"Marsalis plays the best trumpet I have ever heard. The recording is the finest example of what SACD can do. I found myself marveling at the sound and the playing of Marsalis. Have been listening to classical music for 50 years and this was the best recording of (1)the orchestra, (2)the concert hall and (3)the trumpet. I cannot recall ever being as impressed, except by the live music in Boston's Symphony Hall or Jordan Hall. I have this recording done originally in the 90's and love it, but this re-recording onto SACD is astounding."
One of the best recordings I have ever heard.
Porter Crane | 10/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The way Marsalis can blend a style of jazz and classical into the songs he is performing is excellent. I especially enjoyed his cadenza in the Haydn concerto which shows off his exquisite trumpet playing capabilities you don't get from other trumpeters. The style he plays with almost reminds me of the great Al Hirt when he played the concerto with the Boston Pops. This is an excellent CD and also features, unlike the 1987 recording, the Fasch Concerto. This CD should be a part of every players listening repetoire."
A most amazing trumpet
Porter Crane | Wokingham, United Kingdom | 11/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Prehaps my fellow reviewer is right and this may not be the most technically correct rendition of Haydn. However, to a non-musician, this album is just staggeringly good. Wynton's trumpet playing soars. I know that classical music is about blending and pacing, but I like the element of jazz that has crept in. He is solo-ing to an orchestral accompaniment. It takes my breath away to listen to those clear, pure notes reinterpreting music I have heard all my life. I do love his jazz, but I will never, ever get rid of my classical Marsalis CDs."
The Best Classical Trumpet Ever Recorded
Sam | Ann Arbor, MI | 12/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the finest classical trumpet recording I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. If one researches Wynton Marsalis albums, one will find that he has recorded the pieces appearing on this CD quite a few times. However, I find this performance to be his best, and the recording quality to be as well. This CD is superb for aspiring trumpeters, like myself, other musicians, or just an individual who appreciates fantastic music. You will not be disappointed with this CD."