Gabriel V Brass Ensemble is a unique ensemble of men and women unified in their commitment to the traditions of monastic life and dedicated to upholding a standard of excellence in music for worship today and future generations. They offer the best in fanfare and solo brass works, presenting distinctive programs ranging from the classics of the Venetian School to contemporary works. Gabriel V collaborates frequently with Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and has toured 23 countries in the U.K., Europe, and Russia. They have performed in numerous cities throughout the U.S. from New York to San Francisco, and have been featured on recordings with Gloriæ Dei Cantores, highlighting their extensive repertoire. They hold annual concert series in the Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, MA, where they also participate in liturgical worship.
For the Beauty of the Earth: Celebrating Creation in Brass, Organ, and Percussion is a collection of contemporary works honoring Creation. From David Marlatt’s evocative Windscape and Earthscape to the brilliant and stirring hymn arrangements of James Curnow; from the echoes of space in Anthony Dilorenzo’s Luminosity to Charles Widor’s renowned Toccata arranged for brass and organ; and the beauty of Brenton Broadstock’s Benediction, each piece on this CD inspires an appreciation for the awe-filled universe we live in. The generous range of sound and colors produced by the 15-member Gabriel V Brass Ensemble and organist SharonRose Pfeiffer, creates a musical glimpse into the majesty of creation that surrounds us every day. Fanfare Magazine wrote, “Gabriel V Brass Ensemble is one of the best organizations of its type I’ve ever heard. Their sound is warm and their tonal blend is exquisite…so splendidly do they play with one another and so subtly do they deploy the possibilities of their instruments. Anyone who has doubts about the survivability of classical composition as a living, breathing art form of broad appeal would be well directed to For the Beauty of the Earth… For the Beauty of the Earth is resplendent with gorgeous sounds and the power of faith.”
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Gabriel V Brass Ensemble presents Celebration in Brass—an inspiring collection of fanfares, beloved hymns, and masterworks arranged for brass by twentieth-century composers.
Music lovers will know the hymns “Be Thou My Vision,” “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” “Be still, my soul,” “God of Grace and God of Glory”, “All Creatures of our God and King.”
Gabriel V’s charge to promote excellence in music for worship for all generations is embodied in this program, featuring works by James Curnow, Karl Jenkins, Jack Stamp, John Stevens, and others. Music lovers will revel in these resounding works of praise, meditation, and faith-filled celebration. Joining Gabriel V are the award-winning members of Spirit of America Band’s Winter Percussion Ensemble. Recorded in the stunning acoustics of Mechanics Hall, Worcester, this Super Audio CD provides the listener with all the warmth and brilliance of hearing Gabriel V perform firsthand. Click here to purchase or hear tracks
Nothing heralds the majesty of Christmastime like the brilliance and beauty of brass! Gabriel V Brass Ensemble presents a new collection of music for Christmas by masters of brass, including Rolf Smedvig, Anthony DiLorenzo, Morten Lauridsen, William Berry, and more. From the overflow of joy in J.S.Bach’s Wie will ich mich freuen, to the cinematic soundscape of DiLorenzo’s Baltazar (A King’s Journey), to the rosy-cheeked romp of Leroy Andersen’s Sleigh Ride, each piece adds new luster to your celebration of this glorious season. Click here to purchase or hear tracks
The heraldic voices of brass, bells and organ announce the majesty of Christ — his human birth as an infant in the stable at Bethlehem, his glorification on the mount of Transfiguration, the descent of his Holy Spirit in tongues of fire. Burnished Bright is a sophisticated and dynamic blend of these sacred instruments. Opening and closing the recording are two fanfares written for the Church of the Transfiguration and based on Gregorian chants. Made in the splendid acoustics of the stone Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, the recording features the large E.M. Skinner organ with is grand and colorful sound. Click here to purchase or hear tracks