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|3. The Nutcracker Suite: Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)|
|4. The Nutcracker Suite: Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy)|
|5. The Nutcracker Suite: Entr'acte|
|6. The Nutcracker Suite: The Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)|
|7. The Nutcracker Suite: Chinoiserie (Chinese Dance)|
|8. The Nutcracker Suite: Danse Of The Floreadores (Waltz Of The Flowers)|
|9. The Nutcracker Suite: Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance)|
|10. Peer Gynt Suite Nos 1 And 2: Morning Mood|
|11. Peer Gynt Suite Nos 1 And 2: In The Hall Of The Mountain King|
|12. Peer Gynt Suite Nos 1 And 2: Solvejg's Song|
|13. Peer Gynt Suite Nos 1 And 2: Ase's Death|
|14. Peer Gynt Suite Nos 1 And 2: Anitra's Dance|
|15. SuiteThursday: Misfit Blues|
|16. SuiteThursday: Schwiphti|
|17. SuiteThursday: Zweet Zurzday|
|18. SuiteThursday: Lay-By|
In this master adaptation, Duke puts his famous jazzy touch on classics by Tchaikovsky ( Nutcracker Suite ), Grieg ( Peer Gynt Suites ) and John Steinbeck's engaging novel, Sweet Thursday , with his original composition of Zweet Zurzday . Also includes Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance of the Red-Pipes); Sugar-Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy); In the Hall of the Mountain King; Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance); Morning Mood; Anitra's Dance , and much more!
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Take one brief movement of The Nutcracker Suite--the "Entr'act." Listen to it several times, and then just simply marvel. We hear the composer's orchestral textures, we hear the colorful voices of no less than 4 different soloists, we hear nuanced dynamics, and finally we experience a collaborative celebration as much a product of the individual parts as their sum meaning. And all of this occurs in approximately 60 seconds! Now compare what you've just heard to the formulaic, 3-section, 2-dimensional dyanamics that characterize virtually any other big band.
This collection is not only indispensable but an unbeatable value. The order of the 3 suites--Nutcracker, Peer Gynt, Suite Thursday--probably reflects their order of artistic merit. What's unfortunate about this edition is that consumers searching for Ellington's "Nutcracker" may not locate it due to the unlikely title, "Three Suites." But make no mistake about it. This Nutcracker is no novelty project, no mere "jazzing up" of the classics. Ellington comes at the piece as another jazz artist might approach a Gershwin or Cole Porter standard. The result is a "re-visioning" that exposes Ellington's inimitable genius without dismissing Tchaikowsky's.
The five samples Amazon currently provides will give a good flavor of what's happening--"Sugar Rum Cherry" is a particular favorite--but I think the program really peaks with the last few pieces of the suite. "Arabesque Cookie" and "Chinoiserie" are truly sublime.
The "Peer Gynt" and "Suite Thursday" sections may be of less interest--but, honestly, who cares? You're going to get this, and love it, because of "The Nutcracker Suite." Those nine tracks by themselves are worth every penny. I hope that someday soon Sony will redesign the cover and print THE NUTCRACKER prominently on the front, so that more holiday shoppers will be drawn to the disc. Not only is this "Nutcracker" one of my most favorite holiday recordings, but I think it's one of the best things Ellington & Strayhorn ever did. I wish everyone could hear it.
As a classical musician married to a jazz musician I was really curious about what Duke Ellington would do with the Nutcracker Suite.
All I can say is that it's absolutely fabulous and wonderful! We need to see the ABT dance to this version someday!