Beethoven Invents Jazz

Release Date: 11/15/2011
Label: Erato
Catalog Number: 5099907092329
Orchestra/Ensemble: Melos Ensemble London
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Ludwig van Beethoven invented jazz. That statement might seem enough to provoke a paroxysm from a musicologist, but, with a passage in his final piano sonata, No 32, Beethoven created the first example of pure swing in the history of music. We might also wonder how the serious-minded Johannes Brahms could open a sonata movement with a walking bass blues that smacks of the Mississippi Delta, or how Modest Mussorgsky, in his Pictures at an Exhibition, foreshadows Quincy Jones. This album makes these extraordinary connections before exploring the profound influence of jazz on composers of the 20th century, from Maurice Ravel to Leonard Bernstein.
Works on This Recording
1. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99: 2nd movement, Adagio affetuoso - Excerpt(s) by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello), Juhani Lagerspetz (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ;
2. Pictures at an exhibition: no 9, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks by Modest Mussorgsky
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Russia
3. Children's Corner: no 6, Golliwogg's Cake-walk by Claude Debussy
Performer: Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906-1908 ; France
4. La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer: Jean-Bernard Pommier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; France
5. Ebony Concerto: 1st movement, Allegro moderato by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Michael Collins (Clarinet)
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
6. Scaramouche, Op. 165b: no 3, Brazileira by Darius Milhaud
Performer: Christian Ivaldi (Piano), Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; France
7. La création du monde, Op. 81: Excerpt(s) by Darius Milhaud
Conductor: Alberto Zedda
Period: Modern
Written: 1923 ; France
8. Rhapsody in Blue: Excerpt(s) by George Gershwin
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; USA
9. Girl Crazy: I got rhythm by George Gershwin
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930 ; USA
10. West Side Story: Symphonic Dances - Prologue by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
11. West Side Story: Symphonic Dances - Mambo by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
12. West Side Story: Symphonic Dances - Blues by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Period: Modern
Written: 1960 ;
13. Concerto for Clarinet no 2, Op. 115: 3rd movement, The Pre-Goodman Rag by Malcolm Arnold
Performer: Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1974 ; England
14. Pianolettes: Jazzartistrix by Billy Mayerl
Performer: Susan [Piano] Tomes (Piano)
Period: Modern
15. Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1: no 24 in A minor by Niccolò Paganini
Performer: Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1805 ; Italy
16. Die Dreigroschenoper: Kanonensong by Kurt Weill
Conductor: Otto Klemperer
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928 ; Berlin, Germany
17. Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 4, no 113, Bulgarian Rhythm I by Béla Bartók
Performer: Georges Solchany (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926-1939 ; Budapest, Hungary
18. Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111: 3rd movement, Sebes by Béla Bartók
Performer: Gervase [Clarinet] de Peyer (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Melos Ensemble London
Period: Modern
Written: 1938 ;
19. Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111: 2nd movement, Arietta - Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Yves Nat (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1821-1822 ;
20. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major: 2nd movement, Blues by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Frank Braley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923-1927 ; France
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