George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Piano Concerto in F - The Greatest Classica

June 26, 2012 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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  • Original Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: 2012 Angel Records
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  • Total Length: 1:05:10
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  • ASIN: B00899DO84
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,732 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Yeah, I'm that old!
dmm
Also recommended for anyone who wants to expand their collection with different readings of these lovable works.
T. Fisher
I listen to George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" every day.
Lani

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2012
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I picked up this bargain offering of George Gershwin's main orchestral works at its introductory bargain price of a dollar in August 2012, and especially for that price I think it's a fantastic deal. This is basically a bargain re-issue of this classic album by Andre Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra, featuring Previn conducting from the piano on Rhapsody in Blue and the Piano Concerto in F, and from the podium on An American in Paris.

The much-beloved Rhapsody in Blue will be the centerpiece for many listeners. I have a hard time finding anything that measures up in my mind to the recording of Rhapsody that I grew up with: Leonard Bernstein's classic performance with the Columbia Symphony. On this album under Previn, I found Rhapsody in Blue pretty good but I wasn't convinced by some things -- like the sound of the brass section especially in the finale.

Happily, I thought the kinetic performance of "An American in Paris" was great, and also was won over by a fine Concerto in F.

Technical quality is good, with variable bitrates averaging 227-238 kbps. Total download size is 109 MB.

Heartily recommended for anyone who just wants to check these jazzy symphonic works out at a bargain price. It's all to the good.

Also recommended for anyone who wants to expand their collection with different readings of these lovable works. If you're not really expecting the album to live up to its title of "The Greatest Classical Music Ever!" (with an exclamation point, no less), you should be fine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M303 on August 17, 2012
I'll second the other reviewer here - this is a great performance of an essential classical piece, and for 99 cents it's a great album to add to any music library. The other compilations in the series are great as well (also on sale for only 99 cents each), but are more for newcomers who want to explore relaxing music, piano music, etc.
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By Charles West on December 9, 2012
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One of my favorite American composers, whether it be classical or popular standards! The pieces included here are the finest he ever composed and the presentation by Previn is one of the best ever!
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Many would argue Gershwin is America's greatest composer. I would disagree as to the greatest. Gerswin was perhaps the most gifted at wrting many genre's. Pop songs, musicals and film scores. But he never really wrote a major piece. It too bad, Gerswin, like so many creative people, probably burned himself out. However, these three works, in my opinion, have been never been recorded better. Perhaps I may be prejudiced, because I once heard Previn conduct in person. This is purchase is a worthy addition to any serious collector.
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This is a great way to extend your music library to include great works by an American composer at a very reasonable price.

The orchestra is terrific.
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Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" has been done many times, because it's so good. This version packs a wallop with intense energy, driving rhythm and saucy exuberance provided by the lead clarinet. It's fun to listen to, and gives you some perspective on the imaginative side of the Roaring 20's. The other two pieces are okay, but I usually skip them and end up playing "Rhapsody in Blue" more than once. There's just something about it....
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