California State University Northridge Wind Ensemble, David Whitwell conductor

Northridge International

Art - Font

[1984] Sousa, Black Horse Troop March (3:30)
[1984] Schmitt, Dionysi­aques (9:59)
[1981] Strauss, Rosenkava­lier Waltzes (7:15)
[1981] Schön­berg, Theme and Vari­a­tions (12:29)
[1982] Strauss, Also Sprach Zarathus­ta, Part I (15:44)
[1981] Bach/Whitwell, Capric­cio on the Depar­ture of a friend
I. An affec­tion­ate plea not to embark (2:24)
II. Reflec­tions on the mis­for­tunes of trav­el (1:30)
III. Mutu­al Lamen­ta­tions (2:54)
IV. The Farewell (0:48)
V. Aria and fugue on the Post horn’s call (3:15)
[1981] Sousa, Stars and Stripes For­ev­er (2:25)

1981 European reviews

The pub­lic was pour­ing into the Hall…then began the extra­or­di­nary. For two hours the hearts of the friends of music were lift­ed high­er and high­er. Con­duc­tor, David Whitwell, con­duct­ed the entire con­cert from mem­o­ry. Already from his very first motion, it was appar­ent that he con­ducts with an inim­itable ele­gance and clar­i­ty. He shapes on a foun­da­tion of very pre­cise pulse and attacks, some­times with broad invit­ing ges­tures, some­times with minute indi­ca­tions. The 52 young play­ers fol­low, at the slight­est wink, with dis­ci­pline full of temperament.

One hears every note, even every lit­tle note! Every­thing is per­fect: Into­na­tion, Artic­u­la­tion, Dynam­ics, Rhythm and Tem­po.… The Schön­berg Theme and Vari­a­tions was a mas­ter­piece mas­ter­ful­ly inter­pret­ed. The Schmitt Dionysi­aques was as fresh as if the notes had just come from the printer.… 

Every­one said, “It was an unfor­get­table evening.”

Schwäbis­che Zeitung,” July 20, 1981 (Ger­many)

A musi­cal treat of per­fect­ly inter­pret­ed wind music…not with­out rea­son is this ensem­ble con­sid­ered one of the best in America.

Zuger Nachricht­en,” July 15, 1981 (Switzer­land)


A full-house enjoyed an emo­tion­al and high­ly musi­cal con­cert, such as one rarely hears…one high­point fol­lowed anoth­er.… The lis­ten­ers were astound­ed by the per­fect per­for­mance of the Strauss Rosenkava­lier Walzes, played from the heart…it was an emo­tion­al highpoint.… 

It was a con­cert which wind music cir­cles will talk about far into the future.

Zuger Nachricht­en,” July 17, 1981 (Switzer­land)


An aston­ished pub­lic enjoyed one of the best wind ensem­bles in Amer­i­ca.… The con­cert end­ed with stormy applause.

Luzern­er Neuste Nachricht­en,” July 17, 1981 (Switzer­land)


The con­cert was sen­sa­tion­al, thanks to the tech­ni­cal ease and dis­ci­pline with which this very vir­tu­oso pro­gram was per­formed. David Whitwell con­duct­ed in an inspir­ing manner. 

The Schön­berg was fas­ci­nat­ing.… The Schmitt was for­mi­da­ble.… Both pieces were per­formed in a pro­fu­sion of sound and unknown suppleness.

De Lim­burg­er,” July 24, 1981 (The Netherlands)


It was unbe­liev­able how the group could give a con­cert of such high orches­tral qual­i­ty. The Dutch Broad­cast­ing Com­pa­ny made a live record­ing of this con­cert for broadcast.

Hil­ver­bode,” July 23, 1981 (The Netherlands)