Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue

by Blue Chamber Quartet Blue Chamber Quartet

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid)

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Several classically-trained chamber ensembles have found fresh inspiration in jazz, so the crossover repertoire of the Blue Chamber Quartet is not especially surprising, though the group's instrumentation is a bit novel. Comprised of harp, piano, vibraphone, and piano, this Austrian-German quartet has an adaptable tonal palette that works well in either classical or jazz music, though there is a certain traditional conservatory approach in the playing. The tracks that most display a flexible jazz feeling are Mark Glentworth's "Blues for Gilbert" and Allen Shawn's "Three Dance Portraits," and they fulfill the group's promise of expanding stylistic parameters and permitting spontaneity and some improvisation. The more conventional arrangements are Leonard Bernstein's "Overture to Candide," Isaac Albéniz's "Suite española," and George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," which follow the originals closely without stretching much beyond the written notes. Yet this is the balancing act these musicians perform, and even though they seem to rely on classical discipline, they play with the tone colors and syncopated rhythms of jazz in appealing and inventive ways. They are sure to win many fans with this engaging 2015 release.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2015
Label: Coviello Classics
UPC: 4039956915102
catalogNumber: 91510
Rank: 17829


  1. Overture to Candide
  2. Aragon
  3. Granada
  4. Asturias
  5. Blues for Gilbert
  6. Lilting
  7. Grazioso
  8. Hard Edged
  9. Rhapsody in Blue

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Chamber Quartet   Primary Artist,Ensemble

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Isaac Albéniz   Composer
Mark Glentworth   Composer
Hans-Jörg Maucksch   Recording Producer
Allen Shawn   Composer
Moritz Bergfeld   Producer
Regina Eimler   Art Direction
Charlie Harmon   Arranger
Michael Schäfer   Liner Notes
Katja Seebohm   Liner Note Translation
Olaf Mielke   Producer
Blue Chamber Quartet   Producer
Thomas Schindl   Arranger
Cordi Vilaprinyó   Arranger

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