Baroque Music: Wynton Marsalis, Edita Gruberova, Raymond Leppard & the English Chamber

Baroque Music: Wynton Marsalis, Edita Gruberova, Raymond Leppard & the English Chamber

by Raymond Leppard



Having made a commercially and artistically successful classical debut with a classical-period album the year before, Marsalis doubled back to the Baroque era for the follow-up, a grab bag of concertos, overtures, arias, and such. If anything, this album is even more winning than the debut album because the program offers several easily assimilated changes of pace and the music contains more opportunities for Marsalis to soar in the trumpet's high-flying upper register. He flashes through the Fasch "Trumpet Concerto," a pair of Torelli "Sonatas for Trumpet and Strings," short excerpts from Purcell's operas, and Molter's "Trumpet Concerto No. 2" in high style, displaying a smooth, straightforward tone that doesn't go beyond letting the music speak for itself. Soprano Edita Gruberova sounds luminous yet a bit distant and not too intelligible in Handel's "Let the Bright Seraphim" and "Eternal Source of Light Divine" and Purcell's "Sound the Trumpet." But then, it's pretty obvious who the designated star is; Marsalis' trumpet is always mixed above that of his singer. Raymond Leppard returns to lead stylishly tailored accompaniments, recorded in London with the crack English Chamber Orchestra. Like the one before it, this classical album was released simultaneously with a Marsalis jazz project (Hot House Flowers), making both divisions of CBS Records extremely happy.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643906128
catalogNumber: 39061

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raymond Leppard   Primary Artist
English Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Edita Gruberová   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet
Charles Tunnell   Trumpet,Cello

Technical Credits

Johann Friedrich Fasch   Composer
George Frideric Handel   Composer
Johann Melchior Molter   Composer
Henry Purcell   Composer
Raymond Leppard   Director
Giuseppe Torelli   Composer
Allen Weinberg   Cover Design
Wolfgang Steuhl   Liner Note Translation
Chris Callis   Cover Photo
Tony Faulkner   Control Engineer
Buddy Graham   Remixing
Steven Epstein   Producer
Robert T. Jones   Liner Notes

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