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Preludes, Fugues And Riffs - Jazz In Classical Music


Release Date: 05/25/1999 
Label:  Sony Classical Npr Milestones Catalog #: 61697   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George GershwinDarius MilhaudAaron CoplandIgor Stravinsky,   ... 
Performer:  George GershwinBenny GoodmanMiles Davis
Conductor:  Michael Tilson ThomasLeonard BernsteinIgor StravinskyMax Goberman,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz BandColumbia Chamber OrchestraNew York Philharmonic,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection contains both mono and stereo recordings.
Since its genesis jazz has fascinated classical musicians, and this disc documents some of the traffic at the crossroads. Among the first European composers to get into jazz was Darius Milhaud, whose 'La Creation du Monde' joyfully appropriates the instrumentation and energy of early jazz, much as Igor Stravinsky's 'Ebony Concerto,' written for the Woody Herman band, distills the essence of late swing-era cool.
Of course there's George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' which seems to swallow jazz, pop, Broadway, and Hollywood in a single gulp, especially in this wildly animated performance with an original Gershwin piano roll playing the solo part as Michael Tilson Thomas and
Read more his orchestra do their best to keep up. Then, at the other end of the metabolic spectrum, Gil Evans' legendary adaptation of Rodrigo's nostalgic 'Concierto de Aranjuez' showcases the trumpet of Miles Davis in mellow repose. All the performances come from the Sony/Columbia archives, with maestro Leonard Bernstein in the Milhaud, clarinetist Benny Goodman in the Stravinsky, and both together in Bernstein's 'Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs.' Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  George Gershwin (Player Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/23/1976 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 13 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: George Gershwin recorded the piano roll of the solo part for this selection in 1925. 
2.
La création du monde, Op. 81 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
Date of Recording: 03/22/1951 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 15 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Music for the Theatre: Burlesque by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/15/1958 
Venue:  St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Ebony Concerto by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/27/1965 
Venue:  Hollywood, California 
Length: 9 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Prelude, Fugue and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1955; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/06/1963 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6.
West Side Story: Something's coming by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Max Goberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/29/1957 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal 
7.
West Side Story: Cool by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Max Goberman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/29/1957 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
Pharaoh by Jimmy Giuffre
Performer:  Miles Davis (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jazz and Classical Music Society Brass Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/23/1956 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
9.
Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar: 2nd movement, Adagio by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Miles Davis (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Gil Evans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Spain 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1959 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 16 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Gil Evans 

Sound Samples

Rhapsody in Blue
La création du monde, op. 81
IV. Burlesque
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Moderato; Con moto
Prelude for the Brass
Fugue for the Saxes
Riffs for Everyone
Something's Coming (Larry Kert)
Cool (Mickey Calin, The Jets)
Pharaoh
Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) (Master)

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