Bramwell Tovey’s “Nine Daies Wander”
CD of the year (2009) British Bandsman
CD of the year (2009) Brass Band World
Reviews from Royal Northern College of Music Brass Festival 2009, Manchester, UK
A reviewer called it “the most lasting impression” of this year’s Brass Festival of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester: Bramwell Tovey’s “Nine Daies Wonder”, performed by the Canadian violinist Mark Fewer and the Foden’s Brass Band. The piece is a musical reverence to the Shakespearean actor Will Kempe, who in 1600 Morris danced from London to Norwich. Soloist Mark Fewer won the hearts of the Manchester audience not only by his virtuoso violin playing, but even more by reciting Shakespeare lines, singing, and finally fiddling a jig that made everyone’s feet stomp.
Review from shakespearegeek.com
Newfoundland born violinist Mark Fewer was tremendous both musically and theatrically and it is some measure of how well the performance went down in the hall that Foden’s planned recording of A Night to Sing for the next day was abandoned in favour of committing ‘Nine Daies Wonder’ to disc instead.
Review from 4barsrest.com
Review of Nine Daies Wonder from CD Release “Maestro”
EGON Records – CD-SFZ136
Multi-talented Mark Fewer brings his violin wizardry and not inconsiderable narrative skills to Nine Daies Wonder. The solo part is a veritable An Actor’s Tale that at times speeds along “Perpetuum mobile,” bends and shifts with the blues, dances up a storm (where it infrequently occurred that perhaps a couple of the players metaphorically stopped by Angel Tavern), slips lovingly in “Oh Danny Boy”-esque folk tune, or lets the pizzicato do the walking into “Farewell to the Essex Girls.” The quoted verses (mostly from Shakespeare) certainly add another dimension but seem most effective when enthusiastically answered by the brassy chorus. By journey’s end, only a stark octave remains.
Review from jamesweggreview.org