Magazine article Gramophone

Robert Russell Bennett

Magazine article Gramophone

Robert Russell Bennett

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Robert Russell Bennett

Suite of Old American Dances (a). Down to the Sea in Ships (b). Four Preludes (a). Symphonic Songs (b). Autobiography (a)

Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra / (a) Clark Rundell, (b) Mark Heron

Chandos (F) CHAN10916 (70' * DDD)

Richard Rodgers liked to tell a story about a Broadway arranger who insisted that he was at least 50 per cent responsible for the success of a show. Rodgers threw him a sheet of blank manuscript paper. 'Go on then--arrange me a hit.' If we think of Robert Russell Bennett at all, it's probably as an arranger (albeit a hugely influential one) rather than as a composer in his own right. But, whatever else this new collection of his music for wind band proves, it's that Bennett, for one, never had to be afraid of a blank page.

Chandos has done him proud. The Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra is a professional-level outfit, and in Mark Heron and Clark Rundell they've got two of the world's foremost conductors in this field. …

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