Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

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Rhapsody

Rhapsody

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, October 2015


Chabrier:

España

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Denis Matsuev (piano)

Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Ravel:

Rapsodie Espagnole


This latest CD from BR KLASSIK contains five great rhapsodies, devised and elaborated by very different composers from different regions, with a lot of imagination and local flavour. With his rhapsody "España" the Frenchman Emmanuel Chabrier focused on the Iberian music and folk music so popular at the time, as did his more famous compatriot Maurice Ravel with his "Rhapsodie espagnole", the four-movement structure of which still harks back to long-outdated symphonic forms. From the Hungarian-born Franz Liszt we have the famous "Hungarian Rhapsody" No. 2, and from the Romanian composer George Enescu the scarcely less famous and popular "Romanian Rhapsody". The American George Gershwin created what was probably the most famous example of the genre in the 20th century with his "Rhapsody in Blue" for piano and orchestra… The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under their chief conductor Mariss Jansons are a guarantee of outstanding interpretative quality for these large-scale rhapsodic musical works. The Russian pianist Denis Matusev – internationally famous ever since he won the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1998 – proves to be a sovereign and stylistically confident interpreter of George Gershwin’s concertante masterpiece, with its numerous jazz elements. The live recording of this concert was made in October 2015 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz.

“Ravel’s achingly sensuous Rapsodie espagnole receives the finest performance here, infused with infectious warmth that is sensually beguiling.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 ****

“[the Ravel] is played with a satisfying balance of exactitude and flair…[the Gershwin is] full of fire and fun, despite the occasional overindulgence” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“This disc is a bit of a guilty pleasure.” MusicWeb International, 21st October 2016

BR Klassik - 900146

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Manhattan Intermezzo

Manhattan Intermezzo

American and British Works for Piano and Orchestra


Ellington:

New world A-Coming

Benjamin Wesner (clarinet)

Emerson:

Piano Concerto No. 1

Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Benjamin Wesner (clarinet)

Sedaka:

Manhattan Intermezzo


Jeffrey Biegel (piano)

Brown University Orchestra, Paul Phillips

This programme brings together four works for piano and orchestra by composers best known from the fields of jazz, popular song and progressive rock. Neil Sedaka’s Manhattan Intermezzo explores the New York of today and yesterday with its melting pot of nationalities. Keith Emerson is best known as a founding member of Emerson Lake & Palmer. His remarkably inventive semi-autobiographical Piano Concerto No. 1 fuses his classical training with jazz. Duke Ellington’s sublime New World a-Comin’ is a visualisation of improved conditions for black people in America, while the rarely heard original version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue represents the quintessential style of New York City in the Roaring Twenties.

Naxos - 8573490

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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & Piano Concerto

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & Piano Concerto


Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Piano Concerto in F major

An American in Paris, tone poem


As a luminary in the worlds of classical music, jazz and show business, André Previn is the ideal interpreter of these ground-breaking works by George Gershwin. Previn, here both pianist and conductor, spent eleven years in charge of the London Symphony Orchestra, and his close relationship with its players bears fruit in sumptuous performances that go with a captivating swing.

Presto Greatest Recordings

1970s

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Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2435668912

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Broadway - Lafayette

Broadway - Lafayette


Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Lasser:

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 'The Circle and The Child'

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major


Simone celebrates the time-honoured link between France and America through 3 different composers - Maurice Ravel, George Gershwin and Philip Lasser.

Featuring the world-premiere recording of piano concerto ‘The circle and the child’ by composer Philip Lasser (whose mother is French and father is American) who wrote the concerto especially for Simone Dinnerstein in 2012. The concerto is an amalgam of both French and American musical sound worlds while being based on a chorale by Bach “Ihr Gestirn’, Ihr hohlen Lüfte” (You stars in heaven, you vaulted sky).

The title and cover artwork refer to the New York subway station and alludes to the French-American connection as the Marquis de Lafayette and his French troops helped the American colonists oust the British during the American revolution.

“These are pugnacious performances in which Dinnerstein's heavily articulated playing is matched by plenty of detail from Kristjan Järvi's Leipzig forces, who capture the spirit even if they don't convince that they can naturally swing it. Sony's sound recording assists: there's the natural spaciousness of surround sound yet a crisp focus on each individual.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ***

Sony - 88875032452

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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and other works

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and other works


Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

An American in Paris, tone poem

Piano Concerto in F major

Love Walked In

Bonus track

's Wonderful

Bonus track

Fascinatin' Rhythm

Bonus track


Alto - ALC1247

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Gershwin: Piano Works

Gershwin: Piano Works


Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

An American in Paris, tone poem

Songbook


Frank Braley (piano)

Harmonia Mundi - HMGold - HMG501883

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Piano Percussion Meets Gershwin

Piano Percussion Meets Gershwin


Gershwin:

An American in Paris, tone poem

Rhapsody in Blue

Piano Concerto in F major


Johanna Grobner, Veronika Trisko, Flip Philipp & Thomas Schindl

Almost 100 years ago, Gershwin had already started experimenting with the sounds of everyday life into his music, using his background of jazz, classical and modern and traditional music. The performers on this recording were winners of the 2010 ARD Competition and their skills combine to make this recording a dazzling display of Gershwin’s music.

All arrangements by Thomas Schindl.

Preiser - PR91226

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The Jazz Album

The Jazz Album


 

After you’ve gone

Creamer & Layton

Jeremy Taylor (high tenor)

Nobody's Sweetheart

Kahn/Erdman/Meyers & Schoebel

Sweet Sue

Harris & Young

Harvey & the Wallbangers

Dardanella

Bernard & Black

Harvey & the Wallbangers

Makin’ Whoopee!

Donaldson & Kahn

Harvey & the Wallbangers

My Blue Heaven

Harvey & the Wallbangers

San

McPhail & Michels

Bernstein:

Prelude, Fugue & Riffs for Solo Clarinet and Jazz Ensemble

Michael Collins (clarinet) & Peter Donohoe (piano)

Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

orch. Grofé

Peter Donohoe (piano)

Milhaud:

La Création du Monde, Op. 81

John Harle (alto Saxophone)

Stravinsky:

Ebony Concerto

Michael Collins (clarinet)


Simon Rattle as a man of experiment and discovery: back in the 1980s the now head of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra explored the territory connecting jazz with classical music – accompanied by well-known names like George Gershwin or Leonard Bernstein, and also less well-known ones such as Darius Milhaud. Today, Rattle's Jazz Album is among the highlights of his discography.

EMI Red Line - 6365562

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Benjamin Grosvenor plays Rhapsody in Blue

Benjamin Grosvenor plays Rhapsody in Blue


Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd

Love Walked In

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd

Prélude

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne


Nineteen year old British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and penetrating interpretations.

Following his highly successful debut album on Decca Classics (the youngest British musician to sign to Decca, and the first British pianist to join the label in almost 60 years) Benjamin will record his second disc featuring some of the foremost romantic piano concertos accompanied by the lush textures of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Grosvenor and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic achieve a fine balance between [the Ravel's] urban bustle and more reflective passages...[Rhapsody in Blue is] less cluttered and more demotic in style, with more of a swing than in some stiffer, stuffier versions.” The Independent, 11th August 2012 ****

“in an age of ready-made virtuosos, his gifts are already distinctive — poetic, romantic, almost old-school in the way he makes phrases teeter on the edge of a pause or when one hand hesitates before the other in laying down a texture...Grosvenor’s rendition of the Rhapsody is definitely European, warmly sensuous rather than American pizzazz.” The Times, 10th August 2012 ***

“reservations pale into Beckmesserish scratchings besides the delights of this disc and especially of Grosvenor's pianism. I can only concur with other critics who hear in his tone and phrasing echoes of a golden age...For me, his playing of the Godowsky version of Saint-Saens's Swan is a high point...A champagne disc - fizz and finesse.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 *****

“His playing belies his youth; this is deliciously individual, mature pianism. The sound is warm, the style impulsive, affectionate. He’s not striving for technical perfection (though you won’t find any fluffs here), more content to draw the listener in and spin a good yarn...Immaculate, characterful orchestral playing from James Judd and the RLPO too” The Arts Desk, 30th September 2012

“he opens [the Saint-Saens] with a rhetorical grandeur before setting the keyboard ablaze with a burst of swaggering, supercharged virtuosity...He has technique to burn and his pungency and force are things to marvel at...Grosvenor's Ravel brims over with individual touches...while in Gershwin his virtuosity is once more exultant rather than brash...Grosvenor's is, at the least, a talent in a thousand.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012

“he has a sparkle and spontaneity to his playing” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 6th August 2012

Presto Disc of the Week

6th August 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2012

DG and Decca Sale

Decca - 4783527

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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & American in Paris

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & American in Paris


Bernstein:

West Side Story: Symphonic Dances

On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite

Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Leonard Bernstein (piano)

An American in Paris, tone poem


Sony Originals - 88697700432

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