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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue - Music Experience in 3-Dimensional Sound Reality [7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Disc] [Blu-ray] [Audio Only]

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  • Format: HiFi Sound, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Surround Records /
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002I6PEGE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After winning strong recognition as soloists, Japanese born pianists Yuki and Tomoko Mack melded their artistry into an award-winning piano duo. They won prizes in several prestigious international competitions. For this recording The Duo has produced three most known two-piano works by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein:

Rhapsody in Blue is a musical composition by George Gershwin written in 1924, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. The composition was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé three times, in 1924, in 1926, and finally in 1946. The piece received its premiere in a concert entitled An Experiment in Modern Music, which was held on February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Paul Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano. The version for piano and symphony orchestra, orchestrated by Ferde Grofé in 1942, has become one of the most popular American concert works. George Gershwin did much to create syntheses between jazz and classical traditions in his concert music. Percy Grainger was a composer, concert pianist and friend of Gershwin brothers. His Transcription for Porgy & Bess for two-pianos faithfully captures the drama and excitement of the orchestral score. Changing swords to switchblades, adding song and dance, Leonard Bernstein and librettist Stephen Sondheim transformed Shakespeare s, Romeo and Juliet from 16th century Verona to ghettos of New York in a powerful musical rendition of this classic story. The stunning two-piano arrangement is the work of John Musto, a pianist/composer currently living in New York.

1. George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
2. George Gershwin - Porgy & Bess, Fantasy for two Pianos / arr. by Percy Grainger
3. Leonard Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story / arr. by John Musto

Audio Presentation: 24 bit 96K 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio --Surround Records

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rhapsody in Bue: ONLY piano, not full orchestra October 3, 2009
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Just a warning:
This Blu-Ray: Rhapsody in Blue: ONLY piano, not full orchestra. Sound is good but don't expect the big sound of the orchestral version of Rhapsody in Blue... Kind of dissapointing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HUGE rip-off! November 25, 2011
By maelje
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This disc was produced by Alexander Jero. As with a lot of the releases involving this person, the inserts and the disc itself look very amateurish, even perhaps homemade? The music itself, performed by Yuki and Tomoko Mack, is fine but not often inspired -- the technical skills seem OK, but theirs is a rather cool interpretation of a piece that's supposed to be an outpouring of the American spirit. And the multichannel format here is like an Oscar-winning actor in a pointless cameo; seriously, what was the purpose here, given the sparse instrumentation?

But the real problem: As other reviewers here have found, Mr. Jero apparently cannot even be bothered to make a product that actually plays. A few minutes into track 2, the music went silent even though my BD player indicated the track was still playing. I checked connections, examined the disc and restarted the track. Same result.

I sent this back. What a RIP-OFF.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Piano only!! April 2, 2010
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I thought this was a rich production with a full orchestra and 7.1 channel sound. Wrong ! It is a Piano Duet that is unaccompanied. I did not notice the posted review warning of this. This is a waste of money and time. Rhapsody in Blue deserves nothing less than a full orchestra and unless you have a yearning for listening to unaccompanied piano, pass on this
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 10, 2010
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What a let-down. The performance is fine but to live up to the hype of 7.1 dts, a full orchestra is needed. This is like painting a rainbow in black & white.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wouldn't play October 1, 2009
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Wouldn't play on my blu-ray player. Sent it back. Never had this happen before.
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