Boscombe Band Of The Salvation Army - Sanctuary

Published Saturday 20th June 2009
Boscombe Band Of The Salvation Army - Sanctuary
Boscombe Band Of The Salvation Army - Sanctuary

STYLE: Brass Band
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 77601-15231
LABEL: Salvationist Publishing & Supp 24945
RRP: £13.95

Reviewed by Doug Holland

Compositions spanning more than 70 years are included in this collection of meditative instrumental tunes; total CD playing time is around 76 minutes, comprising 12 tracks by 10 composers. The sleevenotes to the recording provide a detailed historical account of the tracks themselves and also of the role of meditative music within the repertoire of The Salvation Army, and there are technical explanations about the development of this genre within the Army band. The music is simply delightful, with wonderful melodies, interesting, woven arrangements and great variety across the recording. It also manages to represent to the listener the tension, the apparent contradiction and the fine balance between the awesome power and yet gentle grace of God, and it does this by juxtaposing subtle and delicate arrangements with the latent power of the Band. The lyrics are not included, which is slightly disappointing, particularly given the importance placed by The Salvation Army Band on the text on which its music is based. All said, however, this is a pleasant, helpful and rewarding listen.

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