Rhapsody in Navy Blue | Originals

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Tracklist

1.
Melillo - A Sending
06:46
2.
Bennett - Suite of Old American Dances - Cake Walk
04:04
3.
Bennett - Suite of Old American Dances - Schottische
02:51
4.
Bennett - Suite of Old American Dances - Western One-Step
03:13
5.
Bennett - Suite of Old American Dances - Wallflower Waltz
03:11
6.
Bennett - Suite of Old American Dances - Rag
03:40
7.
Barber - Commando March
03:32
8.
Copland - Variations on a Shaker Melody
03:25
9.
Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man
03:17
10.
Corigliano - Gazebo Dances for Band - Overture
04:47
11.
Corigliano - Gazebo Dances for Band - Waltz
02:48
12.
Corigliano - Gazebo Dances for Band - Adagio
05:55
13.
Corigliano - Gazebo Dances for Band - Tarantella
02:43
14.
Ives - March, 'Omega Lambda Chi'
02:52
15.
Copland - Emblems
11:20
16.
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
16:25

Description

What makes American music so recognizably American, including the compositions for wind instruments on this special recording? Is it because it mirrors a multicultural nation? A nation of migrants from across the world, of slaves, and, not to forget, of the original Indian inhabitants?

In American music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, these cultures and styles encounter one another and intermingle, stretching from Charles Ives through Aaron Copland to John Adams. In contrast to Europe, traditions in America are less firmly anchored historically, since the nation is young and its musical history much shorter. Classical music in Europe was once something of a sacred bastion, as became quite clear in the 1920s and 1930s when that world was often shaken up by composers who liked to dilute their classical creations with generous dashes of jazz. Among them were Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, and Paul Hindemith.

At first, there was resistance in the USA to the influence of jazz and blues on classical music, as experienced by Aaron Copland, who decamped for some time to Mexico. But the crossing between ‘serious’ and ‘light’ gradually became fluent in America, and audiences came to acknowledge that music may be well-sounding and rhythmically catching.

This recording offers a fine sampling of music from the United States for military band and illustrates this typical, multicolored American amalgam of folk music, religious hymns, jazz, blues, marches, and other military music.

On the present recording, Rhapsody in Blue is heard in the original version, as performed at the1924 premiere by Paul Whiteman’s jazz band, and scored for two clarinets, oboe, three saxophones, two horns, two trumpets, two trombones, tuba, percussion, banjo, violins, and double bass.

A piano roll made in 1925, featuring composer George Gershwin as the soloist (!) was discovered by chance. There was just one problem, however, for the roll comprised not only the solo part but also the accompaniment (piano) part. The 5,000 to 6,000 little perforations were sealed by Jan Bouman, and the result is nothing less than a revelation.

Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy
Major Arjan Tien, Conductor
George Gershwin, Piano Solo on Rhapsody In Blue (1925 Piano Roll)

—> Watch “The Making Of” video of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with George Gershwin’s own performance of the piano solo!

Additional information

Artists

Recording date

Feb 2020

Mastering engineer

Jared Sacks

Editing

Jared Sacks – Pyramix Workstation / Merging Technologies

Cables

Van den Hul

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps

Recording format

DSD 256

Analog to digital converter

Horus, Merging Technologies

Recording location

Studio 1, MCO Hilversum, The Netherlands

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Speakers

Grimm LS1

Press reviews

BBC Radio 3

“Now here’s an irresistible, flamboyant album of Americana from the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy. They’ve called it Rhapsody In Navy Blue and the pianist in Gershwin’s rhapsody is George Gershwin. Yes, it’s from the piano role Gershwin recorded in 1925. But to give you a flavour of the album and the playing, here is something much more recent. A tarantella by John Corigliano.”

[Played track- Corigliano, J: Gazebo Dances for Band IV. Tarantella]

“The tarantella from American composer John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances for Band and the sound of the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy conducted by Major Arjan Tien. American music from Ives, Barber & Copeland to the original jazz band version of Gershwin’s rhapsody in blue, with Gershwin as the pianist. It’s great fun, fine recording as well. Rhapsody in Navy Blue it’s called, a new release on Channel Classics.”

Luister 10 5 out of 5

Arjan Tien zorgde voor nieuw élan (…) Fascinerend repertoire dat ieder Nederlands blaasorkest direct moet gaan beluisteren.

Senior NativeDSD Reviewer

I especially like the Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue and the Copland Fanfare. Great stuff!

Senior NativeDSD Reviewer

I especially like the Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue and the Copland Fanfare. Great stuff!

Noordhollands Dagblad 5 out of 5

Fonkelende uitvoering (…) een huzarenstukje (…) grote verrassing: de vrijheid waarmee Gershwin zijn eigen muziek speelt. (…) Een cd met sprankelende Amerikaanse stukken voor harmonieorkest.

Opus Klassiek

(…) Er wordt letterlijk over de muzikale én topografische grenzen heen gemusiceerd en dan ook nog met werkelijk internationale allure in de MCO-studio in Hilversum vastgelegd. Wat mij betreft mag de serie van de ‘Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy’ met evenveel aplomb worden voortgezet. En dan te bedenken dat Channel Classics met deze serie ‘Originals’ al eerder geschiedenis heeft geschreven.

De Gelderlander 5 out of 5

Dit keer worden de schijnwerpers op de Verenigde Staten gericht en ook met dit repertoire weten majoor Arjan Tien en zijn muzikanten uitstekend raad. (…) Het album ‘Rhapsody in Navy Blue Originals’ eindigt met een hoogst originele versie van de beroemde Rhapsody in Blue uit 1924. Dankzij een door Jan Bouman aangestuurde pianolarol horen we George Gershwin (1898-1937) zelf aan het werk als pianist. (…) Sprankelend entertainment dat regelmatig de verdieping zoekt. De Marinierskapel doet hier en elders niet onder voor de beste Amerikaanse showorkesten.

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