Remove the piano from Rhapsody in Blue, and you have the essence of An American in Paris, composed just a few years after the Rhapsody. Once again, Gershwin, a superb songwriter, gave a fabulous melody orchestral life. And once again, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Erich Kunzel perform as though the jazz idiom is their home turf. This album is a perfect way to begin a small collection of Gershwin works. The performances are magnificent, and the non-remastered analogue sound is Telarc at its best. How could you possibly go wrong?
Thanks to Sony, its Great Performances series now includes a classic that many will remember vividly - due in great part to its iconic cover photograph - and which some will recall fondly as their first introduction to Gershwin’s entertaining work. George Gershwin (1898-1937) 1 Rhapsody in Blue 16:29 2 An American in Paris 18:28. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) Symphonic Dances from West Side Story 3 I. Prologue (Allegro moderato) 04:09 4 II. Somewhere (Adagio) 03:53 5 III. Scherzo (Vivace leggiero) 01:18 6 IV.
Track 2: Recorded at the St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York, December 21, 1958. Originally released 1959. Tracks 3-5: Recorded in Hollywood, California, March 25-27, 1960. Originally released 1960. Tracks 1 & 2: This recording utilizes Sony's Direct Stream Digital™ (DSD) System and SBM Direct.
An American in Paris is a jazz-influenced orchestral piece by American composer George Gershwin written in 1928. Gershwin composed An American in Paris on commission from conductor Walter Damrosch. He scored the piece for the standard instruments of the symphony orchestra plus celesta, saxophones, and automobile horns
George Gershwin plays Rhapsody In Blue using the original Piano Rolls (Denver Symphony Pops, Newton Wayland) released: 1987. Francois-Joel Thiollier joue Gershwin released: 1987. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Concerto in F, Bernstein: West Side Story Dances, Russo: Three Pieces for Blues Band and Orchestra released: 1981. Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto in F, versions for two pianos (feat. piano: Katia & Maria Labèque) released: 1981. Gershwin Favourites (Mineria Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Herrera de la Fuente, piano: David Syme) released: Rhapsody in Blue, Cuban Overture, Catfish Row, An American in Paris (Chicago Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: James Levine) released: 'S Wonderful (Piano Duets by Ralph Grierson & Artie Kane) released
Bernstein also conducts the New York Philharmonic. Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1976. American bandleader, composer, orchestral director and violinist Paul Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) asked Gershwin to write a jazz concerto, which became the Rhapsody in Blue; like a concerto, the piece is written for solo piano with orchestra: a rhapsody differs from a concerto in that it features one extended movement instead of separate movements. Rhapsody in Blue displays both rhythmic invention and melodic inspiration, and demonstrates Gershwin’s ability to write a piece with large-scale harmonic and melodic structure. The piece is characterized by strong motivic interrelatedness. Much of the motivic material is introduced in the first 14 measures.
Album · 1958 · 17 Songs. On this essential recording, Bernstein the pianist gives a winningly loose-limbed performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and conducts a near-ideal An American in Paris. Bernstein’s own Symphonic Dances from West Side Story sizzle, and his searing film score about life on the New Jersey docks, On the Waterfront, just oozes atmosphere and angst. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue - An American in Paris Leonard Bernstein.
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|A||Rhapsody In Blue
Conductor, Piano – Leonard BernsteinOrchestra – The Columbia Symphony Orchestra*
|B||Un Americano En Paris
Conductor – Leonard BernsteinOrchestra – The New York Philharmonic Orchestra
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