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George Gershwin: An American in Paris; Ferde Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite / Charles Butler, trumpet

> Grand Canyon Suite - II. The Painted Desert
> Grand Canyon Suite - I. Sunrise
> Grand Canyon Suite - V. Cloudburst
> Grand Canyon Suite - IV. Sunset
> Grand Canyon Suite - III. On the Trail
> An American in Paris - An American in Paris

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris
>Grofe, Ferde [Composer] : Grand Canyon Suite, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

An American in Paris is one of Gershwin's most sumptuous and best-loved works. He called it 'a rhapsodic ballet' but denied any specific program except in a 'general impressionistic way'. The American visitor strolls, soaking up the city's exuberance, suffering a pang of homesickness, and hearing the Parisian taxi horns - which Gershwin loved so much he brought some back to America with him. Meanwhile Ferde Grofé, who had orchestrated Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, evokes the glories of ravine, rock and cloudburst in his indelibly beautiful and exciting Grand Canyon Suite.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The program is very well chosen and sequenced, as is the instrumentation. The use of harp is most effective in pieces like 'La Rotini', because its deep bass notes are not dampened (in contrast to a harpsichord) and therefore they ring out powerfully under the soaring voice-like solo violin melody.

Notes, bios of all seven players. There is no Guerrieri in the ARG index, which makes this an even more welcome release. Among the many fine recordings by Parnassi Musici, of music by many composers, John Barker called a Telemann program "deliciously playful and stylish" (CPO 777301, J/A 2009), and I had high praise for Caldara trio sonatas (CPO 999871, M/A 2003).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Center Opera House, USA.


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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris
  • Performer: Charles Butler (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
  • Notes: Composition written: 1928.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1928

>Ferde Grofé (Composer) (1892 - 1972) : Grand Canyon Suite, for orchestra
  • Performer: Charles Butler (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
  • Notes: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (10/01/1990-10/02/1990)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931