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Any Gershwin fans out there? Recommendations?

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For some reason, I've gotten into a Gershwin mood. He is wanted of my fav's cause its just so much fun. I keep on listening to one Gershwin CD, I forgot who, but I was wondering what are some of the definitive recordings of Gershwin. Any help comes much appreciated!
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Both the Bernstein CD of orchestral works on Sony Classical, and the Fiedler/Boston Pops CD on RCA are highly recommended by me.
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Do you have his Piano Concerto? Ormandy / Entremont do a decent job.

Also, the Rattle recording of "Porgy & Bess" is superb.
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Ditto on the Fiedler recording of Rhapsody in Blue with Earl Wild. Has a stylish American in Paris with it.

Then....if you really like Gershwin, you must have Porgy and Bess. There are several really, really good recordings, but my favorite remains the Maazel/Cleveland version on Decca. The Houston version on RCA has its admirers, too.
And Maazel also did a Gershwin pops disk with the standards, including a very sassy, marvelous Cuban Overture.
EMI has a disk called Gershwin Overtures that is great if you enjoy the musicals. I don't care for them, but the big tunes are in the overtures and well worth seeking out.
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Don't know if they're definitive, but a couple of CD's that I really like, in the Gershwin "pop" vein are:
"Nice Work if You Can Get It" Ella Fitzgerald and Andre Previn do Gershwin and "Someone to Watch Over Me" Susannah McCorkle The Songs of George Gershwin.
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Originally Posted by jagorev
Both the Bernstein CD of orchestral works on Sony Classical, and the Fiedler/Boston Pops CD on RCA are highly recommended by me.
Agree here 100%, Earl Wild is pianist on the Fiedler CD and plays with his typical animated energetic style which fits the music perfectly.

The reference for me has to be the Bernstein/Sony however, although some complain Lenny on piano embellishes the jazz swing a bit with some artistic liscense, but the results are fabulous.......if anything the American in Paris is an even finer performance, essential Gershwin disc!
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Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Lenny on piano embellishes the jazz swing a bit with some artistic liscense
Yeah, but I think that's a necessary part of jazz.
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Guys thanks, I'm going to check these out...
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Cuban Overtures ~ from José White to George Gershwin

Presented by: Cuban Cultural Center of New York (In collaboration with KX-Kulturmarketing, Germany)

Friday, April 29, 2011, 7:30 PM

THE GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH @ Lincoln Center
152 West 66th St., off Broadway, NYC

 

Classical pianists Eric Clark (U.S.), Vitaly Popov (Russia) and Chiemi Nakai (Japan) play European masters and then pay due hommage to George Gershwin and classical Cuban composers from the 19th and 20th centuries, including José White, Alejandro García Caturla (pictured above), Ernesto Lecuona and others. Featuring a stellar performance by Cuban bass virtuoso Carlos del Pino, artistic director. An international musical tour de force!

 

$25 for non CCC members, $15 for CCC members

Order tickets at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/171193

 

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