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That The Royal Wind Music should be issuing an encores disc of fantastical arrangements by Paul Leenhouts of Latin American standards, of Irish, Chinese, Greek, Hungarian folk songs, of Poulenc and Rautavaara and Verdi, is not, in itself, a surprise. Director and arranger Paul Leenhouts is the veteran maverick behind the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet’s ‘Report upon: ‘When Shall My Sorrowful Sunshine Slack’’/Stevie Wonder antics. But what is staggering about this disc is the density of the textures Leenhouts is able to write; the sheer force of mass virtuosity with which he’s able to dazzle us makes this a hugely exciting disc. Even if you’re familiar with The Royal Wind Music’s take on The Leenhouts Encore as a genre, the kaleidoscope of technical and repertorial colour on offer in a full-length disc is astonishing. Some of Leenhouts’ music choices are fairly obvious ones for recorder transfer; ‘Noi siamo Zingarelle’, for instance, from Verdi’s La Traviata, and the Scottish strathspey ‘Bog an Lochain’ from the Athole Collection. Others are completely offthe wall.

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