- 01. P.Dukas: Fanfare pour précéder “La Péri” (1912)
- 02. P.Grainger: “The Duke of Marlborough” Fanfare (1939)
- 03. A.Bruckner/ N.Yamamoto: Locus iste (1868)
- 04. J.Brahms/ N.Yamamoto: Choralvorspiel ”O Welt, Ich muss dich lassen” (1896)
- 05-07 P.Hindemith: Morgenmusik für Plöner Musiktag (1932)
- 08. J.Sbelius:Tiera (1898)
- 09. G.Mahler/ N.Yamamoto: Urlicht (1894)
- 10. G.Mahler/ N.Yamamoto: Adagietto (1904)
- 11-14 N.Yamamoto: Suite des Quatre Chansons Japonaises (2007)
- 11. Where are you from ?
- 12. Cherry blossoms
- 13. Zui Zui Zukkorobashi
- 14. Song of the Seashore
- 15. J.Lanner/ N.Yamamoto: Steyrische Tänze (1840)
- 16. J.Strauß(Vater)/ N.Yamamoto: Beliebte Annen- Polka (1842)
- 17. Johann & Josef Strauß/ N.Yamamoto: Pizzicato-Polka (1869)
- 18. J.Strauß/ N.Yamamoto: Ěljen a Magyăr! Polka-schnell (1869)
- 19. G.Mahler/ N.Yamamoto: Adagio -Was mir die Liebe erzählt (1902)
A Flourish of Brass
Ensemble Pegasus, Tokyo
The ensemble-playing of the 22 musicians is characterized by an irreproachable intonation and rhythmical precision, but primarily by their wide range in dynamics, articulation and expressiveness (the pianissimo-nuances of the ensemble are breath-taking!). With his great knowledge about instruments, the band-leader, professor Yamamoto, is an outstanding arranger and knows precisely how to utilize the capacities of his band-members. Therefore, it has been possible for the ensemble to enter into and incorporate genres and styles beyond the conventional brass-band repertoire.
“Tailor-made” arrangements of symphonic music by Mahler, organ-music by Brahms, and a choir-piece by Bruckner sound surprisingly idiomatic and, for a while, make the listener forget about authenticity and the original instrumentations! Even prof. Yamamoto’s own entertaining rhapsody of Japanese childrens’ tunes as well as such well-known lighter genres that used to be played in transcriptions for brass-bands, like Strauss waltzes and polkas, are performed by Pegasus, with a sort of symphonic feeling, in a refined and enriched manner.