Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, 8 Preludes
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Cat No: SOMMCD2602
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 27th May 2016
WorksFragment in G minor
I Got Rhythm Variations
Melody in F minor
Novelette in Fourths
Piano Concerto in F major
Preludes (3) for piano
Rhapsody in Blue
ArtistsMark Bebbington (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Anyone familiar with Mark Bebbington's probing interpretations - which have netted him seven five-star reviews in a row from BBC Music Magazine - and the questing musical explorations of maestro Botstein (currently in his 23rd year as music director of the American Symphony Orchestra) will know what to expect. And, says Bebbington, they uncovered unexpected shades among the famous melodies. "There is a real Mahlerian melancholy that lies at the heart of the slow movement of the Concerto," he says, "and it's when you take note of those profundities that the fierce joy elsewhere really makes sense."
Leon Botstein brings a majestic intensity to the orchestral writing, with Mark Bebbington matching him bar by bar - bringing the same chemistry to the studio that infused their successful appearance together recently at Carnegie Hall. And they equally drink gleefully the heady cocktail of Charleston and ragtime inflected with jazz that spikes these works.
This will be a Gershwin recording to remember - fresh interpretations, a premiere, and two fine musicians at the top of their game.
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