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Jazz Nocturne: American Concertos of the Jazz Age

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This unique album is a wonderful snapshot of American jazz in an orchestral setting. Most classical music aficionados are familiar with George Gershwin and his works such as "Rhapsody in Blue," but there are also a number of less-famous composers who wrote around the same time who are no less brilliant. These composers also interacted with and influenced each other. For example, James Price Johnson also wrote a rhapsody, entitled "Yamekraw, Negro Rhapsody," which is a sophisticated work full of tempo changes, varied rhythms, and various moods and character. William Grant Still orchestrated this piece. "Yamekraw" swings and is syncopated, giving it a very dancelike feel, and the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony ...
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This unique album is a wonderful snapshot of American jazz in an orchestral setting. Most classical music aficionados are familiar with George Gershwin and his works such as "Rhapsody in Blue," but there are also a number of less-famous composers who wrote around the same time who are no less brilliant. These composers also interacted with and influenced each other. For example, James Price Johnson also wrote a rhapsody, entitled "Yamekraw, Negro Rhapsody," which is a sophisticated work full of tempo changes, varied rhythms, and various moods and character. William Grant Still orchestrated this piece. "Yamekraw" swings and is syncopated, giving it a very dancelike feel, and the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra does an excellent job bringing the music alive without ever making it rigid. Not only do it play beautifully on this first piece, but also through the rest of the album, where it truly captures all the moods jazz pieces require while never losing strong classical technique. It is much to conductor Richard Rosenberg's credit that all of the pieces have energy and good musical taste. The "Suite for banjo & orchestra" surprisingly showcases the instrument much like a violin, and even a mandolin in the second movement. Two works by Dana Suesse are another joy to hear. Her "Jazz Nocturne" begins with an ethereal feel that conjures up the night, and then a jazz melody enters on the piano. The piece is romantic, with a sweeping melody in the strings not surprisingly, a popular song was based on one of the melodies in this piece. Suesse's "Concerto in Three Rhythms" is a complex piece that draws on syncopations, active dialogues between instruments, and long, legato lines in the strings. The third movement is especially exciting, an orchestrally fleshed-out rag that shows the strength of this talented yet relatively unknown composer. Suesse and Gershwin were well acquainted with each other, so it is fitting that "Rhapsody in Blue" should also be included on this album. What sets apart this recording of an arguably overplayed piece is its interpretation: it is like a work of jazz that happens to be played by an orchestra, rather than an orchestra trying to play a jazz composition. Pianist Tatiana Roitman's style is clean and bright, accompanied by a sprightly orchestra. The legato lines are never schmaltzy, but crisp. Highly recommended and highly enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2011
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943964729
  • Catalog Number: 8559647
  • Sales rank: 249,106

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Rosenberg Primary Artist, Conductor
Don Vappie Banjo
Peter Mintun Piano
Michael Gurt Piano
Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Gary Hammond Piano
Tatiana Roitman Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
William Grant Still Arranger
James P. Johnson Composer
Harry Reser Composer
Paul Griffith Engineer
Peter Mintun Liner Notes
Dana Suesse Composer
Ferde Grofé Arranger
Carroll Huxley Arranger
Richard Rosenberg Liner Notes
William Fulton Producer
Jamie Tagg Engineer
Hugh Dunnahoe Cover Painting
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