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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Concerto in F; An American in Paris

George Gershwin , London Symphony Orchestra , André Previn Audio CD
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  • Performer: André Previn
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Composer: George Gershwin
  • Audio CD (5 Oct 1998)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Great Recordings of the Century
  • ASIN: B00002439G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Rhapsody in BlueAndré Previn14:58Album Only
Listen  2. An American in Paris (1998 - Remaster)André Previn/London Symphony Orchestra18:17Album Only
Listen  3. Concerto in F (1998 - Remaster): I. AllegroAndré Previn/London Symphony Orchestra12:53Album Only
Listen  4. Concerto in F (1998 - Remaster): II. Adagio - Andante con motoAndré Previn/London Symphony Orchestra12:25Album Only
Listen  5. Concerto in F (1998 - Remaster): III. Allegro agitatoAndré Previn/London Symphony Orchestra 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This CD really does live up to its label of Great Recordings of the Century.
Dating from the mid 1970s it is a shamelessly sumptuous collection of Gershwin's three most popular concert pieces, performed by what was then arguably the world's most popular, certainly most charismatic, orchestra and conductor.
The recording quality, pre-digital age, was both warm and dynamic, and from the first soaring note of the clarinet of the rhapsody to the final climactic chord of the piano concerto it had this listener, who up until then had been completely impervious to anything more classical than Cliff Richard, enthralled.
The same holds true today. I've heard many other versions of these pieces, and while all have their merits nothing beats this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The geniusthat was Gershwin 17 Mar 2014
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I bought the LP when it was first released: loved it then; love it now. The American dream that was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Gershwin 12 Jan 2014
By S. Law
Format:Audio CD
Andre Previn's LSO Gershwin disc from EMI is a classic. It may be the greatest recording of these works. The Concerto in F has an atmosphere unlike any other recording I've heard. The slow movement in particular is truly magical. An American in Paris is given a similarly powerful performance. Although Mr. Previn makes some optional cuts in Rhapsody in Blue his panache coupled with the sumptuous recording and playing of the LSO sweep you away. Thanks to pioneering recordings like this there can be no doubt this unforgettable music belongs in the concert hall alongside the other great composers of the 20th Century. For anyone wanting to find a way into appreciating classical music this could be your ticket!
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD, BUT COULD BE BETTER 22 Dec 2013
By Christopher W. Brierley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I did have this on vinyl, but I stopped playing vinyl years ago, so decided to replace my LP's with CD's and that's how I came to own it. The performances are big, classical, despite the jazz roots of the conductor, the jazz is, well not very obvious. This is often the case, scores get bigger and modified, then become overblown with the excitement of the jazzy originals lost.
See ASIN: B000001GEK and my review for my recommendations of Gershwin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rhapsody in Blue 31 Oct 2013
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The Rhapsody in blue is great but cannot say that I am a great fan of An American in Paris
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ham-fisted Previn? 18 Feb 2010
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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.
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