From Bach to Broadway, “Introducing…” highlights HBQ’s unique programming.
While including standards of the brass quintet literature, this recording brings fresh new arrangements, and introduces two works brand new to the brass quintet world. New arrangements of Rodgers & Hart’s “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” from the 1940s musical Pal Joey, and Mascagni’s beautiful "Intermezzo" from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana highlight a track list which also includes Jack Gale’s stirring arrangement of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and the technical virtuosity of of J.S. Bach’s “Contrapunctus IX” from The Art of Fugue.
Also featured are two brand new works by HBQ alumni RJ Satchithananthan: "Solea", a flamenco-inspired piece; and “Stray Goat”a funk-inspired show opener.
“Hogtown Brass have created an engaging and exciting album that shows off their ability to play in all styles with ease. Their playing is joyful and the repertoire is at once sophisticated and easy to listen to. The new compositions by RJ Satchithananthan are awesome, and should become part of the Brass Quintet repertoire.”
Gabriel Radford - Toronto Symphony Orchestra
"The Hogtown Brass have put out a great CD that gives a great sense of the versatility of the brass quintet (a versatility that is criminally undervalued, in my opinion) and these guys make it look easy. Every bar is equally filled with love and with impressive playing. It's really refreshing to hear HBQ juggle contemporary repertoire, jazz standards, the American songbook, orchestral transcriptions and even a selection from the Art of the Fugue. There's something for everyone here, and the quintet plays with great polish and style.”
Evan Mitchell - Music Director, Kingston Symphony Orchestra
“Hogtown Brass Quintet can be proud of the variety of high caliber tunes performed by these versatile, well-matched players - from the rousing Contrapunctus, to the catchy Solea, to the haunting Nightingale, the HBQ proves to be an excellent role model for up and coming brass players - a pro package!!”
Anita McAlister - Trumpet, University of Toronto, Director, Hannaford Youth Program
“'Introducing...' is a fantastic recording that shows off the musicality, range (from Bach to Bebop) and versatility of the Hogtown Brass Quintet. These guys are great musicians, arrangers and performers. And it all shows on 'Introducing...'. The Hogtown Brass is destined for fame. Without a doubt.”
"Introducing..." is a great sampling of the many virtuosic offerings of one of Canada's up and coming young chamber ensembles, the Hogtown Brass. They are the rare group whose diverse musical offerings and welcoming personalities are equally at home in both small venues and large concert halls.
“The Hogtown Brass Quintet’s new record is a joyful, amusing and versatile romp. Definitely an ensemble to keep our eyes on in the future.”
“This new EP from The Hogtown Brass Quintet is sure to draw a lot of interest! The mix of repertoire from across 3 centuries shows the wonderful versatility of this ensemble. I especially enjoyed the two original compositions by trombone player RJ Satchithananthan, who also showed off some incredibly creative soloing on ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.’ Each member of the group has plenty of opportunity to show off their wares throughout this album. I look forward to what will come next for The Hogtown Brass Quintet!”
Larry Larson - Principal Trumpet, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony
“What a magnificent offering by this exciting new chamber ensemble. HBQ treat a wide variety of styles with confidence and sensitivity on this debut album. Its great to hear their unique and virtuosic treatment of classic brass repertoire mixed with exhilarating new arrangements. This is clearly a group of fine musicians that have something important to say through their music and are interested in bringing something new to the chamber music idiom.”
Shawn Spicer - Principal Trumpet, Orchestra London Canada, Trumpet Faculty, Western University
"Introducing.." is a great listen from the fresh and exciting Hogtown Brass Quintet. It's a treat to hear how well this group can play in a variety of styles.”
Steven Woomert - Associate Principal Trumpet, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
“The Hogtown Brass hit the mark with a solid debut recording balancing classical and jazz standards with style!”