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Gershwin: Music for Violin and Piano / William Terwilliger, violin; Andrew Cooperstock, piano

Album Summary

>Stern, Eric : Suite from "Girl Crazy," for violin & piano (after Gershwin)
>Heifetz, Jascha : Three Preludes, arrangement for violin & piano (after Gershwin)
>Gershwin, George : Short Story, for violin & piano
>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris
>Gershwin, George : Goldwyn Follies
>Gershwin, George : Nice Work If You Can Get It, song (from A Damsel in Distress, film)
>Heifetz, Jascha : Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Opus Two - violinist William Terwillger and pianist Andrew Cooperstock - has been hailed for its unanimity of style and spirit, exemplary balance and close rapport" as well as its commitment to expanding the violin-piano duo repertoire. This Gershwin Project, in collaboration with soprano Ashley Brown, features a number of world-premiere recordings.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Terwilliger and Cooperstock, who play under the name "Opus Two", put Gershwin in the context of Gershwin, and they introduce three excellent arrangements by Eric Stern that are recorded here for the first time. The liner notes designate this release of Heifetz's excerpts (assembled from sketches by his teaching assistant Ayke Agus) from An American in Paris as the world premiere recording. The Heifetz arrangement (almost a paraphrase) of the Preludes is excellent here, as is 'Short Story', a marvelous piece Gershwin wrote in 1925 in collaboration with Samuel Dushkin.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Oh (06/12/2013-06/14/2013).



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Works Details

>Stern, Eric : Suite from "Girl Crazy," for violin & piano (after Gershwin)
  • Performer: Ashley Brown
  • Ensemble: Opus Two
  • Notes: Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio (06/12/2013-06/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Heifetz, Jascha : Three Preludes, arrangement for violin & piano (after Gershwin)
  • Performer: Ashley Brown
  • Ensemble: Opus Two
  • Notes: Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio (06/12/2013-06/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1940-1942

>Gershwin, George : Short Story, for violin & piano
  • Performer: Ashley Brown
  • Ensemble: Opus Two
  • Notes: Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio (06/12/2013-06/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris :: [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Ashley Brown
  • Ensemble: Opus Two
  • Notes: Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio (06/12/2013-06/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1928

>Gershwin, George : Goldwyn Follies
  • Performer: Ashley Brown
  • Ensemble: Opus Two
  • Notes: Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio (06/12/2013-06/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Gershwin, George : Nice Work If You Can Get It, song (from A Damsel in Distress, film)
  • Performer: Ashley Brown
  • Ensemble: Opus Two
  • Notes: Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio (06/12/2013-06/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Heifetz, Jascha : Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano
  • Performer: Ashley Brown
  • Ensemble: Opus Two
  • Notes: Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio (06/12/2013-06/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944