That was the first time I heard the Arnold's. It was such a great music to listen to. This piece, I thought, was well written brass ensemble and especially for Philip Jones Brass Ensemble (whether or not it was for or dedicated to them, I am not sure) or those of their calibre at the time. It did definitely push brass playing to the next level. I am sure there are many ensemble who can perform this today.
This recording by Philip Jones Brass Ensemble really exemplify British Brass playing tradition. Having spent two years in London, this style is unmistakably British. Flashy, bold, brave, taking risk, and more on the edge and playing beautifully at the same time. It is not a perfect recording but that does not really matter since it can be compensated by music that they made. I am also guessing that they did this recording in fewer takes than we might expect.
In 2006, we did the Tomasi as part of Brass Ensemble concert at the camp. We got to play alongside our faculty members where Jorge van Rijen was on 1st trombone, Laurence Davies of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London was on 1st horn, and conducted by James Thompson. It was such a great experience. Sadly, I couldn't find the recording any where. After that experience, I totally forgot about this piece until my next encounter with this piece last year where Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Youth Orchestra performed this piece as part of their concert season.
Again, I think this is a very well written for brass ensemble. I also like how Tomasi explore different timbres that gave this piece something more unique that perfectly match its story.
Lastly, more information about these two pieces can be found at Prof. Manning's blog here.
Will be back with more horn ensemble related for the next one!