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Gershwin: I Got Rhythm (Piano Concerto In F/ Rhapsody In Blue/ Second Rhapsody) (Freddy Kempf/ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/ Andrew Litton) (BIS: BISSACD1940) [SACD]

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  • Audio CD (30 July 2012)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B0080E254C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto in F - Freddy Kempf/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
2. Rhapsody in Blue (original jazz band version, orch. Ferde Grofé) - Freddy Kempf/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
3. Second Rhapsody for piano and orchestra (in the original 1931 orchestration by the composer) Variations on I Got Rhythm - Freddy Kempf/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

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Freddy Kempf and Andrew Litton with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra here join forces to present a disc of works by George Gershwin. Rhapsody in Blue was originally arranged by Ferde Grofé for jazz band before being orchestrated for symphony orchestra. Here Kempf and the Bergen Philharmonic play this original version. Concerto in F was a commission for Gershwin to write a proper piano concerto, but still takes the rhythms, melodic structures and bluesy harmonies of popular music. The disc is completed by Gershwins two remaining works for piano and orchestra, the Second Rhapsody and Variations on I Got Rhythm


His playing… combines dazzling articulation with a feeling for jazz rhythms and big Broadway-style turns… this is still a highly recommendable disc, featuring state-of-the-art recorded sound, and the option to listen in surround. --Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine

Freddy Kempf is totally efficient and well balanced in this recording, and in the finale his repeated-note panache is breathtaking, threatening to come unstuck - but it never does. --Peter Dickinson, Gramophone

Kempf is consistently imaginative, attentive to details, technically adroit and emotionally committed. Andrew Litton, an excellent Gershwin pianist in his own right, conducts with tremendous character; and, aided by superior engineering, the disc shows us felicities of orchestration in particular in the woodwind commentaries, that usually get buried. --Peter J. Rabinowitz, International Record Review

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhapsodic rhythms 5 Sep 2012
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I just had to have a copy of this set of Gershwin pieces after hearing it on BBC Radio 3s CD review! It is a fresh and revealing performance with enough raw edges to make it feel just right.

As usual with BIS the recording is up to the performance giving it focus, depth and life enhancing energy.If you are fortunate enough to have SACD playback and a good sound system then you will be overjoyed by immersion in this fantastic, fun, sound experience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! 21 Jun 2012
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This is an absolutely superb performance of the piano concerto - full of swing and the recording is excellent.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top rank Gershwin. 3 Aug 2012
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This SACD recording by Bis is another proof their ability to deliver the goods - and how...!
The Bis recording with Freddy Kempe at the piano and Andre Litton conducting the Bergen Philharmonic, stands a formidable competition from another SACD, namely, the RCA Living-Stereo with Earl Wild at the piano and Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops.

The RCA's Rhapsody in Blue, recorded 1959, the Concerto in F & Variations on I got Rhythm, recorded 1961 (the RCA SACD was originally recorded with just few well placed omnidirectional microphones and used tube gear all over). The RCA SACD has only the front channel information while the Bis (2011 recording) has the front and the surround channels information.

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RCA's Earl Wild has found his match with Freddy Kempe on this Bis recording; while Earl Wild has a formidable technical skills and power, the competition winner, Fredy Kempe, has an even more limpid technical skills and overall a greater power of expression and nuances thrown at the listener that (audible) comes all the way through with this Bis modern recording technique. The piano here has some sort of lucidity, decay time captured and an audio expression tone of the "Steinway" piano that the older RCA can not match. Also, the balance between the piano and the orchestra on this Bis recording is quite natural where the piano has sorts of 3-D and is not thrown in your face.

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Litton's baton has more 'surprises' for us behind every corner or the score (in a manner of speaking) that makes the listening to the Boston Pops (polished playing) something of a more established 'traditional-viewing' of the score (a feature also prominent with the Previn reading of these works).
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