Rhapsody In Navy Blue – Originals

Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256

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 the 1924 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 (from the Original 1925 Piano Roll)

 

Read more details about this release in this blog post.

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

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

Total time: 01:20:49

Additional information

Label

SKU

42920

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Cables

Van den Hul

Digital Converters

Horus, Merging Technologies

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Studio 1, MCO Hilversum, the Netherlands (FEB 2020)

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 256

Speakers

Grimm LS1

Release Date October 2, 2020

Press reviews

NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

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

Great stuff!

1 review for Rhapsody In Navy Blue – Originals

    I took a chance on this recording after reading that I could hear Gershwin play Gershwin. I mean, how could you not want to find out what this is all about? After listening to this album several times (I almost cannot stop playing it) I can attest that even without the Gershwin, I recommend buying this album. All of the music is wonderful. Melilo’s “A Sending” is a great new piece for me that had an immediate emotional impact when I listened to for the first time.

    It is hard to appreciate the sound of a live horn section, and percussion section, as experienced in the concert hall. As a regular patron of live Seattle Symphony Orchestra performances for many years, sitting relatively close to the stage, I am are continually astounded by the sound quality of a live orchestra. The sound pressure emanating from the stage is amazing, particularly from the horns and the bigger drums. The clarity of the many other percussion instruments in this setting is hard to capture in a recording. So, I wondered if a recording of the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy could capture that magic? I can now say that It most certainly does.

    Being stuck at home most of the year, I have purchased, and listened to a fair amount music this year. There is still a little over two months to go, but this is currently album of the year for me.

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