Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue & An American In Paris 180g LP
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This fast and furious orchestral work with piano, which begins with what must
surely be the most famous clarinet glissando of modern times, was composed with
the intention of presenting as many facets as possible of music from the New
World in short space of around 15 minutes. In his "Rhapsody In Blue", Gershwin
wanted to "paint a musical kaleidoscope of America - our enormous melting pot,
our typical national traits, our blues, our seething city life". With this in
mind, Leonard Bernstein made a number of recordings of the work and among the
many excellent recordings that he made as a conductor or as a soloist, this
present version, with the Columbia Symphony from 1959, is especially of note.
Bernstein takes on a double function as conductor and soloist and maneuvers his
way safely and surely through the highly diversified score to create a
well-rounded picture filled with hefty orchestral dynamics and finely chiseled
solo playing. In Gershwin's freely composed work the soloist and orchestra do
not resort to bombastic shock effects or egomaniac keyboard acrobatics, and so
this the work can be described as rhapsodic in the very best sense of the word.
Most fittingly, on the B side, there is another freely composed work - the
autobiographical sketch entitled An American in Paris. The superb New York
Philharmonic paint the impressions of a visitor to the hectic French capital
city - that too is the sound of America.
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New York Philharmonic on "An American In Paris"
The Columbia Symphony on "Rhapsody In Blue"
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
1. Rhapsody In Blue
2. An American In Paris
Recorded June 1959 and December 1958 at St. George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York.