The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Naxos recording of Duke Ellington’s orchestral works has been named to ArkivMusic.com’s “Best of 2013” list.
David Hurwitz, a reviewer for ClassicsToday.com, said of the recording: “The performances are just marvelous. JoAnn Falletta catches the music’s “swing” in vivid interpretations that challenge Peress in their vitality, color, and verve. The various instrumental soloists, especially Sal Andolina’s clarinet in Three Black Kings and Tony Di Lorenzo on trumpet in Take the ‘A’ Train (and elsewhere), are all brilliant, and captured by Naxos’ engineers in bright, natural, high-impact sound. This is a very necessary release, but one that should get a lot of play as well. It’s a joy.”