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ELLINGTON, D.: Black, Brown and Beige / Harlem / Three Black Kings / The River Suite (Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

Composer(s):Ellington, DukeEllington, DukeStrayhorn, Billy
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559737
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington wrote some of the twentieth century’s greatest Big Band music, but he also wrote in a variety of forms. The boisterous and evocative Harlem pays tribute to Ellington’s roots, Black, Brown, and Beige sets work songs and spirituals, whilst the suite from The River shows his genius in writing for the stage. Three Black Kings, scored as a ballet, was left unfinished at his death, but shows no lessening of invention. Ellington’s arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s Take the ‘A’ Train became famous around the world after the outbreak of World War II, and ranks among the most widely recorded standards of all time.


   




Review By Michael Round,International Record Review,April 2013

The superb recording, here and throughout, accommodates everything from solo harp to big-band wall of sound…Buffalo’s brass are magnificent…

…I recommend it most highly… © 2013 International Record Review



Review By John Sunier,Audiophile Audition,March 2013

These recordings, just made last May in Buffalo, bring across Ellington’s music so well that one can agree with those critics who classify Ellington as one of America’s greatest composers ever. © Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Review By Infodad.com,February 2013

Harlem…is as bouncy and bright as can be, while Black, Brown, and Beige…is more subdued and heartfelt…The River[’s]five evocative movements…filter the longtime musical preoccupation with tonal portraits of water through a strong jazz sensibility that flows very well indeed. And the ballet Three Black Kings…is inventive and eminently danceable…Falletta is an enthusiast where American music is concerned, and she inevitably brings attentiveness and a fine sense of pacing to it—as she does here. The surprise on this CD is the discovery of just how good Ellington’s music sounds when dressed for the concert hall. © 2013 Infodad.com

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Review By Infodad.com,February 2013

Harlem…is as bouncy and bright as can be, while Black, Brown, and Beige…is more subdued and heartfelt…The River[’s]five evocative movements…filter the longtime musical preoccupation with tonal portraits of water through a strong jazz sensibility that flows very well indeed. And the ballet Three Black Kings…is inventive and eminently danceable…Falletta is an enthusiast where American music is concerned, and she inevitably brings attentiveness and a fine sense of pacing to it—as she does here. The surprise on this CD is the discovery of just how good Ellington’s music sounds when dressed for the concert hall. © 2013 Infodad.com

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Review By Infodad.com,February 2013

Harlem…is as bouncy and bright as can be, while Black, Brown, and Beige…is more subdued and heartfelt…The River[’s]five evocative movements…filter the longtime musical preoccupation with tonal portraits of water through a strong jazz sensibility that flows very well indeed. And the ballet Three Black Kings…is inventive and eminently danceable…Falletta is an enthusiast where American music is concerned, and she inevitably brings attentiveness and a fine sense of pacing to it—as she does here. The surprise on this CD is the discovery of just how good Ellington’s music sounds when dressed for the concert hall. © 2013 Infodad.com

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Review By Infodad.com,February 2013

Harlem…is as bouncy and bright as can be, while Black, Brown, and Beige…is more subdued and heartfelt…The River[’s]five evocative movements…filter the longtime musical preoccupation with tonal portraits of water through a strong jazz sensibility that flows very well indeed. And the ballet Three Black Kings…is inventive and eminently danceable…Falletta is an enthusiast where American music is concerned, and she inevitably brings attentiveness and a fine sense of pacing to it—as she does here. The surprise on this CD is the discovery of just how good Ellington’s music sounds when dressed for the concert hall. © 2013 Infodad.com

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Review By Jeff Simon,The Buffalo News,February 2013

Here we have, performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by JoAnn Falletta, about as good a version of Duke’s “Black, Brown and Beige” and other major bits of Ellingtonia as you’re ever likely to hear from a symphony orchestra. Listen to the BPO’s percussionists doing what they do to conclude Ellington’s “Harlem” from 1950.

A fine celebration of Ellington by Falletta and the BPO with solos by Sal Andolina and Tony DiLorenzo. © 2013 The Buffalo News Read complete review



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