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Issue 5959

BRIGHOUSE AND RASTRICK PAINTS THE BRIGHTEST PICTURES AT THE RAH

WHAT'S ALL THE PALAVER WITH PALANGA?

SAGE GATESHEAD PREPARES FOR OUTSTANDING BRASS IN CONCERT LINE-UP

Italian National Brass Band Championships - LIVE!

Saturday 11 November, 2017

Adjudicators: Hannes Buchegger, David Childs, Andreas Lackner

Kenny Crookston reporting 

Test-piece: A London Overture (Philip Sparke) or Partita (Philip Sparke), plus own-choice. 

Results

Division 1

1. Italian Brass Band (Filippo Cangiamila) 95 

2. Brass Band Wipptal (Florian Klinger) 94

3. Brass Band Übertsch (Hans Finatzer) 92

Best Soloist: Luciano De Luca, euphonium, Italian Brass Band

 

Division 2

1. Brässkneidl - Die Puschtra Brass Band (Robert Regensburger) 90

2. Imola Brass Band (Fabrizio Bugani) 85

Best Soloists: flugels, Brässkneidl - Die Puschtra Brass Band

 

A thrilling contest all round for the super-enthusiastic audience here in Eppan. Some brilliant playing too, especially from the defending champion which we think has done enough to retain the title. We'll find out tonight if we are correct!

 

Division 1

3. Brass Band Übertsch (Hans Finatzer)

Partita (Philip Sparke)

A brave choice from last year’s runner-up and we hear some excellent sounds. The quality of the ensemble drops from time to time in the opening movement but it is robust when the full band is in, perhaps just suffering from imbalance. Excellent cornet solo opens movement two and we hear the full range of dynamics as it progresses, although not always with complete security. The final movement is a technical tour de force and the Übertsch give it everything they have. Quite a few corners don’t quite come off, but this was a good effort overall.

Turris Fortissima (Stephen Ponsford)

A piece perhaps more suited to the band’s strengths than Partita, this gives the soloists an opportunity to express themselves and they do so very well. Still, there are a few rough edges and the blend and balance of sound needs some attention for the band to make the next steps. Another fine effort overall from a band with plenty of talent and enthusiasm to build upon over the next 12 months. 

 

2. Italian Brass Band (Filippo Cangiamila)

A London Overture (Philip Sparke)

A more measured and balanced opening than the previous band, although there are a couple of insecure moments as it leads into the cadenzas. All are well played and we especially enjoyed the euphonium - bravo! Brilliant playing through the allegro and the stylish cornet solo suffers from only the tiniest of blips. Dramatic sounds follow and we love the soprano cornet’s contribution to the full-force sound. Terrific tenor horn picks up the tempo and every entry is measured perfectly. Some small clips earlier in the performance, but this really was high-class playing.

Metropolis 1927 (Peter Graham)

Scintillating opening is as tight as the proverbial drum. Great solo work too from cornet (fifth man) and the brilliant euphonium. Siren sounds a bit more authentic this time! Tasteful flugel horn solo, the baritone is in full control too and we just loved the low tuba sound! Following duet section may not have been 100% clean but we did like the style. Again the tuning on the muted cornets isn’t perfect, while the marching band seems to require a geography lesson (it was well played though!). Technical is again flawless as it approaches the finale. A great show all round and one that really would challenge in almost any contesting arena.

1. Brass Band Wipptal (Florian Klinger)

A London Overture (Philip Sparke)

Robust opening with huge sounds from the bass end providing a terrific foundation. Stylish cornet in the solo and the cadenzas are all delivered with aplomb. Terrific energy and dynamism in the allegro, and again the solo interjections are all high in quality. Terrific closing section, with full sounds all the way. It threatens to overpower from time to time, but a very good performance overall.

Metropolis 1927 (Peter Graham)

Precise opening. Cornet and euphonium ‘moments’ are nearly perfect and it stays in good shape through to the high-pitched siren! Just the occasional flaw in the cadenza section, while the following duets are perhaps just a bit straighter than the composer might have intended. Tuning in the ultra-muted cornets isn’t great - not a section that really come off for us. The technical playing that follows is very good, however, and the final section is positively bursting with energy.

Overall - a really excellent performance to open the contest and one that will need to see the other contenders at their best to overcome.

 

 

Division 2

 

A very encouraging start to the contest from the two bands in Division 2. We think that Brässkneidl - Die Puschtra Brass Band will have done enough to take the title, but we'll see what the real judges think after the gala concert tonight!

 

2. Imola Brass Band (Fabrizio Bugani)

Song for Japan (Steven Verheist)

A reflective piece to open and we hear lots of good work around the band. Some inexperienced sounds but the players all deliver as asked.

Symphonic Suite (Leighton Lucas)

An old favourite we haven’t heard for a few years! The band is right on its technical limits, but again it holds its shape well throughout the Toccata. Aria could be slightly more lyrical in the melodic lines, while some phrase endings are a bit untidy. Still, it’s lovely music! Fugue a la Gigue not quite so tidy throughout the ensemble, but a brave attempt overall at this cracking old piece!

Anniversary Music (Bertrand Moren)

Expansive sounds to open and we hear the band at its best so far. Good work follows in the animated section leading to a rousing finale. A good finish from Imola, but quite a few moments of loose ensemble earlier in the programme may just prove costly.

 

1. Brässkneidl - Die Puschtra Brass Band (Robert Regensburger)

Knight Templar (George Allen)

And we’re off to a flier with George Allen’s famous old march - with trumpets, French horns and Wagner tubas! The tempo soon settles down and although it might not be in the ‘Whit Friday’ style, the band can certainly play it with ease.

Gaelforce (Peter Graham)

Nicely handled opening, perhaps light on dynamic impact but again we hear every line clearly. Bravo flugel horn in the slow movement. Perhaps the phrasing around the band could have been more thoughtful, but the sounds all blend well. Finale isn’t absolutely clear from the ensemble. Energy is in abundance, though!

Chiquilin De Bachin (Piazzolla-Ferrer arr. Reid Gilje)

Some tasteful trumpet playing, ably assisted by the rich full band sounds. Very nice.

Dragons Rise (Matthew Hall)

A lively Welsh finale and yet again it’s all well shaped and delivered. A fine end to an accomplished performance.

 

Draw

Division 2

1. Brässkneidl - Die Puschtra Brass Band (Robert Regensburger)

2. Imola Brass Band (Fabrizio Bugani)

 
Division 1

1. Brass Band Wipptal (Florian Klinger)

2. Italian Brass Band (Filippo Cangiamila)

3. Brass Band Übertsch (Hans Finatzer)