Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue/Piano Concerto Etc

April 27, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Label: Decca
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 57:25
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  • ASIN: B003HI9MSI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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It's not the ubiquitous saxophones and banjo that are bothersome.
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The smaller jazz orchestra and Ferdy Graufet's orchestration combine with Geshwin's music into something that shows both its jazz roots and Gershwin's mature style.
Janet Perry
There were some passages with the horns I felt were blurry so I thought I might try a newer recording but you don't always get the better sound that way, do you?
David Thierry

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This disc pulled me in and pushed me away at the same time. It looked on the downside like it might be yet another of those crossover efforts doomed to failure, usually drummed up by a marketing department with big name players to deploy. I've not always been a stark raving fan of pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, not that he ever plays anything all that badly. I sometimes just don't felt engaged and convinced by his musical views in some of the literature; oh, well. He's got the jet-setting musical career; I don't.

For up sides, several glimmers might draw us in. Baltimore (under former Music Director David Zinman, now holding forth in Zurich at the Tonhalle) gave us one of the very best readings of the Gershwin Concerto in F. Their partnership with Helene Grimaud jazzed right up to the top of my keeper lists; as did the companion reading of Ravel's Concerto in g. If you look closely at the back disc cover, you will see that we are given the Ferde Grofe arrangements for jazz band ... although later listening seems to confirm that these famous originals have been adapted just a bit to suit the larger departments of the Baltimore SO.

Still, the catalog competition is pretty well established, both in the "Blue" rhapsody and in the piano concerto. Rhapsody keepers can start with the young Bernstein's long-lasting reading, then go on to consider other classics like Earl Wild with Fiedler (now remastered in super audio). Other appealing rhapsodies have been let loose by Wayne Marshall, Michael Tilson Thomas accompanying the 1925 piano rolls with the composer in the solo assignment, and Tzimon Barto with Andrew Davis letting their hair down more than you might expect (one of my sleeper favs).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas N. Hogue on May 19, 2010
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The Thursday before this CD was released I saw a concert performed by Mr Thibaudet and this was the autographed disk offereed afterward I first to this with a person who disliked it because it seemed so entirely untraditional. I found that the focus seemed not so much on swing but speed. Aside fron the dramatically different orchestrations, the piano was much faster with riffs and onamentations played in a very different manner from what we are used to. If you are expectiong the normal 30's Gershwin, this ain't it, but if you approach this CD as an entirely new experience it is a lot of fun to hear. My issue is with the engineering. Balance is not what it should be, especially in the concerto. The percussion is sometimes piercing with the saxaphones sounding far away. Still I listen to this often.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janet Perry VINE VOICE on July 3, 2010
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George Gershwin's music is the msusic of my life. I've listened to it since infancy and I can only think of two of his pieces I don't like. One of them has always been Concerto in F. I felt, except for brief patches, that it was ponderous and dull. The orchestra always sounded mushy, lacking in both the brilliance I associate with Rhapsody in Blue and in the lush romanticism of orchestrations of some of his songs.

In short, I avoided it.

Now I know why. I had always heard it in Gershwin's own orchestration. And, to be quite honest, it is conventional, and not suited to his jazzy style. Although he had been in Paris and was influenced by Le Six (the great composer Poulenc was one of this group), their innovative style did not rub off in this orchestration.

Then I heard Thibaudet's recording on the radio. I wanted to say "Where have you been all my life?" It was as if this was a whole new piece, infused with all the sparkle I have loved in Gershwin for over 50 years.

I remained skeptical until I heard it again. It IS that wonderful. The smaller jazz orchestra and Ferdy Graufet's orchestration combine with Geshwin's music into something that shows both its jazz roots and Gershwin's mature style.

It turns something that was dull into something that is polished. The combination that made Rhapsody in Blue so iconic combined again, over Gershwin's objections, to make this wonderful piece. The Gershwin estate prevented it from being recorded until recently. It is to their honor that they have allowed it now for "historical interest." But just as Graufet's jazz orchestra rendition of Rhapsody in Blue is now the standard, this should become the standard for Concerto in F.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2010
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The Ferde Grofe version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue", arranged especially for the work's premiere with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the standard orchestral version. Rightfully so, I'd say. Therefore, what's good for the goose must also be good for the gander, right? . . . wrong. By the time Gershwin composed his "Concerto in F", he had already become a proficient orchestrator. Without consulting Gershwin, Grofe went ahead with his own orchestration at the request of Whiteman. Apparently, Gershwin was not too pleased by this turn of events. But more to the point, if you're already familiar with the concerto, this Grofe version may strike you as being very strange sounding. It's not the ubiquitous saxophones and banjo that are bothersome. Instead, it's the fact that Grofe changes more than just some of Gershwin's actual writing, and throws in a number of unnecessary tam-tam strokes as well (and I'm a huge gong-head!). The very beginning of the concerto, for example, has some brass chords that are changed in a very big way. Two big tam-tam smashes towards the end of the slow movement sound more like Shostakovich or Mahler, than Gershwin. It isn't so much that it's awful, but that it's in no way an improvement over Gershwin's own version. I have no qualms over Thibaudet's playing, although he does sound a tad stiff here and there - especially during the "I Got Rhythm" Variations. But equally troubling, is that certain wind instruments will suddenly sound larger than life.

Baltimore's Meyerhoff Hall is a notoriously dry place to record, and it sounds as though the Decca engineers struggled a bit here. Make no mistake, there's the usual richness and deep bass to the Decca sound.
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