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Duke Ellington: Black, Brown and Beige - Harlem - Three Black Kings - The River - Take the 'A' Train

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta

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Harlem (orchestration by M. Peress)
Duke Ellington; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
14:27
Black, Brown and Beige (orchestration by M. Peress)  
2
Black
Duke Ellington; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
8:25
3
Brown
Duke Ellington; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
5:26
4
Beige
Duke Ellington; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
4:38
Three Black Kings (completed by M. Ellington)  
5
No. 1. King of the Magi
Duke Ellington; Sal Andolina; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
4:44
6
No. 2. King Solomon
Duke Ellington; Sal Andolina; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
6:27
7
No. 3. Martin Luther King
Duke Ellington; Sal Andolina; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
6:59
The River Suite (orchestration by R. Collier)  
8
I. The Spring
Duke Ellington; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
3:30
9
II. The Meander
Duke Ellington; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
3:57
10
III. The Giggling Rapids
Duke Ellington; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
3:00
11
IV. The Lake
Duke Ellington; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
7:18
12
VI. The River
Duke Ellington; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
3:19
13
Take the 'A' Train (arr. by D. Ellington)
Billy Strayhorn; Sal Andolina; Tony Di Lorenzo; Amy Licata; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta
6:19
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    78:29
"This is not only a keeper, but a fantastic introduction to Ellington’s sound world ... to JoAnn Falletta, you go, girl! Give us another disc like this!"
- Fanfare

"... the pieces all display Ellington’s genius for captivating melodies, dramatic effect and surging energy. The Buffalo forces deliver with bounce and brio ... his magnum opus Black, Brown and Beige shines in its orchestral setting ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... we badly needed a top-notch survey of Ellington’s orchestral music and this inspiring disc fits the bill perfectly. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic have yet to make a finer record. The performances are just marvelous. The various instrumental soloists are all brilliant, captured in bright, natural, high-impact sound. This is a very necessary release ... it’s a joy."
- ClassicsToday.com

On this landmark recording, JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra demonstrate the stunning depth of Duke Ellington’s musical knowledge and diversity and his astonishing talent as a composer. Although known primarily for his jazz works, Ellington was both active and prolific in the world of concert music. A must have for fans of what Ellington called "American Music."
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo,
New York, USA, from 9th to 11th May, 2012
Produced and engineered by Tim Handley
Booklet notes: Edward Yadzinski
Publishers: G. Schirmer, Inc. (tracks 1-12); Luther Henderson Estate (track 13)
Cover photograph by Marcio Silva / Dreamstime

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