Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

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Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Hi! Time ago I've read the recommended recordings list of this site and found very interesting the record by Leonard Bernstein "Bernstein Century: Gershwin" (p)1986 Sony Music 63086. Especially I'm dying for Rhapsody in Blue. Just fantastic record with staging details and stereo localization.

What can you say about this record? Maybe recommend another one of Rhapsody in Blue etc. Thanks in advance.

RE: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

I agree with the views on Bernstein's Rhapsody for Sony.  Much more alive than his recording for DG.  I particularly like the mix of jazz and classical style that he brings.  And that sense of sheer exuberance.  Definitely my favourite although I do also enjoy Earl Wild on RCA and Previn on EMI.  Also try the jazz band version with James Levine on DG.

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Yes a stunning recording: I have the original CBS LP coupled with an American In Paris. You should have though, Victor 493, a recording of his piano concerto (greatest of the 20th century for me), with that fabulous trumpet (or is it a cornet?) part in the slow movement. Earl Wild, or two lesser known performances, possibly even better: Werner Haas, Monte Carlo Opera Orch or a great Vanguard LP from Abravanel and his Utah orchestra with a Daniel Lowenthal as pianist in bright & brash performances of the Rhapsody, concerto & American in Paris. Good sound despite side lengths in excess of 30 mins.

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The first recording that I ever had of that work was on Columbia with Andre Previn and Andre Kostelanetz "And His Orchestra."  I still like it and it is available on an Odyssey CD along with Concerto in F.  I still like it although the Bernstein is in a class by itself.

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I seemed to spend years finding a recording of Rhapsody in blue I was happy with and finally struck gold with Harmonia Mundi's recent Gershwin by Grofe disc (http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#/albums?id=1466) - the jazz band version, with an unexpected touch of Kletzmer in the clarinets and, best of all, a banjo included in the ensemble!  A couple of oddities on the CD: a period recording of the Yankie Doodle blues (very scratchy) and a sax-and-piano version of Summertime in which the former's improvisations are in a style quite unlike the other pieces.  These two reservations apart, the CD is enormous fun.

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Thanks a lot for answering.

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I have a reading by Garrick Ohlsson with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. It is on Sony/RCA. Gramophone however seem to prefer another reading. Can't recall the pianist's name. It is a woman though. 

A music lover currently living in the middle of nowhere. 

RE: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

I think I can't help you to name this pianist for sorries. But another record I listened was Telarc's Michel Camilo "Rhapsody in blue". As I see the disc is different like Sony/RCA edition but it's not false. I found it very velvet sounding and great stereo staging.

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