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
Jean Sibelius: Early Pieces for Cello and Piano
Oliver Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
Anton Bruckner: Motets
Ralph Vaughn Williams: Concerto for Bass Tuba