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Rhapsody in Blue Extra tracks, Original recording remastered


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Rhapsody in BlueMichael Tilson Thomas;George Gershwin13:42Album Only
listen  2. An American in ParisNew York Philharmonic;Michael Tilson Thomas18:34Album Only
listen  3. Overture to "Oh Kay!"Buffalo Philharmonic;Michael Tilson Thomas 7:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Funny Face OvertureBuffalo Philharmonic;Michael Tilson Thomas 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Overture to "Girl Crazy"Buffalo Philharmonic;Michael Tilson Thomas 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Strike Up the Band OvertureBuffalo Philharmonic;Michael Tilson Thomas 7:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Of Thee I Sing OvertureBuffalo Philharmonic;Michael Tilson Thomas 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Let 'Em Eat Cake OvertureBuffalo Philharmonic;Michael Tilson Thomas 8:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Promenade (Walking The Dog)Michael Tilson Thomas;Los Angeles Philharmonic 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Fascinating RhythmSarah Vaughan 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0001ENYGC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D Barrett on May 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
There are literally hundreds of performances of Rhapsody in Blue available on CD. This one uses the 1925 piano roll made by Gershwin himself. Check out the running time. 13:43 compared to Bernstein's apathetic 16:20. George knew how he wanted Rhapsody to be played and he did it. Thank goodness for piano rolls or we'd be stuck with a very tinkly audio. Tilson Thomas drives his orchestra to keep up with his soloist. This isn't the Rhapsody you've heard all these years, this is the version that was meant to be heard. The truth is there aren't many contemporary pianists that can keep up with Gershwin's pall mall pacing; they're just not from the 20's Jazz Era (most are simply wonderful concert pianists). There is a story that Gershwin was traveling by train with his very close friend and great pianist himself, Oscar Levant. Oscar had the top berth, George had the lower (considered more desirable by train travelers). Gershwin commented, "You know Oscar, upper birth-lower birth, it the difference between greatness and genius." You don't need to be a musicologist to know who the genius was.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Schneider VINE VOICE on April 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Let me begin by saying I love the rhapsody. The version by Leonard Pennario with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony was one of the first LPs I got through the Capitol Record Club when I was in my early teens. I know the piece inside out. I don't know how many recordings I have of it at this point. But to say that this is the "definitive" version because Gershwin is (or was) at the piano is foolishness. I don't think he ever intended it to be torn through at that breakneck tempo. 13:47? Come on! It's usually around 17 minutes. I felt so bad for the musicians on this recording who must have been lying, bleeding on the studio floor after trying to keep up with the pace. Can't piano rolls be slowed down in playback? I can only assume that Gershwin ripped through the thing in record time because there were time constraints on piano rolls.

I love the concept of putting the orchestra along with the roll, although if you listen to the roll version without the orchestra (which, incidentally, clocks in at 14:25, nearly half a minute longer, or slower), he plays everything, being the soloist and the orchestra. They obviously dropped the piano roll out of the mix at certain points where it was orchestra only. One gets the feeling that conductor Michael Tilson Thomas tried to slow things down a bit at those points. (When he recorded the rhapsody with the Los Angeles Philharmonic with himself at the keyboard nine years after this recording was made, he kept it down to a more reasonable 15:45.)

So what I'm saying is that just because Gershwin himself cut the piano roll, it doesn't mean that that's the tempo he and Whiteman decided on for the premiere performance.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 16, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had previously owned this album on vinyl many years ago and was thrilled to find it again on CD. To hear a stripped down, jazz band version of Rhapsody with the piano being manned by George Gershwin (via the original piano roll that he cut) takes my breath every time that I hear it. The overtures of the Gershwin Broadway productions are magnificent and will thrill both fans of the maestro as well as classic Broadway buffs. This is one to be treasured.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Feesey on April 11, 2011
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Know nothing of this artist,outside of Porgy and Bess that is,which seems to be everywhere...I read the Amazon and Wiki notes before purchasing this album.It is a delightful survey album, by a quality orchestra and a talented conductor.My thirst for Gershwin has been slaked,thanks.
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