TTU's Cumberland Quintet releases Into the Blue CD featuring Greg Danner's original composition of the same titleAlbany Records is pleased to announce the release of Into the Blue, a collection of works for woodwind quintet performed by Tennessee Tech University’s Cumberland Wind Quintet.
Repertoire includes Eric Ewazen’s Cumberland Suite (2004; Astor Piazzola’s Milonga sin Palabras; Alfred Uhl’s Four Pieces; Nino Rota’s Petite Offrande and Theme from Amacord; Jean Berger’s Partita for Wind Quintet (1970); Maurice Ravel’s Trios beaux oiseaux du paradis; Gustav Mahler’s Three Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Rhein Legenchen, Werhat Dies Liedel Erdacht; Lob Des Hohen Verstandes: Ernesto Lecuona’s La Comparsa; and Greg Danner’s Into the Blue.
Members of the Cumberland Wind Quintet include Roger Martin, flute; William Woodworth, oboe; Anne Thurmond, clarinet; James Lotz, bassoon; and Greg Danner, horn.
Composer Eric Ewazen — known for his expressive melodies and colorful harmonic writing — wrote Cumberland Suite for the Cumberland Quintet, who premiered the work in November 2004. The work, Ewazen’s third for wind quintet, showcased the artistry of the Cumberland Quintet with a work that was modeled after the delightful Baroque dance suites of the 18th century, with their distinctive rhythms and moods.
Greg Danner’s Into the Blue draws on bluegrass music as inspiration for his suite. Each of the five movements, titled Skillet Licker’s Stomp, Wildwood Flower, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Uncle Dave and Bluegrass Breakdown, takes a particular bluegrass icon for inspiration.
Established in 1972 as a resident faculty ensemble at TTU, the Cumberland Quintet has built a solid reputation for unique programming and fine musicianship. The group has toured throughout the United States and in Europe, performing to a wide variety of audiences. Commanding a large repertoire of music from all periods, the Quintet offers the standards and classics, exciting modern works and lighter popular music.
The Quintet has also performed as guest artists at conferences for the College Music Society, Tennessee Music Educators Association and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. This CD demonstrates perfectly their range, with delightful arrangements of film themes and vocal and keyboard music by such composers as Ravel and Mahler, and in between highly entertaining original compositions by Ewazen, Uhl, Berger and Danner.