Wynton Marsalis

Classic Wynton

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Classic Wynton Review

by John Bush

There are undoubtedly many jazz fans who've been curious about Wynton Marsalis' classical recordings. Recognizing Marsalis' canon would benefit from an introductory volume, Sony Classical compiled Classic Wynton, which includes a cross-section of his non-jazz recordings from 1984 to 1998. Fans won't be surprised by the artist's clear, pure tone on these pieces, composed by Purcell, Handel, J.S. Bach, Hovhaness, Rimsky-Korsakov, and J.B. Arban. (The last, "Variations on 'Le Carnaval de Venise'," is famous as one of teenage Wynton's favorite pieces from his practice book.) Unfortunately for novices, the liners neglect a list of his classical discography, and the 1998 date ensures that several of his famous 1999 performances won't be present. Still, dipping a toe in the water is quite easy with this volume.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Wynton Marsalis 01:14 SpotifyAmazon
Double Trumpet Concerto for 2 trumpets, strings & continuo in C major, RV 537
2 Wynton Marsalis 03:09
The Indian Queen, semi-opera, Z. 630
3 Wynton Marsalis 00:41
4 Wynton Marsalis 02:53
5 Wynton Marsalis 03:35 SpotifyAmazon
Samson, oratorio, HWV 57
6 Wynton Marsalis 05:31
7 Wynton Marsalis 02:04
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
8 Wynton Marsalis 02:59
9 Wynton Marsalis 01:48
Concerto for trumpet & string orchestra in D major
10 Wynton Marsalis 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
Trumpet Concerto in D major, MH 104
11 Wynton Marsalis 06:00
Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, H. 7e/1
12 Wynton Marsalis 04:34
Trumpet Concerto in E or E flat major, WoO 1, S. 49
13 Wynton Marsalis 03:38
14 Wynton Marsalis 01:47 SpotifyAmazon
15 Wynton Marsalis 07:34
16 Wynton Marsalis 01:25 SpotifyAmazon
17 Wynton Marsalis 04:07
Concerto for trumpet & orchestra
18 Wynton Marsalis 07:30 SpotifyAmazon
19 Wynton Marsalis 04:33
The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Skazka o Tsare Saltane), opera in 4 acts with a prologue
20 Wynton Marsalis 01:05
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