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

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

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release date: February 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra


Falletta, JoAnn


JoAnn Falletta

Conductor

JoAnn Falletta

Soloist

Sal Andolina

Soloist

Venue:

Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 78:29
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ELLINGTON, D.: Black, Brown and Beige / Harlem / Three Black Kings / The River Suite (Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

     
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MAURICE PERESS

1 

Harlem (arr. M. Peress for orchestra)

14:27
 JoAnn Falletta Conductor
     
 

DUKE ELLINGTON

 

Black, Brown and Beige (arr. M. Peress for orchestra)

 
2 Black 8:25
 JoAnn Falletta Conductor
     
3 Brown 5:26
 JoAnn Falletta Conductor
     
4 Beige 4:38
 JoAnn Falletta Conductor
     
 

MERCER ELLINGTON

 

Three Black Kings (completed by M. Ellington)

 
5 No. 1. King of the Magi 4:44
 JoAnn Falletta Soloist
     
6 No. 2. King Solomon 6:27
 Sal Andolina Soloist
     
 

DUKE ELLINGTON

7 No. 3. Martin Luther King 6:59
 JoAnn Falletta Soloist
     
 

RON COLLIER

 

The River Suite (arr. R. Collier for orchestra)

 
8 I. The Spring 3:30
 JoAnn Falletta Conductor
     
 

DUKE ELLINGTON

9 II. The Meander 3:57
 JoAnn Falletta Conductor
     
 

RON COLLIER

10 III. The Giggling Rapids 3:00
 JoAnn Falletta Conductor
     
 

DUKE ELLINGTON

11 IV. The Lake 7:18
 JoAnn Falletta Conductor
     
 

RON COLLIER

12 VI. The River 3:19
 JoAnn Falletta Conductor
     
 

DUKE ELLINGTON

13 

Take the A Train (arr. D. Ellington for orchestra)

6:19
 JoAnn Falletta Soloist
 Falletta, JoAnn


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.
 

"... This disc is not only a keeper, but a fantastic introduction to Ellington’s sound world ... Give us another disc like this!"

Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - July/August 2013


        Performance ****        Recording *****

Geoffrey Smith - BBC Music magazine - July 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..."
 
John Sunier - AudiophileAudition.com - March 2013
 

"Harlem is sub-titled A Tone Parallel to Harlem. It’s a work blessed with a mercurial wealth of ideas smoothly and kaleidoscopically varied. The versatile Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta have no blushes and only confidence for its big-band jazzy jolt. The brass and percussion in particular play it down and dirty with total conviction as in the smokily delivered up-swelling at 8:33 in Harlem.The Black, Brown, and Beige suite swings, sashays and smooches moodily in the two outer movements, which occasionally can be heard casting sideway glances at Gershwin.Three Black Kings deploys railroad rhythm excitement in King of the Magi, more dank Delian bluesiness and sighing romance in King Solomon and deep affection in the extremely likeable Martin Luther King movement.Take the ‘A’ Train was Ellington’s signature number. It is incurably up-beat and street-confident. That’s what it gets from Buffalo and Falletta. The extended violin solo from Amy Licata is worthy of Grappelli.A vital and very generous collection showcasing a concert Ellington who loved his commercial roots yet had more to give and gave it."
 
Rob Barnett - MusicWeb-International.com - 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..."     *** 
 
Jeff Simon - The Buffalo News - February 2013
 



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