Mark Bebbington plays Gershwin

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Mark Bebbington plays Gershwin



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27th May 2016




85 minutes


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Mark Bebbington plays Gershwin


Rhapsody in Blue

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leon Botstein

Piano Concerto in F major

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leon Botstein

I Got Rhythm Variations

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leon Botstein

Eight Preludes for Solo Piano

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Mark Bebbington, best-known for his much-acclaimed recordings of British music on SOMM, takes a leap across the Atlantic this month to bring his refined yet expressive style to a spectacular all-Gershwin CD, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Grammy Award-nominated American conductor Leon Botstein. The pair take a fresh interpretive look at some of Gershwin's best-loved repertoire - Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, the 'I Got Rhythm' Variations. And the first-ever integral recording of Gershwin's Eight Preludes for Solo Piano, included in this double slimline CD as a bonus disc at the price of a single album. Anyone familiar with Mark Bebbington's probing interpretations - which have netted him seven five-star reviews in a row from BBC Music Magazine - and the questing musical explorations of Maestro Botstein (currently in his 23rd year as Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra) will know what to expect. And, says Bebbington, they uncovered unexpected shades among the famous melodies. "There is a real Mahlerian melancholy that lies at the heart of the slow movement of the Concerto," he says, "and it's when you take note of those profundities that the fierce joy elsewhere really makes sense." Leon Botstein brings a majestic intensity to the orchestral writing, with Mark Bebbington matching him bar by bar - bringing the same chemistry to the studio that infused their successful appearance together recently at Carnegie Hall. And they equally drink gleefully the heady cocktail of charleston and ragtime inflected with jazz that spikes these works. This will be a Gershwin recording to remember - fresh interpretations, a premiere, and two fine musicians at the top of their game.

George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F Major

I. Allegro

II. Adagio - Andante con moto

III. Allegro agitato

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Arr. F. Grofé for Piano & Orchestra)

Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin: I Got Rhythm Variations

I Got Rhythm Variations

George Gershwin: Novelette in Fourths

Novelette in Fourths

George Gershwin: Rubato


George Gershwin: Prelude (Fragment)

Prelude (Fragment)

George Gershwin: Melody No. 17, "Sleepless Night"

Melody No. 17, "Sleepless Night"

George Gershwin: 3 Preludes

No. 1 in B-Flat Major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor: Blue Lullaby: Andante con moto

No. 3 in E-Flat Minor: Spanish Prelude:Agitato

George Gershwin: Sleepless Night (Arr. K. Swift for Piano)

Melody No. 17, ""Sleepless Night" (arr. K. Swift for piano)

The Guardian

9th July 2016


“Bebbington brings a nice balance of swagger and thoughtfulness to this all-Gershwin programme. He has said he finds a “Mahlerian melancholy” in the second movement of the Concerto in F...and his playing here is supported by some shapely and characterful wind playing.”

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