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|Wynton Marsalis, Haydn, Hummel|
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Brilliant but not perfect...
sherri j. thorne | 08/06/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the most astonishing classical debut's for years, all the more so because of Marsalis's fame as a jazzman at the time. He was extremely young at the time of recording, and this youth shows through, not in the exuberance of the performance, but in the rough edges. The performances are technically brilliant and the tempi are in my opnion perfectly judged, but there is a brashness that detracts slightly from the elegance of the pieces. Marsalis has a habit of "adding" to the concerti, no doubt due to his grounding in jazz, and at times these embellishments can be less than successful. The Mozart is a good example of this, but there are instances in the Haydn too which can grate on the nerves. That said this is THE seminal recording of the Haydn; there are no others which even come close to it. The rough edges and add-ons are easily forgiven in the face or Wynton's sheer fluency with the instrument. Many people say he plays with no soul, but this recording alone should put paid to any argument. The Hummel is good natured and the lighting quick rondo is sheer fun the way Marsalis plays it. The Mozart, rapidly establishing itself in recent years, is not up there with Hardenberger's recording, but Marsais has, for me, the perfect piccolo trumpet tone, not sickly sweet nor too subdued. If you're a trumpeter, or even if you're just looking for wonderful performances of great music, (ie the Haydn and the Hummel, which IS a great concerto), then GET THIS DISC! If you're more fond of Andre's tone or Hardenberger's refinement then it may take a little longer to grow on you, but it's well worth it.So why only four stars when I obviously love it so much? Marsalis had a long way to go at this time, and the lack of refinement (yes I know he's NEVER going to be quite refined) can take away from the music sometimes. As well as that the cadenza for the Haydn, breathtaking as it is, fits in about as well as a Yak in a poodle grooming parlour. All the same, this is a disc no-one should be without."
The Definitive Recording Of Haydn, Hummel, and L. Mozart!
sherri j. thorne | brooklyn, new york United States | 08/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was given a recording of Maurice Andre's interpretation of these 3 concertos many years ago as a gift. I thought that they were the definitive recordings. NOT ANY MORE. I brought this CD without ever really knowing who Wynton Marsalis was, and I have NEVER regreted it !!! This is THE definitive recording of Haydn, Hummel, & L. Mozart. I'll always remember my late father's reaction when he first heard this CD: "Lord Have Mercy, this young man is GREAT!!""
The Definitive Classical Trumpet CD
David R. Seid | Fairfax, VA USA | 12/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I mean no disrespect to Mr. Meuller, his 1 star rating for the sublime performance by Marsalis and company here is quite frankly an insult to such a fine effort. Wynton Marsalis is without a doubt the best trumpet player on the face of this planet, and that is not going to change any time soon. Quite frankly, this debut classical recording by Marsalis is also his best (and Grammy Award winning to boot). I don't begrudge Mr. Meuller for thinking another player or performance better, but to say that *many* trumpet *students* play these works better is an outrageous statement, and I hope other prospective buyers do not take such unfair and inacurate remarks to heart.For my part, this CD has been in my collection for years (actually, I have had to replace it several times due to wearing the CDs out), and it will remain so. You have a classic CD at an unbelievable price here. Don't pass this one up for your collection."