Hello, and thanks in advance for your help. I am posting this from the USA, hoping you might be able to direct me to a particular recording of the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra. I do not know the label or date of the recording.
I overheard a recording of them on a streaming Internet big band station, playing "Ritual Fire Dance" from 'El Amor Brujo' By Manuel de Falla. When I contacted the station, they said they had played it from a CD that had been burned by a former employee, who is now deceased. There was no indication as to the original recording used as the source for the copy the station had.
I have searched the Internet now for weeks without success. In fact, I only ever found one reference to a specific album by the NDO. I came across your website, and hoped that possibly someone reading this Foum might be able to assist me in my quest.
Now, just as an item of explanation -- the reason I am searching for this particular recording is that I believe the arrangement of Ritual Fire Dance they performed was used in writing an arrangement of that song which was performed way back in 1978 by the Bridgemen Drum & Bugle Corps of Bayonne, New Jersey. For those of you who are not familiar with the drum & bugle corps activity, the Bridgemen can be easily Googled, and many video of the corps "back in the day" are up on various Internet video sites. The Bridgemen were a pioneer in moving the activity away from the historic militaristic style, and toward a more theatrical and entertaining genre. As appreciators of music, some of you who do not know them may be entertained as well.
For a history of the corps, check out the site of the newly created Bridgemen Alumni Corps, http://www.bridgemen.com. I had the privilege of marching as a member of the Alumni Corps in 2006, despite never having marched drum corps previously (you can always use another 4th baritone with a 6-note range !!!! ). Wikipedia has plenty of information about the activity as a whole.
I also just recently learned that in the early '80's, there was a "clone" corps somewhere in the UK, called the "Beechmen". The few photos I've found show them in the identical yellow coats and black hats as the Bridgemen. I supposed imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery !!!!
At any rate, if any of you might have any suggestions on where I might inquire as to the name or label of this particular recording of the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra, I would be very much obliged indeed. Please EM me with any information.
Pickerington Ohio USA