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Dayful of Song derives its intriguing title from an Ira Gershwin line in the hit song I Got Rhythm: "Birds in the tree sing their dayful of song". Seven unknown Gershwin songs from the treasure trove left after his death have been arranged into a medley by orchestrator Sid Ramin to create a suite that will delight all lovers of Gershwin's music. It's fascinating to hear these unmistakably Gershwin melodies, so recognizable yet strangely unfamiliar. The titles are Hold On, I must Write a Song, Hot, One Minute More, Sutton Place, My Honor Was at Stake, and Machinery Goes Mad. You mean you don't know them? You will!
The other numbers on the disc cover most of Gershwin's career. The lovely string Lullaby of 1919, the seminal jazz classic Rhapsody in Blue of 1924 in its original Paul Whiteman orchestration by Ferde Grofé, the lilting, ever-young American in Paris of 1928, the richly mature Cuban Overture of 1932, and the Astaire-Rogers tidbit from Shall We Dance. The movies called it Walking the Dog. We call it Promenade.
George Gershwin: Dayful of Song (arr. S. Ramin)
Dayful of Song (arr. S. Ramin)
George Gershwin: Cuban Overture
George Gershwin: Promenade (arr. A. Kostelanetz)
Promenade (arr. A. Kostelanetz)
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (original version)
Rhapsody in Blue (original version)
George Gershwin: Lullaby (arr. for orchestra)
Lullaby (arr. for orchestra)
George Gershwin: An American in Paris
An American in Paris
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