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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Piano Concerto

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>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs "jazz band" orchestrations of Rhapsody in Blue, variations on 'I Got Rhythm,' and the Concerto in F live with the Baltimore Symphony and music director Marin Alsop. French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet has long been a champion of Gershwin's music and has widely performed the Concerto in concert with major symphony orchestras around the world. Now, after more than 40 releases on Decca, Thibaudet turns his attention solely to the works of Gershwin. For this release, Thibaudet has made the daring choice to perform the original "jazz band" arrangements by Ferde Grofe for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Rarely heard or recorded, these arrangements create a completely different sound for these well-known and popular works, especially Rhapsody in Blue. Thibaudet is joined by Gershwin fan, American conductor Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for these live recordings.

BBC Music Magazine
Clarinet and trumpet certainly set [Rhapsody in Blue] off in fine style...But the best is Thibaudet's diamond-bright playing, relaxed and joyful in a way that brushes vexed questions of authenticity aside.

Gramophone Magazine
Though an interesting alternative rather than a replacement - Gershwin, by and large, got it right - this enjoyable performance...is currently the finest recording of Grofé's version.

The Independent
hearing this ebullient interpretation is akin to returning a piece of folk art to the masses after years in a museum.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD (11/12/2009-11/15/2009).



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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
  • Performers: Steven Barta (Clarinet); Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Notes: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD (11/12/2009-11/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Notes: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD (11/12/2009-11/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
  • Performer: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Notes: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD (11/12/2009-11/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925
  • Studio/Live: Live