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Gershwin: Concerto in F, Rhapsody No. 2, I Got Rhythm Variations (Blu Ray Audio)


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  • Performer: Orion Weiss, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta
  • Blu-ray Audio (February 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos Blu-ray Audio
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • ASIN: B006O51D2E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Blu Ray Audio format featuring 24-bit, 96kHz Stereo and Surround - George Gershwin's Concerto in F was a response to demands for a 'proper concerto' after the success of Rhapsody in Blue, avoiding programmatic content while providing a feast of tunes both uplifting and nostalgic. Originally intended as music for a film, his up-beat Rhapsody No. 2 describes the bustling Manhattan cityscape while under construction. Sourced from his hit musical Girl Crazy, I Got Rhythm Variations was Gershwin's last full score. Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and collaborators of his generation of young American musicians.

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I agree with the "worst" review that the recorded level is very low, in the range of 10 dB below the typical, and if one does not compensate for this with increased volume at playback, the sound will be dull. The greater problem is the ineffective use of the multichannel recording medium. The volume in the center channel is very low, and the piano is spread between the left and right speakers. In the Concerto, this works out reasonably well, but in the Rhapsody and Variations, the piano either sounds spread across the sound stage or on one side of it, not near the center as it should be and would be if the center channel had been used effectively.
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The recording quality of this Blu-ray, audio disc was most impressive and the choice of music on it was great as I did not have any of the pieces in any format. Looks like Blu-ray audio has a bright future.
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By Ron Santora on February 4, 2013
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The quality of the playing and recording were very good. The playing by both the orchestra and pianist were good, equal to many other noteworthy performances by more renowned orchestra's and pianists. The recording was very good as well, not up to the standard set by the recent Mahler cycle by the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, but still very good. The sense of the hall in surround was evident but not over done. The microphone placement was a bit close in for my tastes especially with this type of large scale work. But all in all I'm very pleased and look forward to listening to it time and time again.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William G. Kempster on August 16, 2012
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Bought this on the strength of some decent reviews and also having been impressed by the Naxos Bluray Audio-only Szymanowsky disc. This Gershwin disc, however, is so bad it is embarrassing. Firstly, the multichannel sound is at an AMAZINGLY low level. I have a lot of recordings of all types, and the level on this is about 10 - 12db lower than the average recording; at least 8db lower than the NEXT lowest level recording I have ever owned. Well, maybe that shouldn't matter that much, especially if everything else were OK? Fair enough? It isn't. All the playing here is utterly dull. The strings sound as if (the three of them) phoned in their contribution via mp3 from a Siberian salt mine. The soloist is dull. The sound of the piano is dull. The conducting is limp. I have conducted the 2nd rhapsody and think it is awesome. No one could be excused from thinking it a piece of dross on this evidence. Anyone want to buy mine for cheap?
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