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|Jean-Joseph Mouret, Jeremiah Clarke, Giuseppe Torelli|
Wynton Marsalis: In Gabriel's Garden
Genres: Jazz, Miscellaneous, Classical
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Judith Laura | 02/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This does NOT sound like a jazz musician's take on classical music. Rather, it sounds like (and is) a classically-trained musician playing Baroque music with all the embellishments associated with Baroque style in what feels like as close a way as we can get to the original (according to musicologists) without having actually heard how it was played centuries ago. That Wynton Marsalis can do this so well and what sounds like so easily, may be due to his jazz experience. So much the better for us! My understanding is that Baroque tradition was to play a phrase or part of the music relatively unembellished the first time, and when repeated it was to be embellished as the soloist saw fit. These embellishments were often improvised. In other words, improvisation was part of Baroque music (similar to the way it is in jazz). In addition to his exquisite embellishments, Marsalis' trumpeting on the Shilke Piccalo Trumpet (acc. to liner notes) is exquisite--both strong and sweet. Similarly, varying the instrumentation from what you may be used to hearing is also within the Baroque tradition (For example:How many variations of his Messiah did Handel himself direct?). The technical recording quality of this CD is excellent, as is the balance among instruments of The English Chamber Orchestra. Ecstatically recommended!"