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The International Staff Band's latest musical offering

The International Staff Band's latest musical offering

The International Staff Band's latest musical offering

13 March 2017

Derek Kanes contribution of the International Staff Band's latest album Forte produces an effortless sound.

Reviewed by Jared Proellocks

Forte, the latest album released by The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army, features virtuoso musician Derick Kane, principal euphonium of the band for 40 years.

Kane’s technical ability, tone, and musical interpretation are all on display within some fine performances on the CD. The album begins with Forte, the title track composed for Kane by his ISB colleague Paul Sharman.

It cheerfully references several of Kane’s recorded solos over his time with the band, and highlights the effortlessness of his technical ability. This ease in musicality is also on display in several other tracks on the album, particularly in movements of both The Pathway and The Better World.

Despite the advanced technicality of the music, including the cadenzas, Kane makes it sound easy. For me, the highlight of Kane’s playing has always been his ability to deliver quality sounds in every register of the instrument.

This is evident in many of the hymns and slow melodies throughout the album, notably in the track When He Cometh. Kane lets the instrument “sing”, and there is no hint of the tone being forced at any stage.

The end result is warmth in the lower register, and a “flugal horn-like” sound in the upper register.

Forte can be purchased from Sydney Salvationist Supplies at thetrade.salvos.org.au or phone (02) 9466 3257, and Melbourne Salvationist Supplies at commerce.salvationarmy.org.au or phone 1800 100 018.

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