Manhattan Intermezzo | Naxos 8573490

Manhattan Intermezzo

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573490

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 4th January 2016

Contents

Artists

Benjamin Wesner (clarinet)
Jeffrey Biegel (piano)
Brown University Orchestra

Conductor

Paul Phillips

Works

Ellington, Duke

New World a-Comin'

Emerson, Keith

Piano Concerto no.1

Gershwin, George

Rhapsody in Blue

Sedaka, Neil

Manhattan Intermezzo

Artists

Benjamin Wesner (clarinet)
Jeffrey Biegel (piano)
Brown University Orchestra

Conductor

Paul Phillips

About

This programme brings together four works for piano and orchestra by composers best known from the fields of jazz, popular song and progressive rock.

Neil Sedaka’s Manhattan Intermezzo explores the New York of today and yesterday with its melting pot of nationalities. Keith Emerson is best known as a founding member of Emerson Lake & Palmer. His remarkably inventive semi-autobiographical Piano Concerto No.1 fuses his classical training with jazz.

Duke Ellington’s sublime New World a-Comin’ is a visualisation of improved conditions for black people in America, while the rarely heard original version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue represents the quintessential style of New York City in the Roaring Twenties.

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