Wind Symphony's "Serenade" reviewed in BandWorld magazine
November 28, 2016
Michael Daugherty’s Ladder to the Moon joins three classic works for chamber winds in this excellent recording. Ladder to the Moon features solo violin and is a two movement musical tribute to the famous American artist Georgia O’Keefe. In the repertoire of chamber works for winds the next three compositions are hallmarks beginning with Serenade for Winds Op. 7 by Richard Strauss. This gem for thirteen winds was composed in 1881 when Strauss was seventeen years old. A wind nonet welcomes a cello and double bass in the beloved Serenade Op. 44 by Antonin Dvorak. The recording concludes with the legendary Octet by Igor Stravinsky, a challenging yet rewarding composition. There is always room for quality chamber winds CDs and this one is most welcome.