Gershwin - Concerto in F; works by Harbison, Tower & Piston | Naxos - American Classics 8559875

Gershwin - Concerto in F; works by Harbison, Tower & Piston

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Label: Naxos - American Classics

Cat No: 8559875

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 13th November 2020

Contents

Artists

Kevin Cole (piano)
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic

Conductor

David Alan Miller

Works

Gershwin, George

Piano Concerto in F major

Harbison, John

Remembering Gatsby

Piston, Walter

Symphony no.5

Tower, Joan

Sequoia

Artists

Kevin Cole (piano)
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic

Conductor

David Alan Miller

About

This programme represents American orchestral music in all of its verve and expressive variety. Following the sensational success of Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwinís Concerto in F was his first foray away from jazz bands into the concert hall, recorded here for the first time in a new critical edition by Timothy Freeze based on the composerís own notation and performances. John Harbisonís Remembering Gatsby is a foxtrot that evokes the sonorities of 1920s dance bands, while Joan Towerís Sequoia reflects her fascination with these silent giants of the tree world. Walter Pistonís contribution to the development of 20th-century American music cannot be underestimated, and his Fifth Symphony successfully blends twelve-tone modernity with reflective profundity and a finale that evokes a spirit of joy and optimism.

This substantial programme of American orchestral works offers superb new recordings of major works that rarely appear on commercial releases, the most significant of which is Walter Pistonís masterly Fifth Symphony. There is also a hidden premiere in this recording of Gershwinís Concerto in F, which is the first to be made using The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition. This is based on a comprehensive study of manuscript, print and recorded sources, and presents the Concerto as it was notated and performed by the composer.

This new release follows the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonicís (NOIP) previous recording of Bernsteinís Songfest (8559859). The said disc also featured a performance of An American in Paris, which is also the first to use the new Gershwin Critical Edition.

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