Among the tracks on this CD are 4 "Airs" for solo wind instruments and orchestra. James Freeman conducts Orchestra 2001 in these delightful pieces, along with four Wilder songs played by the Marian McPartland Trio. Wind soloist include Christina Jennings, flute; Richard Woodhams, oboe; Dorthy Freeman, english horn; and Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon.
“…among the starry array of soloists, only flutist Christina Jennings inflected the music with deeper meaning. And so the music seemed interesting only for what it led to, like the freewheeling instrumentation heard later in eccentric novelty songs that Mitch Miller (who played in the Sinatra-led recordings) cooked up for Rosemary Clooney in the 1950s.”
David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer