Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kathleen Battle & Wynton Marsalis - Baroque Duet (1992)


John Nelson conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's.  Recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, September & October 1990 & July 1991.

These musicians offer up selections from baroque composers you're probably familiar with (Handel, Scarlatti, Bach) as well as some you might not have heard of (Predieri, Stradella).  I bought this at a time in my life when I would buy anything Marsalis released.  I stopped doing that not long after this purchase.  This CD doesn't get any playing time around here for two reasons:

1) It's hard to find a full CD's worth of good baroque music for trumpet and soprano, so in some cases, the compositions weren't selected for their strength, but rather for their instrumentation.  They didn't quite scrape the bottom of the barrel here, but if they had wanted a sequel, scraping would have been necessary.

2) While Battle has a nice lyric soprano voice, I don't feel it is suited to baroque music.  Her interpretation and tuning are questionable.

That said, this isn't all bad.  Marsalis is nails, as you would expect.  To me, the highlight is Let The Bright Seraphim from Handel's oratorio Samson.  The Stradella piece was a nice discovery for me.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Two Men with the Blues (2008)
Standard Time, Vol. 4: Marsalis Plays Monk (1999)
Joe Cool's Blues (1995)
Uptown Ruler: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Vol. 2 (1991)
The Original Soundtrack From Tune In Tomorrow... (1990)
Crescent City Christmas Card (1989)
Baroque Music for Trumpets (1988)
Carnaval (1987)
J Mood (1986)
Black Codes (From The Underground) (1985)
Trumpet Concertos (1983)

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