A stunning selection of Wynton's most celebrated classical recordings, including works by Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell, Rimsky-Korsakov, Handel, Bernstein, Haydn, Paganini and more. Of particular note are a duet with Kathleen Battle from the Baroque Duet album and one previously unreleased performance. 20 tracks, more than 70 minutes of music!
Wynton Marsalis may not have an easily recognizable or even particularly handsome tone, but this erstwhile jazz trumpeter is an amazing virtuoso with a fine sense of classical style. If you've never owned/heard any of his classical CDs, and you love (mostly baroque) trumpet music, this compilation--a sort of "greatest hits"--is for you. From such cruddy, sensationalistic works as Carnival of Venice to the glories of Haydn's E-Flat Concerto, this is grand entertainment. Marsalis is joined by Kathleen Battle in an exciting version of Handel's "Let the bright seraphim," and the treat there is doubled. A fine piece by Hovhaness for trumpet and organ, never before released, is another surprise. Come listen to the endless, seemingly casual roulades that come out of this guy's trumpet--they'll wake you right up. --Robert Levine
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.62 x 4.92 x 0.33 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Sony Classical
- Item model number : 2011618
- Original Release Date : 1998
- Run time : 1 hour and 10 minutes
- Date First Available : July 25, 2006
- Label : Sony Classical
- ASIN : B00000DI10
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,859 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Many, especially J. Clarke's are Processional type pieces, so they are royal and magnificent. Marsalis is very crisp and clean in his phrasing. His sound is crystal and sharp.
Especially enjoyable is his work on J. Haydyn's Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major, which moves and showcases his allegro abilities.
The delicacy emitted on the piece with soprano superb Battle is magnificent, a rendering of Handel's "Let the Bright Seraphim."
Truly the versatility of this premier trumpeter pours forth for the near seventy minutes of this collection, from Vivaldi to Bach's Brandenburg, to Mozart to Bernstein's Rondo for Lifey.
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As always on these Sony Recordings, the depth and width of the perceived audio sound stage was superb and totally flawless.
This is the first time I have heard Wynton playing classical music, (his performance in jazz recordings is legendary, and well worth seeking out if you are a jazz lover) However his performance here in classical repertoire was staggering and superb, his renditions of 'The Prince of Denmark's march' - J. Clarke, and 'Trumpet Voluntary' - J. Stanley, as examples, was seriously on the edge of your seat stuff.
If you are serious about classical music, baroque and trumpet, then this recording should be at the top of your list.
Very Strongly Recommended.