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Gershwin: An American in Paris, Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, Broadway Overtures / Michael Tilson Thomas, piano; San Francisco SO, Los Angeles PO, Michael Tilson Thomas

Notes & Reviews:

"As Ira Gershwin might have said, Michael Tilson Thomas and George Gershwin go together like bread and cheese ... Tilson Thomas spearheaded the authentic revival of Gershwin's theatre scores." Among the treasures in this definitive 7-CD MTT Gershwin collection are the Broadway overtures in "stunning performances that are almost perfectly recorded and fill a real gap in the catalogue. Both his recordings of Rhapsody in Blue are top recommendations, so in the mini-avalanche of Gershwin centenary recordings this set stands out." Thus spake Gramophone, while ClassicsToday.com exclaimed: "Michael Tilson Thomas's long association with the music of George Gershwin results in performances so idiomatic they could be categorized as (almost) definitive ... Thomas not only reveals Gershwin's compositional genius but also wonderfully captures the composer's trademark playful swagger. This quality comes through strongest in Rhapsody in Blue, here in its original jazz band orchestration with Thomas impressively performing double-duty as pianist and conductor ... In An American in Paris, Thomas' lucid conducting exposes the manifold brilliance of Gershwin's multi-layered orchestration. But most impressive is the Piano Concerto in F, where Garrick Ohlsson's bluesy demeanor and virtuoso fingerwork, along with Thomas' smooth tempos and deft phrasing, confirm the greatness of Gershwin's work ... RCA's high-impact, natural sound makes for an enticing listening experience.


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