Gershwin Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This Greatest Hits Gershwin disc from Sony is really anything but. It contains some unusual old Gershwin items from the Sony/Columbia catalog, dating as far back as 1959 in the case of the Philadelphia Orchestra reading of "A Symphonic Picture of Porgy and Bess," led by Eugene Ormandy. That's not exactly a common item these days; people tend to want to hear the arias from that great opera. Still less common is the version of "Rhapsody in Blue," which represents one of classical music's few forays into the necro-collaboration form beloved by country audiences. It pairs a new realization of the original Gershwin score not the later orchestrations by Grofé and others by the ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This Greatest Hits Gershwin disc from Sony is really anything but. It contains some unusual old Gershwin items from the Sony/Columbia catalog, dating as far back as 1959 in the case of the Philadelphia Orchestra reading of "A Symphonic Picture of Porgy and Bess," led by Eugene Ormandy. That's not exactly a common item these days; people tend to want to hear the arias from that great opera. Still less common is the version of "Rhapsody in Blue," which represents one of classical music's few forays into the necro-collaboration form beloved by country audiences. It pairs a new realization of the original Gershwin score not the later orchestrations by Grofé and others by the Columbia Jazz Band under Michael Tilson Thomas, with a recording by Gershwin himself on piano rolls. The recording, released in 1976, was well done from an engineering standpoint, but it's hardly a famous hit. From there you move into the "Girl Crazy" overture -- not even the most famous orchestral piece drawn from Gershwin's musicals -- and five selections from the "Gershwin Song-Book" played by André Watts. The only real "greatest hit" on offer here is the concluding "An American in Paris," in a version by the Boston Pops under the durable Arthur Fiedler. There's nothing wrong with any of these performances, and reissue producer Richard King has cobbled together diverse sound sources into something quite listenable. It's just that the recording is almost more appropriate for the serious Gershwin fan in search of a collection of historical realizations of his music than for the buyer in search of the greatest hits in the Gershwin recording catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886974256229
  • Catalog Number: 742562
  • Sales rank: 22,921

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & jazz band - George Gershwin & Michael Tilson Thomas (13:46)
  2. 2 Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture (arr. Robert Russell Bennett) - Robert Russell Bennett & George Gershwin (25:01)
  3. 3 Girl Crazy, musical: Overture - George Gershwin & Michael Tilson Thomas (5:47)
  4. 4 I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise, song (from George White's Scandals of 1922) - George Gershwin & Roxanne Slimak (1:11)
  5. 5 The Man I Love, song (from Strike Up the Band, 1st version; orig. composed for Lady, Be Good!) - George Gershwin & Roxanne Slimak (2:37)
  6. 6 Sweet and Low-Down, song (from Tip-Toes, musical) - George Gershwin & Roxanne Slimak (1:11)
  7. 7 That Certain Feeling, song (from Tip-Toes, musical) - George Gershwin & Roxanne Slimak (1:44)
  8. 8 'S Wonderful, song (from Funny Face, musical) - George Gershwin & Roxanne Slimak (1:34)
  9. 9 An American in Paris, tone poem for orchestra - George Gershwin & Boston Pops Orchestra (16:37)
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