David Greilsammer plays Tansman, Boulanger & Gershwin

Audio Samples

>Tansman, Alexander : Concerto for Piano no 2
>Boulanger, Nadia : Fantasy, for piano & orchestra
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue

Album Summary

>Tansman, Alexander : Concerto for Piano no 2
>Boulanger, Nadia : Fantasy, for piano & orchestra
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
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Notes & Reviews:

The Independent
[Tansman's] Piano Concerto No 2, from 1927, is little short of a lost masterpiece of elegant, urbane Modernism. Following a performance of it, Tansman was accosted in his dressing-room by Gershwin, excitedly acclaiming him "a genius!", and no wonder

Gramophone Magazine
Pianist, conductor and orchestra make a compelling case for both the Tansman Second Concerto as a minor masterpiece well worth reviving, and the Boulanger Fantaisie as a fascinating glimpse into this justly revered teacher's "other life".

The Telegraph
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which Greilsammer plays with a blend of romance and rhythmic zest, is the most familiar of the pieces... [Tansman's] concerto was dedicated to Tansman's great friend Charlie Chaplin, whose exuberance the music echoes in a performance that, in the piano and orchestral playing alike, has drive, wit and sparkle.



Reviews

Impressive
While I’ve never heard much of Tansman’s work, I am thoroughly impressed. His Piano Concerto No. 2 is a very theatrical piece and is extremely virtuosic. It would fit right in with a scene from The Patriot. I find the connection of Boulanger to the other two composers on this recording fascinating. Tansman and Gershwin both studied with Boulanger. It is evident in their compositions that they were trained well. While she was a renowned pedagogue and many well known composers studied with her, she was also a wonderful composer. Her Fantasie reminds me a lot of Faure’s compositions. It is romantic and full of interesting highs and lows. The Gershwin Rhapsody is probably one of his most well known pieces. I am always impressed each time I listen to this piece—it speaks not only of his jazz knowledge but of his classical training as well. I find Mr. Greilsammer’s execution precise and technically sound. I wanted more from his musicality. This disc will introduce you to some new music you may not have heard. I would recommend it to those budding virtuosos in need of a challenge.
Submitted on 10/19/10 by C Briley 
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Works Details

>Tansman, Alexander : Concerto for Piano no 2
  • Performer: David Greilsammer (Piano)
  • Conductor: Steven Sloane
  • Running Time: 26 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Boulanger, Nadia : Fantasy, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: David Greilsammer (Piano)
  • Conductor: Steven Sloane
  • Running Time: 19 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
  • Performer: David Greilsammer (Piano)
  • Conductor: Steven Sloane
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924
  • Studio/Live: Live