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George Gershwin: An American in Paris; Concerto in F / Lincoln Mayorga, piano; Steven Richman, Harmonie Ensemble, New York

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Of Thee I Sing
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Working from Gershwin's original manuscripts, Steven Richman and the Harmonie Ensemble/New York recapture the lean, unsentimental style that Gershwin intended for An American in Paris and the Concerto in F with piano soloist Lincoln Mayorga. Also included are first recordings of the overture to Of Thee I Sing (radio version) and Roy Bargy's orchestration of the Three Preludes for piano.

Financial Times, 26th August 2016
The first track, the Overture to Of Thee I Sing, immediately sets the tone - not the overture as we usually hear it, but the 1934 radio version, trimmed in length and with lean orchestration. The Concerto in F benefits from nimble playing from pianist Lincoln Mayorga and the composer's original intentions for the orchestration. An American in Paris is quick on its feet, performed with youthful zest and slimmed-down sound by the Harmonie Ensemble, New York.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2016
The Concerto in F hasn't sounded so fresh, so idiomatic and so rhythmically alive since Earl Wild's classic RCA recording, no small thanks to piano soloist Lincoln Mayorga's ability to fuse his brilliant classical technique with a genuine feeling for Gershwin's syncopated language and bluesy inflections ... No Gershwin fan should miss this disc.

The Irish Times, 1st September 2016
Textually and texturally, this is Gershwin with a breath of fresh air, light, dry, nothing hammy or the slightest bit overdone. It includes rarely heard versions of the Three Preludes and the Overture to Of Thee I Sing. But in what amounts to Gershwin with period flavour, the real surprise is An American in Paris, without the treacle.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York City (06/22/2014-06/24/2014).



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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : Of Thee I Sing :: Overture
  • Conductor: Steven Richman
  • Ensemble: Harmonie Ensemble New York
  • Notes: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York City (06/22/2014-06/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
  • Performer: Lincoln Mayorga (Piano)
  • Conductor: Steven Richman
  • Ensemble: Harmonie Ensemble New York
  • Notes: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York City (06/22/2014-06/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925

>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
  • Conductor: Steven Richman
  • Ensemble: Harmonie Ensemble New York
  • Notes: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York City (06/22/2014-06/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris
  • Conductor: Steven Richman
  • Ensemble: Harmonie Ensemble New York
  • Notes: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York City (06/22/2014-06/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1928