I've been on the lookout for a decent rendition of Gershwin's orchestral works for ages, as my previous taped version went the way of the dodo. I thought with Previn in charge of the LSO, I was on to a winner with this CD. Not so unfortunately.
First things first - the LSO is absolutely superb, subtle, pinpoint accuracy, played with gusto and feeling. An absolutely stellar performance.
Unfortunately not Previn. For want of a better word, he seems ham-fisted. He hammers those keys as if he's trying to break the piano. While fast and technically competent, there's no feeling or subtlety at all. I've heard a few renditions of Rhapsody in Blue, played by pianists of varying standard, and while not all technically perfect, the lack there was far surpassed by the colour of their playing. Poor old Previn misses the mark in this respect, and then some.
However, it definitely isn't a total write off, hence the three stars. As an introduction to the works of Gershwin, this CD does push some of the right buttons. If only there had been a pianist up to the same standard as the LSO.