Poster Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Louis Panassié
Performance Today®

Black, Brown, and Beige

Duke Ellington was already a jazz legend when he introduced a new symphonic suite at Carnegie Hall in 1943. On today's episode, hear the Black, Brown, and Beige Suite, by Duke Ellington, from a recent concert in Turin, Italy.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Eugene Bozza: Andante et scherzo
Kenari Quartet
Album: French Saxophone Quartets

John Leszczynski: They Might be Gods for Saxophone Quartet
Kenari Quartet
Chamber Music Northwest, Lincoln Recital Hall, Portland, OR

Bedrich Smetana: From My Homeland
Gil Morgenstern, violin | Benjamin Hochman, piano
An Appalachian Summer Festival, Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center, Boone, NC

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E, Op. 27: Movements 3-4
Texas Festival Orchestra | Perry So, conductor
Round Top Festival Institute, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Hour 2

Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 114 Movement 3 Scherzo: Presto
Quartuor Ebene
Album: Menahem Pressler: A 90th Birthday Celebration
Erato 2564625964

Georg Philipp Telemann: Bassoon Sonata in F minor, TWV 41
Amy Harman, bassoon | Nina Lee, cello | Paul Holmes Morton, theorbo | Pedja Muzijevic, organ
Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Franz Schubert: Storms of Life, D.947
Diane Walsh, piano | Aaron Wunsch, piano
Skaneateles Festival, First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles, NY

Duke Ellington: Black, Brown and Beige Suite
RAI National Symphony Orchestra | John Axelrod, conductor
Arturo Toscanini RAI  Auditorium, Turin, Italy

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