Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter

"Marsalis Brasilianos"

Marissa and I went to Orchestra Hall this evening to hear Branford Marsalis. He played with the Filharmonia Brasileira, so unsurprisingly the evening had a Brazilian theme.

Carmago Guarnieri: Abertura Concertante. Unremarkable modern composition.

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra. Pretty good, not a piece I had heard before. But I wouldn't run out and buy it. Both this and the previous have lots of Gershwin-esque moments. (People clapped between movements.)

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No 5. An interesting and upbeat piece. The Wikipedia page for it says it's Villa-Lobos's "single most popular piece" but I kind of doubt that--- aren't his guitar pieces more well-known? He's mixing some baroque elements with Brazilian tempos and melodies. It works pretty well.

Darius Milhaud: The Creation of the World (La Création du Monde). This is such a standard piece to pull out when you have a saxophone player. Marsalis just sat as a member of the ensemble for this one.

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No 9. A prelude and fugue! Just strings, though.

Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche. Probably the #1 standard piece for orchestra + solo saxophone. It's a lot of fun. But both Milhaud choices were utterly unsurprising inclusions.

Lea Freire: Vento em Madeira. A short piece by a touring jazz artist/composer. Q: how many composers featured at the Minnesota Orchestra in the past year have MySpace pages?

Two encore pieces, I wasn't able to recognize either.
Tags: jazz, music
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