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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; I Got Rhythm; Piano Concerto in F; Second Rhapsody / Freddy Kempf, Andrew Litton

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra no 2 "Rhapsody in Rivets"
>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Arts Desk, 8th September 2012
This is a fun reading [of the Rhapsody], but Kempf doesn't sound quite as unbuttoned as in the later pieces. There's plenty of technical brilliance - staggering rapid passage work and articulation, but the emotional thrills are provided by Litton's Bergen forces... But stick with Kempf - it's a thrill to hear him slowly drop his guard and deliver a slow movement of melting beauty.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2012
His first entry in the ambitious Concerto in F is a touch disappointing...But his playing after that combines dazzling articulation with a feeling for jazz rhythms and big Broadway-style tunes...Litton, no slouch himself as a Gershwin pianist, provides an idiomatic accompaniment with his Bergen Philharmonic, resplendently recorded with the piano nicely integrated into the texture.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2012
Freddy Kempf is totally efficient and well balanced in this recording, and in the finale his repeated-note panache is breathtaking, threatening to come unstuck - but it never does...The chief attraction of this CD is getting all these pieces together in convincing performances.

Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 6th August 2012
The Piano Concerto is terrifically exciting, with wonderful orchestral sounds and very stylish playing from Kempf. And as a collection of all Gershwin's music for piano and orchestra on one disc, this is most definitely up there with the very best.



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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
  • Performer: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 32 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
  • Performers: Freddy Kempf (Piano); Hakan Nilsen (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Running Time: 16 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra no 2 "Rhapsody in Rivets"
  • Performer: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Running Time: 15 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 05/1931

>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
  • Performer: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934