Irving Berlin: Berlin for Brass

Irving Berlin: Berlin for Brass

by Irving Berlin
     
 

The Berlin for Brass volume in Naxos' American Classics series focuses on Irving Berlin. Performing the iconic composer's music is the Chestnut Brass Company. At a relatively brief 19 songs, the set is forced to cover the main points only of Berlin. Thus, well-known favorites like "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like ShowSee more details below

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The Berlin for Brass volume in Naxos' American Classics series focuses on Irving Berlin. Performing the iconic composer's music is the Chestnut Brass Company. At a relatively brief 19 songs, the set is forced to cover the main points only of Berlin. Thus, well-known favorites like "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and even "White Christmas" dominate the set here. The limitations of a brass band are made clear about halfway through when one starts to long for some strings or percussion to soften the sound. But besides this minor gripe, the Chestnut Brass Co. does a fine job of interpreting Berlin's music, finding nuance amid its brassy bluster. "Heat Wave" and "No Strings (I'm Fancy Free)" especially bop along at a quick clip, the former defining the high and low ends of the brass band with aplomb, while the latter is as jaunty and carefree as the song's name. It's probably difficult to make such a boisterous section of instruments sound light and airy, so it's a credit to the arranger here that "No Strings" is so bouncy. The arrangements and performances elsewhere range from satisfactory to great, making Berlin for Brass a release that should appeal to fans of the composer, brass instruments, or both.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943912324
catalogNumber:
8559123
Rank:
155745

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Tracks

  1. Let Yourself Go, song (from "Follow the Fleet")
  2. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, song (from "Top Hat")
  3. Blue Skies, song (originally interpolated into the R.Rodgers musical "B
  4. C-U-B-A, song (from "Blue Skies")
  5. Alexander's Ragtime Band, song
  6. What'll I Do?, song
  7. Puttin' on the Ritz, song (from "Puttin' On The Ritz")
  8. Get Thee Behind Me Satan, song (from "Follow the Fleet")
  9. Suppertime, song (from "As Thousands Cheer")
  10. Listening, song (from "The Music Box Revue of 1924-1925") [From the Mus
  11. Heat Wave, song (from "As Thousands Cheer")
  12. No Strings, song (from "Top Hat")
  13. Lazy, song
  14. That International Rag, for chamber ensemble
  15. They Say It's Wonderful, song (from "Annie Get your Gun")
  16. White Christmas, song (from "Holiday Inn")
  17. Harlem on My Mind, song (from "As Thousands Cheer")
  18. When I Lost You, song
  19. There's No Business Like Show Business, song (from "Annie Get your Gun"

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