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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Concerto In F / Chailly

Audio Samples

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>Gershwin, George : Rialto Ripples, rag for piano

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>Gershwin, George : Rialto Ripples, rag for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

With this recording of the Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F, Riccardo Chailly blends the classical elegance and sophistication of the Gewandhaus Orchestra with the jazz/blues sensibility of the mercurial Milan-born jazz legend Stefano Bollani. The Rhapsody was fittingly performed in the jazz-band version (orchestrated by Paul Whiteman), while the Concerto was in Gershwin's original symphonic orchestration. Completing the well-filled album (over 73 minutes) are the symphonic suite Catfish Row - derived from Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' - and Gershwin's earliest significant work, the Broadway-inspired rag Rialto Ripples.

"this intriguing pairing [of Chailly and Bollani]...points up the intrinsic balance between the formal and the demotic that drives "Rhapsody in Blue", and works well, save for some rather over-aggressive percussive flourishes around the 12-minute mark. "Catfish Row", an abbreviated suite culled from Porgy and Bess, is exuberant and involving." -The Independent

"[Bollani's] rapport with his compatriot Riccardo Chailly seems complete in...Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F, which Bollani and Chailly claim to play as written, without pulling about the melodic lines...This very "classical" account is the surprise of the disc, but there is plenty of jazzing in the Rhapsody and zing in the Catfish Row suite" -Sunday Times

"The performance of the Concerto is the finest I have ever heard...while all parties are alive to the smallest detail, there is an irreverance and spontaneity which capture the spirit of the work like no other...Rhapsody in Blue opens the disc. It's a cracking account that inhabits the same world as the Concerto...Here again, Bollani's exuberance and panache are infectious." -Gramophone

Gramophone Magazine Disc of the Month - May 2011

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (01/28/2010-01/30/2010).



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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
  • Performers: Thomas Ziesch (Clarinet); Stefano Bollani (Piano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Notes: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (01/28/2010-01/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
  • Performers: Jurnjakob Timm (Cello); Frank-Michael Erben (Violin); Gundel Jannemann-Fischer (Horn); Thomas Ziesch (Clarinet); Thomas Hipper (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Notes: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (01/28/2010-01/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: ?/?1935-01/1936
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
  • Performer: Stefano Bollani (Piano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Notes: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (01/28/2010-01/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gershwin, George : Rialto Ripples, rag for piano
  • Performer: Stefano Bollani (Piano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Notes: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (01/28/2010-01/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916
  • Studio/Live: Live