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Bach's Secret Files and More Crossover Fantasies

Audio Samples

>Burgstaller, Joe : The River of Night, for jazz ensemble (after Bach's Prelude in C minor)
>Martignon, Hector : A Start to Something, for jazz ensemble (after Bach's Prelude no 9 in F major)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew's Passion
>     Ebarme Dich (Have Mercy)
>Burgstaller, Joe : Aria, for jazz ensemble (after Bach)
>Martignon, Hector : Count's Insomnia in 7, for jazz ensemble (after Bach's Variation no 1)
>Burgstaller, Joe : Shadow Cutting, for jazz ensemble (after Satie's Gymnopedie no 1)
>Burgstaller, Joe : Spanish Haze, for jazz ensemble (after Ravel's Piece en Forme de Habanera)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano no 14 in C minor, Op. 38/2
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     E Lucevan Le Stelle (And the Stars Were Shining)
>Burgstaller, Joe : Daydreaming Mambo, for jazz ensemble (after Debussy's Reverie)

Album Summary

>Burgstaller, Joe : The River of Night, for jazz ensemble (after Bach's Prelude in C minor)
>Martignon, Hector : A Start to Something, for jazz ensemble (after Bach's Prelude no 9 in F major)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew's Passion
>Burgstaller, Joe : Aria, for jazz ensemble (after Bach)
>Martignon, Hector : Count's Insomnia in 7, for jazz ensemble (after Bach's Variation no 1)
>Burgstaller, Joe : Shadow Cutting, for jazz ensemble (after Satie's Gymnopedie no 1)
>Burgstaller, Joe : Spanish Haze, for jazz ensemble (after Ravel's Piece en Forme de Habanera)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano no 14 in C minor, Op. 38/2
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Burgstaller, Joe : Daydreaming Mambo, for jazz ensemble (after Debussy's Reverie)
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Combine a renowned trumpeter with a Grammy-nominated pianist and you get a tasty crossover delight - classical music for jazz fans, and jazz music for classical lovers! Joe Burgstaller (formerly of Canadian Brass) and Grammy nominee Hector Martignon team up for their second recording, an adventurous and approachable disc that organically combines classical and jazz in inventive re-imaginations. First recording debuted directly onto the Jazz Radio Charts and was featured on classical stations across the US.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Michael Kannen (cello).

Recording information: Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ (06/10/2010-06/12/2010).

Crossover albums intertwining classical music and jazz are nothing new; the challenge of these recordings is to keep things interesting to fans of both camps -- no small feat. Fortunately, the Burgstaller Martignon 4 draw musicians rooted in modern classical music, including trumpeter Joe Burgstaller (formerly with the Canadian Brass and the Meridian Arts Ensemble) and percussionist John Ferrari (also a member of the Meridian Arts Ensemble), plus Latin jazz pianist Hector Martignon (who has recorded extensively as a leader and worked with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, and Paquito d'Rivera, among others) and bassist Hans Glawischnig (who has played with Barretto, Chick Corea, Miguel Zenón, and James Moody, as well as recording as a leader), with Latin percussionist Samuel Torres guesting on several selections. The opening track, Burgstaller's "The River of Night," is an ear-opener as the quartet blends Bach's Prelude in C Minor with the trumpeter's enticing composition in a delightful Latin setting, featuring the composer on both muted and open horn. Bach's Aria is transformed with a light, airy Afro-Cuban arrangement by Burgstaller and Martignon. Impressionist composer Erik Satie's well-known Gymnopédie No. 1 retains its elegant air, with Ferrari switching to vibes, as the quartet transforms it into a potent vehicle for rich improvisation. Maurice Ravel's sensuous Piece en Forme de Habanera lends itself to jazz, with Burgstaller's delicious trumpet and Martignon's dramatic piano leading the way. Felix Mendelssohn's Lieder Ohne Worte - Opus 38, No. 2 seems inspired by the robust, bluesy work of the Modern Jazz Quartet (even though vibes are replaced by trumpet). Opera arias are less frequently explored by jazz groups, though Martignon's brilliant duet of Puccini's E Lucevan le Stelle (from Tosca) with Burgstaller may get more jazz musicians willing to explore the wealth of great opera music. Fans with open ears will be rewarded by hearing these outstanding performances. ~ Ken Dryden



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Works Details

>Burgstaller, Joe : The River of Night, for jazz ensemble (after Bach's Prelude in C minor)
  • Performers: Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Cello); Michael Kannen (Cello); Brenda Feliciano (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Burgstaller Martignon 4
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hector Martignon.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Martignon, Hector : A Start to Something, for jazz ensemble (after Bach's Prelude no 9 in F major)
  • Performers: Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Cello); Michael Kannen (Cello); Brenda Feliciano (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Burgstaller Martignon 4
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew's Passion :: Ebarme Dich (Have Mercy)
  • Performers: Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Cello); Michael Kannen (Cello); Brenda Feliciano (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Burgstaller Martignon 4
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Burgstaller, Joe : Aria, for jazz ensemble (after Bach)
  • Performers: Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Cello); Michael Kannen (Cello); Brenda Feliciano (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Burgstaller Martignon 4
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hector Martignon.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Martignon, Hector : Count's Insomnia in 7, for jazz ensemble (after Bach's Variation no 1)
  • Performers: Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Cello); Michael Kannen (Cello); Brenda Feliciano (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Burgstaller Martignon 4
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Burgstaller, Joe : Shadow Cutting, for jazz ensemble (after Satie's Gymnopédie no 1)
  • Performers: Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Cello); Michael Kannen (Cello); Brenda Feliciano (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Burgstaller Martignon 4
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Burgstaller, Joe : Spanish Haze, for jazz ensemble (after Ravel's Pièce en Forme de Habañera)
  • Performers: Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Cello); Michael Kannen (Cello); Brenda Feliciano (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Burgstaller Martignon 4
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Lieder ohne Worte, Op. 19
  • Performers: Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Cello); Michael Kannen (Cello); Brenda Feliciano (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Burgstaller Martignon 4
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1829-1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano no 14 in C minor, Op. 38/2
  • Performers: Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Cello); Michael Kannen (Cello); Brenda Feliciano (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Burgstaller Martignon 4
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 03/29/1836

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E Lucevan Le Stelle (And the Stars Were Shining)
  • Performers: Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Cello); Michael Kannen (Cello); Brenda Feliciano (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Burgstaller Martignon 4
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Burgstaller, Joe : Daydreaming Mambo, for jazz ensemble (after Debussy's Rêverie)
  • Performers: Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Cello); Michael Kannen (Cello); Brenda Feliciano (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Burgstaller Martignon 4
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary