Saturday, July 31, 2010

hype of the week: 2008 phantom regiment

Sometimes it's not about fast tempi or insanely technical snare licks. Sometimes the energy of a hype has to come from way down deep inside and move you at the roots. But it's still a hype, even if it doesn't look like one on the surface.

I sang an SATB version of Franz Biebl's Ave Maria over twenty years ago in a large, semi-professional choir. I never thought I'd be so moved again by any arrangement of this piece -- until I heard the Phantom Regiment play it several years ago and found myself blinking back tears.

This is Phantom in "concert" formation at the end of a show in 2008. The piece became such a popular part of their repertoire that it is now featured regularly whenever the corps plays an encore "standstill" after a show. Enjoy.

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