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American Classics - Berlin For Brass /Chestnut Brass Company


Release Date: 09/17/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559123   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A single disc may not suffice to cover the scope and range of Irving Berlin's prolific trove of melodies; however, the 19 selections on Berlin for Brass manage to give a judicious overview, from Berlin's early novelties (Cuba, That International Rag, Alexander's Ragtime Band) and guileless ballads (What'll I Do) to songs Fred Astaire made famous (Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails, Puttin' on the Ritz) and Ethel Merman showstoppers (They Say It's Wonderful and There's No Business Like Show Business). Rare Berlin gems such as Lazy, Listening, and Harlem on my Mind merit discovery, while the touching, curiously underrated Supper Time deserves equal classic status alongside White Christmas.


The arrangements conjure up the
Read more syncopated milieu of Berlin's prime while incorporating the harmonic sophistication and textural savvy such arrangers as Robert Farnon and Nelson Riddle brought to this idiom. Eleven are by Jay Krush, the ensemble's deft tuba player, and they reveal his talent for imaginative muted effects (Blue Skies' opening and closing trumpet solos with Harmon mute evoke Miles Davis) and contrapuntal sidetalk. I especially enjoyed E. Solot's unpredictable modulations in Alexander's Ragtime Band, and his gorgeously reharmonized White Christmas. M. Hood's snazzy, vivacious treatment of When I Lost You is also memorable, and light years removed from the song's origins as a ballad Berlin wrote in tribute to his late first wife. The sound is fine, but music such as this cries out for more sonic oomph and close-up detail. Brass mavens take notice!
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: E. Solot 
2.
Annie Get Your Gun: They say it's wonderful by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: D. Sorenson 
3.
Follow the Fleet: Let yourself go by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: J. Krush 
4.
Top Hat: Top Hat, White Tie and Tails by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: J. Krush 
5.
Betsy: Blue Skies by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: J. Krush 
6.
Top Hat: No Strings by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: J. Krush 
7.
Music Box Revue: Listening by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: M. Hood 
8.
Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic: I'll see you in C-U-B-A by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: J. Krush 
9.
Alexander's Ragtime Band: Alexander's Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: E. Solot 
10.
What'll I Do? by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: J. Krush 
11.
Puttin' on the Ritz: Puttin' on the Ritz by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: D. Sorenson 
12.
Get thee behind me, Satan by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: J. Krush 
13.
As Thousands Cheer: Suppertime by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: J. Krush 
14.
As Thousands Cheer: Heat Wave by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: J. Krush 
15.
Lazy by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: M. Hood 
16.
That International Rag by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: J. Krush 
17.
As Thousands Cheer: Harlem On My Mind by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: J. Krush 
18.
When I Lost You by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1912; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: M. Wood 
19.
Annie Get Your Gun: There's no business like show business by Irving Berlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chestnut Brass Company
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Lieberman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: D. Sorenson 

Sound Samples

Follow the Fleet (arr. J. Krush): Let Yourself Go
Top Hat (arr. J. Krush): Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
The Jazz Singer (arr. J. Krush): Blue Skies
I'll See you in Cuba (arr. J. Krush): (I'll See you in) Cuba
Alexander's Ragtime Band (arr. E. Solot): Alexander's Ragtime Band
Alexander's Ragtime Band (arr. J. Krush): What'll I Do?
Puttin' on the Ritz (arr. D. Sorenson): Puttin' on the Ritz
Get Thee Behind Me, Satan (arr. J. Krush): Get Thee Behind Me, Satan
As Thousands Cheer (arr. J. Krush): Supper Time
Listening (arr. M. Hood): Listening
As Thousands Cheer (arr. J. Krush): Heat Wave
No Strings (arr. J. Krush): No Strings
Lazy (arr. M. Hood): Lazy
International Rag (arr. J. Krush): That International Rag
Annie Get Your Gun (arr. D. Sorenson): They Say It's Wonderful
Holiday Inn (arr. E. Solot): White Christmas
Harlem On My Mind (arr. J. Krush): Harlem On My Mind
When I Lost You (arr. M. Hood): When I Lost You
Annie Get Your Gun (arr. D. Sorenson): There's No Business Like Show Business

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