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USAs beste korps er fra Stavanger

Stavanger brass band kan reise hjem med gull etter å ha knust all motstand i det nordamerikanske mesterskapet for brass band.

– Vi har reist langt for dette, så det er gøy å kunne reise ned med så fantastiske resultater, sier dirigent Allan Withington til konkurransens nettsider.

Stavanger brass band er på USA-turné i hele påsken og skal til Michigan, Iowa, Indiana og Illinois.

– Vi skal spille noen flere konserter her, reise hjem neste helg og gjøre oss klar til den nye sesongen som starter i august, sier Withington.

– Nå ser korpset fram til å konsertere med programhøydepunkter blant annet fra vinner-framføringene fra den nasjonale underholdningskonkurransen Siddis Brass som Stavanger Brass Band toppet både i 2012 og 2013, opplyser Ulf Rosenberg, styreleder Stavanger Brass Band til Aftenbladet.

Her er hele resultatlisten:

1. Stavanger (Allan Withington): 96/99 = 97.2
2. Fountain City (Joseph Parisi): 95/96 = 95.4
3. Brass of the Potomac (Stephen Bulla): 94/94 = 94.0
4. Atlantic Brass Band (Salvatore Scarpa): 92/95 = 93.2
5. James Madison University (Kevin Stees): 93/91 = 92.2
6. Brass Band of Central Florida (Chad Shoopman): 88/97 = 91.6
7. Princeton Brass Band (Dr Stephen Allen): 91/92 = 91.4
8. Chicago Brass Band (Colin Holman): 87/89 = 87.8
9. Five Lakes Silver Band (Neil Barlow): 84/90 = 86.4

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Det anerkjente, internasjonale nettstedet 4barsrest.com skriver følgende om vinnerbidraget:

«When you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you - Friedrich Nietzsche

That's what you have to remind yourself of with this amazingly evocative, challenging work; a crepuscular journey to the margins of a gloomy, Stygian local pond, the surface of which bubbles with a menacing miasma of sulphurous intent - and with the corpse of a frozen putrified dead horse floating in it too.

And that is what we get - with hooves on. This is wonderfully dark and atmospheric, but it is the balance of the individual lines and the layers of precise texture that make the music come to life.

You feel the impending sense of doom - as if you are being drawn inexorably towards your frozen death - each breath freezing before your eyes.

The ensemble work is so well delivered - dark, morose, chillingly cloying. The solo lines are played with such reserve too, before we get that first terminal crack as your foot breaks through the ice. The beauty of some of the playing is quite outstanding though - such a feel of all pervading sadness.

Super solo interventions - from cornet, euph, trom and delicate sop (bolstered by fine perc) ring the bell as the waters lap to the chin and the last vestiges of life ebb quickly away. The final scrabble is so well portrayed - with a band masterfully controlled by the MD heading all the way to the bottom and oblivion.

What a cracking performance - played with such authority and understanding.»