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Recorded by the BBC at the BBC Maida Vale Studio 1 in September 2018.
Artistic direction: Neil Varley
Sound engineer: Drew Leckie
Postproduction: Franck Jaffrès (Little Tribeca), assisté d’Aurélie Martin
Photo credit: Emma Pick
Benny Goodman on fire! - Pierre Génisson, BBC Concert Orchestra
à La Seine Musicale
Released: 24 January 2020
Swing: a Benny Goodman Story
- Aaron Copland
- Ben Bernie & Maceo Pinkard
- Cliff Burwell
- Edgar Sampson
- Fred Fischer
- Igor Stravinsky
- Leonard Bernstein
- Louis Prima
For his new record, Pierre Genisson honors the legacy of the one known as the 'King of Swing' and his worldwide successes: Benny Goodman.
Both composer and conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois, the clarinetist shared his musical life between jazz and classical music: He was the first to perform jazz music with black musicians in the famous Carnegie Hall in 1938. Though we know most of his jazz standards, he also contributed a lot to the development of the classic clarinet repertoire: for instance he distinguished himself performing Aaron Copland's Concerto, Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue and Riffs or Bartók's Contrasts.
Bringing together these emblematic works with unforgettable hits like "Sweet Georgia Brown" or the irresistible "Sing, sing, sing", Pierre Genisson makes Benny Goodman's star shine brighter and proves once again, alongside with the brilliant musicians of the BBC Concert Orchestra, all the extent of his talent.
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This album is a joy from start to finish.
1. Louis Prima, Sing, Sing, Sing (with a Swing)
2-3. Aaron Copland, Concerto for clarinet, string orchestra and harp
I. Slowly and expressively
II. Rather fast
4. Fred Fischer, Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)
5-7. Leonard Bernstein, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs for solo clarinet
and jazz ensemble
8. Cliff Burwell, Sweet Lorraine
9-11. Igor Stravinsky, Ebony Concerto for clarinet and jazz ensemble
I. Allegro moderato
III. Moderato con moto
12. Edgar Sampson, Stomping at the Savoy
13. Ben Bernie & Maceo Pinkard, Sweet Georgia Brown