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Departure - Gerry Pagano


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Known for their camaraderie and commitment to a unified sound, The Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony was formed in 2006. The quartet has established a special relationship with St. Louis audiences. As they bring their high orchestral standards to an increasing number of chamber music settings, they seek to expand the trombone repertoire and to elevate awareness of the trombone quartet.

Gerry Pagano has played bass trombone in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra since 1995; he's an integral part of the orchestra's brass sound. In "Departure," he steps out with some transcriptions . mostly music originally composed for voice or cello . that surprise and delight with beautiful singing tone.

Highlights include four of Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer" (here confusingly called "Songs of a Journeyman") and the Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba. He has a little help from his friends in the trombone section, and sterling accompaniment from pianist Peter Henderson. This set of departures is well worth hearing.

Peter Henderson piano

Members of the Trombone Section, St. Louis Symphony

Timothy Myers, Stephen Lange, Jonathan Reycraft, Gerry Pagano

 Includes works by:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Vintage

Gustav Mahler: Songs of a Journeyman

  • My Sweethearts Wedding Day
  • This Morning When I Went Through the Fields
  • I Have a Burning Knife
  • The Two Blue Eyes of my Sweetheart

Dmitri Schostakovich

  • Prelude #16
  • Moderato for Cello and Piano
  • Piano Prelude #6

Jean Sibelius: Early Pieces for Cello and Piano

  • Andantino in C Major
  • Andante Molto in F Minor
  • Tempo di valse "Lulu Waltz" in F Sharp Minor

Oliver Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

  • Dance of Wrath for Seven Trumpets

Anton Bruckner: Motets

  • Locus Iste
  • Vexilla Regis
  • Christus Factus Est

Ralph Vaughn Williams: Concerto for Bass Tuba

  • Allegro Moderato
  • Romanza
  • Finale- Rondo alla Tedesca

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