Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble, COLLAGE – A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Peabody Institute, 1857-2007

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

As the first academy of music to be established in America, the Peabody Institute has long been one of Baltimore's most celebrated institutions. On this album, the Conservatory Wind Ensemble showcases the breadth of styles that the academy encompasses, from a booming Sousa march to the close-to-the-vest “Theme and Variations” by Arnold Schoenberg. The most fascinating moment on the record, however, is David Holsinger's “To Tame the Perilous Skies,” which is a programmatic composition that aurally depicts the conflict between two opposing forces. An orchestral tour de force, you'll have shivers going up your spine well before the snare drum / machine gun fire cuts down the enemy fighter planes.