Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (2 LP in 1 CD) Digipack
  • RCA Victor LSC-2367 RCA Victor LSC-2367
  • RCA Victor LSC-2586 RCA Victor LSC-2586
  • Arthur Fiedler Arthur Fiedler
  • George Gershwin George Gershwin

Arthur Fiedler

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (2 LP in 1 CD) Digipack

Blue Moon 800 Series

Personnel:
Arthur Fiedler (dir), Earl Wild (p), Pasquale Cardillo (cl), George Gershwin (comp), Boston Pops Orchestra

Reference: BMCD 897

Bar code: 8427328008976

· Collector's Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit

George Gershwin wrote “Rhapsody in Blue” at the behest of bandleader Paul Whiteman for his concert “An Experiment in Modern Music.” The piece was introduced February 12, 1924, and it was an instant success. As one critic put it, Gershwin “is a link between the jazz camp and the intellectuals. His Rhapsody revealed a genuine melodic gift and a piquant and individual harmonic sense. Moreover, it was genuine jazz music.”

This CD release contains also four main works by the composer. “An American in Paris” is the composer’s love poem to the city. The “Concerto in F” is Gershwin’s great monument, and it represents his highest achievement in the field of “absolute” music. His rarely heard, brilliantly colored “I Got Rhythm” variations for piano and orchestra and the spine-tingling excursion into his “Cuban Overture,” written in 1932, are no less remarkable in their inventiveness and colorful style.

All five compositions are performed here by pianist Earl Wild with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Wild was an acknowledged master among Gershwin interpreters, and his recordings with Fiedler are a living legend of musical rightness, beauty and popularity.

Tracklisting:
01. Rhapsody in Blue 16:17
02. An American in Paris 16:38
03. Concerto in F – I movement: Allegro 12:01
04. Concerto in F – II movement: Adagio; Andante con moto 10:28
05. Concerto in F – III movement: Allegro agitato 6:13
06. “I Got Rhythm” Variations 7:58
07. Cuban Overture 9:16

Total time: 79:23 min.

All compositions written by George Gershwin

Sources:
Tracks #1-2, from the album “Gershwin—Rhapsody in Blue” (RCA Victor LSC-2367)
Tracks #3-7, from the album “Gershwin—Concerto in F - Cuban Overture I Got Rhythm, Variations” (RCA Victor LSC-2586)

ARTHUR FIEDLER conducts THE BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA
Earl Wild (piano), Pasquale Cardillo (clarinet solo on #1).
Recorded at Symphony Hall, Boston, May 13 & 14, 1959 (#1 & 2); and May 17 & 18, 1961 (#3-7)

Original recordings produced by Richard Mohr (#1-2) and Peter Delheim (#3-7)
Living Stereo recordings engineered by Lewis Layton & Anthony Salvatore

This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
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$11.25  (tax incl.)

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