Gershwin - Works for Piano and Orchestra | Vox Classics VOXNX3018CD

Gershwin - Works for Piano and Orchestra


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Label: Vox Classics

Cat No: VOXNX3018CD

Barcode: 0747313301881

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 28th July 2023



Jeffrey Siegel (piano)
Susan Slaughter (trumpet)
St Louis Symphony Orchestra


Leonard Slatkin


Gershwin, George

I Got Rhythm Variations
Piano Concerto in F major
Rhapsody in Blue
Rhapsody no.2 'Second Rhapsody'


Jeffrey Siegel (piano)
Susan Slaughter (trumpet)
St Louis Symphony Orchestra


Leonard Slatkin


George Gershwin’s epochal Rhapsody in Blue brought the composer worldwide celebrity after its 1924 premiere. He was soon approached to write a concerto – appearing the following year the Concerto in F remains one of the most popular American works in the genre. The Second Rhapsody of 1931 is a more austere, transitional but fascinating score. These legendary VOX recordings from 1974, performed by pianist Jeffrey Siegel and multiple Grammy-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, are newly remastered in high definition from the original master tapes.

The recordings were originally released in 1974 and so are coming up to their 50th anniversary. The piano material here was last released on a VOX Box in 1990 (CDX-5007).

Jeffrey Siegel is a highly acclaimed pianist who has performed with internationally recognized orchestras and legendary conductors. He presents Keyboard Conversations®, a concert-with-commentary format that has been running for over three decades. With his extensive experience and reputation, he continues to captivate audiences with his virtuoso performances and insightful commentaries.

Leonard Slatkin has an extensive Naxos recording catalogue comprising significant American, French, and Russian works. He has won six Grammy Awards and received 35 nominations. He holds the National Medal of Arts and is a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honour.

Produced by Marc Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz these VOX recordings are acknowledged as Audiophile classics.

The booklet notes were written by the eminent writer Edward Jablonski who wrote The Gershwin Years (Doubleday, 1973) at around the same time the VOX recording was released; he subsequently wrote Gershwin in 1987, again for Doubleday.

‘His [Jeffery Siegel’s] performances were expressive and full of passion…This is an artist who means every note he plays.’ – The New York Times

‘Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate.’ – The Los Angeles Times

‘The leisurely, lyrical and well-balanced reading by Jeffrey Siegel, with Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, permits the work's wry humour and playfulness to emerge gently (and is a superb bargain on VOX CDX-5007).’ –

‘This recording is mesmerising for start to end… If you are even remotely interested in Gershwin or American music, grab this set when you see it!’ –

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