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Order the album “Blue Apple”
Toulouse Wind Orchestra
First opus of Toulouse Wind Orchestra
Recorded live at St Pierre des Cuisines, in Toulouse, it presents an eclectic program that takes us across the Atlantic.
J. Barnes’ Symphonic Overture opens this disc with a flourish of joyful, fresh, and intense work. The piece begins with an impressive maestoso of brass, which quickly transforms into a singing allegro vivo. After a slow and lyrical passage, we end with a quick part supported by a grandiose orchestra tutti.
G. Gershwin‘s famous Rhapsody in Blue, played by Nathanael Gouin on the piano, offers us a colorful rendition of the piece, with jazzy accents and poetic moments, all the charm of this worldwide success. Revealed to the international attention thanks to many awards of international competitions of piano and chamber music, Nathanaël Gouin is today the guest of numerous rooms and festivals in France and abroad.
The symphony No. 2 “The Big Apple” by J. De Meij is a New York City painting, with euphoric, stifling but powerful moments, using the wide range of sound of the wind band. Articulated in two movements (I.Skyline / II.Gotham) plus a central rhythm with magnetic tape (Time Square Cadenza), this symphony is a tribute to the writing styles of Aaron Coplan and Leonard Bernstein.
Under the baton of Marc Ursule, former assistant conductor of Michel Plasson at the Capitole de Toulouse National Orchestra from 1981 to 1998, “Blue Apple” managed to recreate the pleasure of young talented musicians gathered for the first time during a concert filled with emotions and happiness.