The quintet’s clear sound and precise articulation let the music speak with big-time personality.
, Harvey Steiman
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"The high priests of brass"
The American Brass Quintet filled the cathedral Tuesday evening with a range of color and sound that was astonishingly rich and varied..just as impressive was the variety of music involved, taking in its stride works from the fifteenth century to the present day...show players with the verve and power of this fine quintet.
The five American virtuosos don't seem to have any technical diffrculties whatsoever; they play neck-breaking passagess o self-assuredlya nd easily, as if they were playing flutes or clarinets. The bravura of their solo playing multiplies itself in the super bravura of their ensemble playing.
This group is of a very high caliber, especially regarding technical mastery and musicality of each member and the intelligence, sensitivity and refinement of the interpretations...theA merican Brass Quintet possesses, moreovet an art of nuance of which it seems extremely difficult to find many examples.
The program was clearly the result of careful preparation...the performance both from an individual and ensemble viewpoint was exemplary, and in addition a noble one in quantity and qualiry the group pays rewarding attention to dynamic gradation.
It is quite impossible to overpraise the playing of the American Brass Quintet...they have everything...brilliance, attack, perfect ensemble and intonation, and a tone quality of unrivaled purity, range and power...a concert of such high quality one could only single out a few of the outstanding moments...sombre beauty...feather-like delicacy...technical brilliance...wonderful sonorities. For one listener in a long and full career of over half a century this was concert was a unique experience.