TRACK OF THE WEEK

Every week Frank selects his own favourite track of the week from our weekly Music Podcast, and it's completely free to listen too, here on Frank Renton on Brass. As he says this week, 

"In the early 1980s, the legendary conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Donald Hunsberger, was in the UK lecturing and giving master-classes. He proved to be a brilliant communicator as well as being an outstanding musician, and I met up with him several times.

He told me that he was immersed in a project to re-score several of the great cornet solos in a version for symphonic wind band and then record them with Wynton Marsalis.

Wynton, although only in his early twenties, had already forged a formidable reputation as a jazz trumpet player leading his own band, and as a brilliant interpreter of the classic trumpet repertoire with orchestras all over the world and recordings that had won many awards, but he wasn’t best known as a cornetist.

Believe me, said Don, this is going to be sensational, and how right he was. The album was titled Carnival, and has become something of a collectors item it’s so good.

Don’s arrangements are brilliant as is the playing of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, when was it ever not, but the icing on the cake is the wonderfully intuitive and musical playing of Mr Marsalis, added to flawless technique, sound and production.

So my track of the week is the peerless Wynton Marsalis playing Arban’s ‘Carnival of Venice’, scored and conducted by Donald Hunsberger, with The Eastman Wind Ensemble and it’s nothing short of sensational, all here at Frank Renton on Brass."

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