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Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite / Concerto for Piano and Orchestra / Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sunrise: Grand Canyon Suite
  2. Painted Desert: Grand Canyon Suite
  3. On The Trail: Grand Canyon Suite
  4. Sunset: Grand Canyon Suite
  5. Cloudburst: Grand Canyon Suite
  6. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
  7. Rhapsody in Blue


Product Details

  • Performer: Jesus Maria Sanroma
  • Orchestra: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ferde Grofé, William Steinberg
  • Composer: Ferde Grofé, George Gershwin
  • Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Everest
  • ASIN: B0000023H9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on July 5, 2000
The reason you'd buy this is for Sanroma the pianist, an artist of great insight, technical fluency and interpretative acumen.
Surely he's the only one to make the slaggardly, empty and corny Grofe concerto worth hearing--once. Grofe himself is a mediocre conductor, and without lending any composer insights, he also makes the Rochester Phil sound nearly amateur, surely never its status, ever.
The Gershwin is superb, Sanroma imparting a great pleasure in playing, the authorative Gershwin counductor Steinberg in top form...and the Pittsburghers faring up to their standard, unlike their poor Rochester bretheren.
Half a disk can't be considered a good buy, but the whole isn't exactly in the woof-house, either.
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Without a doubt, this is the most unspectacular reading and recording of Ferde Grofe's otherwise-classic light music suite, "Grand Canyon." Much of the problem lies with Grofe's indifferent conducting; the rest lies with a drab and poorly balanced recording quite atypical of the label, Everest. Everest produced a number of sonic masterpieces around the same time (1960), so what happened here? The "Concerto for Piano in D minor" is interesting only as a stab at traditional composition by Grofe. Otherwise, the listener is at least eight bars ahead of the composer most of the way in this beautifully-written but vapid work. More invovled conducting would have helped, a lot.
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There are many recordings of the Grand Canyon Suite in better sound than this one, which seems a bit thin. Still, it's nice to hear the composer's take on it. The real value of this piece (leaving aside the Rhapsody, which is not on my LP copy) is what may be the only recording of Grofe's only piano concerto, a slight but charming piece with brassy bluster and corny charm. It's in a hurry from the first bar, and doesn't really take any time out for a slow movement, and it gets some good mileage out of a Prokofiev-like reappearance of themes with more flashy ornamentation. It wears well, too. I've been listening to it for over a quarter of a century and still find it running through my head.
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