The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cristian Măcelaru & Wynton Marsalis – Blues Symphony (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:04 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Jazz
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The blues is one of America’s greatest cultural inventions—and now, it provides the backbone for one of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wynton Marsalis’s most innovative and colossal works. In the hands of the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of celebrated conductor Cristian Măcelaru, Blues Symphony (Marsalis’s second symphony) takes the 12-bar blues and explodes it into a lyrical, kaleidoscopic history of American music.
The symphony’s movements are each infused with different influences—a ragtime stomp here, a habanera rhythm there—and, collectively, they take listeners on a sonic journey through America’s revolutionary era, the early beginnings of jazz in New Orleans, and even a big city soundscape that serves as a nod to the Great Migration. This 2019 performance, recorded live in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, builds upon the legacies of Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, George Gershwin, and other American masters, demonstrating the genius and breadth of Marsalis’s imagination.
“The blues helps you remember back before the troubles on hand and in mind,” says Marsalis, “and they carry you on the wings of angels to a timeless higher ground.” With the exquisite palette provided by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Blues Symphony is a triumphant ode to the power of the blues and the scope of America’s musical heritage.
01. Philadelphia Orchestra – Movement I: Born in Hope (07:29)
02. Philadelphia Orchestra – Movement II: Swimming in Sorrow (13:22)
03. Philadelphia Orchestra – Movement III: Reconstruction Rag (10:19)
04. Philadelphia Orchestra – Movement IV: Southwestern Shakedown (07:49)
05. Philadelphia Orchestra – Movement V: Big City Breaks (04:35)
06. Philadelphia Orchestra – Movement VI: Danzón y Mambo, Choro y Samba (11:51)
07. Philadelphia Orchestra – Movement VII: Dialog in Democracy (06:36)