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Gershwin: Concerto in F; Rhapsody No. 2 / Orio Weiss, piano

Audio Samples

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra no 2 "Rhapsody in Rivets"
>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra no 2 "Rhapsody in Rivets"
>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

George Gershwin's Concerto in F was a response to demands for a 'proper concerto' after the success of Rhapsody in Blue, avoiding programmatic content while providing a feast of tunes both uplifting and nostalgic. Originally intended as music for a film, his up-beat Rhapsody No. 2 describes the bustling Manhattan cityscape while under construction. Sourced from his hit musical Girl Crazy, I Got Rhythm Variations was Gershwin's last full score. Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and collaborators of his generation of young American musicians.

Infodad.com
Orion Weiss... plays with vivacity and power, and the Buffalo Philharmonic under JoAnn Falletta backs him up with altogether infectious enthusiasm. ... the brightest and bounciest performance here is the "I Got Rhythm" Variations... : they simply sound as if they are having more fun. The whole CD is fun... a showcase for music whose modern sensibilities blend beautifully with classical models to produce a highly listenable and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Audiophilia
Orion Weiss plays the Concerto with great panache and draws a depth of sound out of the piano that makes it almost sound like Rachmaninov in places. His rhythms are crisp and poised and the contrasts with the calmer more retrospective passages are well handled.

Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic give him excellent support and the slow movement is turned into a mini tone poem in its own right with the plaintiff trumpet solo at the beginning heralding its blues credentials. This is the very heart of the piece and at nearly thirteen minutes paints a magical scene which soloist and orchestra cleverly maintain without any loss of momentum. The third movement is again full of energy and the melodies swagger along with the high energy of the roaring twenties in full swing.

Yorkshire Post
The first in a new series of Gershwin discs, featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic and their charismatic conductor, JoAnn Falletta, showcases the dazzling fast fingers of the brilliant young pianist Orion Weiss. There's plenty of Jazzy Americana in his performances, though they are more 'classical' than we often hear. Superb orchestra and high impact sound.

The Northern Echo
A wonderful rendition of Gershwin's Concerto in F, which provides a feat of nostalgic and uplifting tunes. Originally intended as music for a film, his up-beat Rhapsody No. 2 describes the bustling Manhattan cityscape while under construction.

ClassicsToday.com
The Second Rhapsody, a splendid, neglected work... is very well played and conducted by the team of Orion Weiss and JoAnn Falletta, and comes across as a work of impressive brilliance and depth. The same goes for the Variations, given a bold, gutsy performance with plenty of pizzazz.

David's Review Corner
So far so good, as the sound is highly detailed and well balanced. But then we move to the Blu-ray version, also issued this month, and we are in a new audio experience. I have never heard such a realistic piano sound on disc, the solo orchestral instruments are tangible, and there is such unforced impact, that if you have Blu-ray you must not hesitate but to buy that version.

Gramophone Magazine
Orion Weiss never engages in the kind of exaggeration which some pianists have used to define their identity and his dry rhythmic delivery is thoroughly idiomatic...All these pieces get snappy performances in well-balanced, clear recordings: an enjoyable collection.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The most satisfying performance here is the last, the nine-minute Variations, performed with jaunting rhythms and some real snot, at last.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA (11/17/2010-11/20/2010).



Reviews

Falletta finesse focuses on Gershwin “greats”
The vitality and energy of George Gershwin spring to life in the Gershwin Concerto in F, Second Rhapsody, and “Rhythm” Variations as if set in a New York night club of a half-century ago. The energy of the city and emerging country are as lithe and sprightly as ever, before wars, bombings, depressions, and corruption left their stains behind. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of JoAnn Falletta produces a smooth, New-York-almost-Midwest vibrant sound to take the audience on a Gershwin joy-ride. Pianist Orion Weiss measures up to the pedigree of his training, exuding a jubilant, oh-yeah energy with fine tuning.

Maestra Falletta has generated an impressive biography of her own as she has revitalized the Buffalo Philharmonic into wider recognition and appreciation. The description of her accomplishments leaves the reader breathless. As the conductor, she shines the spotlight on talented Orion Weiss, but swings it over to the orchestra’s luscious brass and velvety winds when the music slides them into prominence.


The informative booklet describes the compositions in detail, and reviews the composer’s biography and contributions. Online comments as to the theory and construction of the Concerto are impressive, and easily accessible to the serious student.


These works are perhaps the lesser-known of Gershwin’s compositions, now overdue to move to the forefront of American concert programs. Appreciation for this artist and the Buffalo Phil is ready for expansion. Congratulations to Falletta for the development she is bringing to the organization through the finest of American music.


It is time to branch out and examine what this country has produced in the musical arena. Such talent and performance lead us to enjoy the genius of Gershwin for his joy and exuberance which have so exquisitely portrayed the energy and complexity of this country.


This American Classics Gershwin CD shares the talents of one of America’s “greats” in a gutsy, joyous performance by one of America’s fine orchestras.

Submitted on 05/08/12 by howsweetthesound 
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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
  • Performer: Orion Weiss (Piano)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA (11/17/2010-11/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra no 2 "Rhapsody in Rivets"
  • Performer: Orion Weiss (Piano)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA (11/17/2010-11/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 05/1931

>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
  • Performer: Orion Weiss (Piano)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York, USA (11/17/2010-11/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934