Gershwin: An American in Paris; Rhapsody in Blue; Ravel: Bólero; Pavane pour une infante défunte; Debussy: Prélude à

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
American pianist and radio host Christopher O'Riley has attracted considerable attention for his classical-styled interpretations of music by Radiohead and other rock performers. At the time of these performances, originally released in 1993 and 1994, he was little known. If one expects an unusual orientation toward the pop elements in George Gershwin's evergreen "Rhapsody in Blue" from O'Riley, one will be disappointed. This recording doesn't provide the "rarely heard abandon" promised in the back cover blurb and on every other volume in the Royal Philharmonic Masterworks' "Audiophile Collection," and the audiophile designation is likewise questionable. It still serves ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
American pianist and radio host Christopher O'Riley has attracted considerable attention for his classical-styled interpretations of music by Radiohead and other rock performers. At the time of these performances, originally released in 1993 and 1994, he was little known. If one expects an unusual orientation toward the pop elements in George Gershwin's evergreen "Rhapsody in Blue" from O'Riley, one will be disappointed. This recording doesn't provide the "rarely heard abandon" promised in the back cover blurb and on every other volume in the Royal Philharmonic Masterworks' "Audiophile Collection," and the audiophile designation is likewise questionable. It still serves as a reasonable budget choice for the "Rhapsody in Blue," along with the tone poem "An American in Paris" and a trio of French Impressionist masterworks. Give the budget-line issuer Sheridan Square credit: this is one of the few mass-market releases that includes Ravel's "Bólero," but does not give it top billing. In that work and in "An American in Paris," especially, some listeners may want a bit more rhythmic verve, but these are quintessentially British performances despite the American pianist with orchestral precision and carefully controlled readings from conductor Barry Wordsworth that are especially absorbing in Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante défunte" and Debussy's "Prélude à l'aprés-midi du'un faune." The booklet is a weak point, almost completely failing to address the music actually heard on the album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/2009
  • Label: Royal Phil Masterwrk
  • UPC: 723721434656
  • Catalog Number: 28050
  • Sales rank: 176,193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 An American in Paris, tone poem for orchestra - George Gershwin & Christopher O'Riley (18:51)
  2. 2 Rhapsody in Blue, for piano - George Gershwin & Christopher O'Riley (17:33)
  3. 3 Boléro, ballet for orchestra - Maurice Ravel & Alan Peters (13:24)
  4. 4 Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra) - Maurice Ravel & Alan Peters (6:04)
  5. 5 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86 - Claude Debussy & Alan Peters (9:23)
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Album Credits

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist
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