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Rhapsody in Blue; Cto in F; Three Preludes [Import]

Gershwin Audio CD
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listen  1. Concerto In F: Allegro12:55Album Only
listen  2. Concerto In F: Adagio, Andante Con Moto11:00Album Only
listen  3. Concerto In F: Allegro Agiato 7:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Three Preludes: Allegro Ben Ritmato & Deciso 1:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Three Preludes: Andante Con Moto & Poco Rubato 4:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Three Preludes: Allegro Ben Ritmato E Deciso 1:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rhapsody In Blue (Piano Solo)14:42Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 1992)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic UK
  • ASIN: B00008FVAM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
USA pianist Norman Krieger is appearing now around the catalog edges. His pedigree is a high one. He was a student of Adele Marcus at New York's Juilliard School. Then he also studied with Maria Curcio and Alfred Brendel in London. And he wrapped up by coaching with Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has won awards and prizes, including topping out at the first ever Palm Beach International Competition in 1987. He now sits on the faculty of the music school at University of Southern California.

This disc offers us something slightly old-fashioned. Krieger is playing two solo piano transcriptions, one each of the Gershwin Piano Concerto in F, and Rhapsody in Blue. He also gives us the original solo versions of the three piano preludes. Gershwin himself did an original transcription of the rhapsody, so popular did the work become. Grace Castagnetta did a transcription of the concerto in 1946, for Gershwin's publisher, Harms, and played it in public for the first time at her NY recital at Town Hall, that same year. Her name is probably not familiar to most of us, though in her hey day she was noted for her forceful musical playing, especially her improvisations. The moment Gershwin's publisher heard her on a radio broadcast, the powers that be immediately switched the commissioning of the solo concerto transcription from Percy Grainger to GC. As part of her process, Castagnetta consulted the original rhapsody transcription closely, and tried to emphasize the keyboard's sound world, instead of trying to imitate or recall the original concerto orchestration.

The disc begins with the concerto transcription, passes on to each of the three solo piano preludes, and then concludes with Gershwin's original solo Rhapsody in Blue transcription.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept/Doesn't Quite Work November 12, 2012
By Figaro
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This is not new music for me. I have LPs, tapes and CDs of all this music by various well known artists. I wasn't crazy about this recording at the first listening; my husband didn't like it at all. I listened to it on my iPod and I played it again on the stereo to see if I could re-evaluate it.

The 1st movement of the Concerto in F was lacking, specifically the orchestra. It just does not work well with a piano solo. The 2nd movement was better - smooth & jazzy as it should be. The finale, once again, suffered from lack of orchestral back-up. The percussion wasn't there. There just aren't enough keys on a piano!

Mr. Krieger did an okay job on the préludes. #1 & #2 were not a bad interpretations, just not thrilling; and #3 was way off on the rhythm. I have other recordings of these; one by Michael Tilson Thomas, the other with Leonard Bernstein. Krieger just isn't there yet.

His rendering of Rhapsody in Blue was much too rapid in many places, his technique and rhythms are either off or inconsistent. Perhaps the fault lies in Grace Castagnetta's transcriptions. (Although the préludes were not affected by her work - they have been transcribed for piano & violin, violin solo, guitar, etc., with excellent results.)

I will say the this recording was well engineered. It has good sound stage and dynamic range. Perhaps Mr. Krieger should study some of the masters and try again. If you are looking for great interpretation of Gershwin, you won't find it here.Gershwin: Piano Solos
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