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ELLINGTON, D.: Black, Brown and Beige / Harlem / Three Black Kings / The River Suite (Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)


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ELLINGTON, D.: Black, Brown and Beige / Harlem / Three Black Kings / The River Suite (Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington wrote some of the twentieth century’s greatest Big Band music, but he also wrote in a variety of forms. The boisterous and evocative Harlem pays tribute to Ellington’s roots, Black, Brown, and Beige sets work songs and spirituals, whilst the suite from The River shows his genius in writing for the stage. Three Black Kings, scored as a ballet, was left unfinished at his death, but shows no lessening of invention. Ellington’s arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s Take the ‘A’ Train became famous around the world after the outbreak of World War II, and ranks among the most widely recorded standards of all time.

Ellington, Duke
Peress, Maurice, arranger(s)

  Harlem (arr. M. Peress for orchestra)
1.   Harlem (arr. M. Peress for orchestra) 00:14:27
  Black, Brown and Beige (arr. M. Peress for orchestra)
2.   Black 00:08:25
3.   Brown 00:05:26
4.   Beige 00:04:38

Ellington, Duke
Ellington, Mercer, arranger(s)

  Three Black Kings (completed by M. Ellington)
5.   No. 1. King of the Magi 00:04:44
6.   No. 2. King Solomon 00:06:27
7.   No. 3. Martin Luther King 00:06:59

Ellington, Duke
Collier, Ron, arranger(s)

  The River Suite (arr. R. Collier for orchestra) (excerpts)
8.   I. The Spring 00:03:30
9.   II. The Meander 00:03:57
10.   III. The Giggling Rapids 00:03:00
11.   IV. The Lake 00:07:18
12.   VI. The River 00:03:19

Strayhorn, Billy
Ellington, Duke, arranger(s)

  Take the A Train (arr. D. Ellington for orchestra)
13.   Take the A Train (arr. D. Ellington for orchestra) 00:06:19

Total Playing Time: 01:18:29

Ellington, Duke; Strayhorn, Billy

Collier, Ron; Ellington, Duke; Ellington, Mercer; Peress, Maurice

Falletta, JoAnn

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Andolina, Sal; Di Lorenzo, Tony; Licata, Amy

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559737

Barcode: 636943973721

Physical Release: 02/2013

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