor Ewald – Brass Quintet no 2 op 6
Brass playing and the Russian aristocracy were intimately linked. Tsar Alexander III was a “impassioned and highly talented cornet à pistons, baritone and tuba player” who did much to promote Russian music and in particular, his beloved brass music. He established regular brass soirées bringing together other likeminded members of the nobility. In this programme PRB performs music that would have been familiar to participants at these soirees. Ewald’s Quintets are a mainstay of the modern brass quintet repertoire – however PRB perform these works on the instruments of the era, with cornets instead of trumpets and Russian/German style “alto” and “tenor” horns instead of the French horn and trombone. Böhme’s life reflects the turmoil of this period – a German virtuoso, fêted in early 20th century St Petersburg, only to be exiled by Stalin. Finally, the most well known of the composers on our programme, and giant of the early 20th century Russian scene, Alexander Glazunov.
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall