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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
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00002439G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,746 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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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F, Etc / Previn . Release Date: 03/09/1999 . Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century . Catalog #: 66891 . Spars Code: ADD . Composer: George Gershwin . Performer: André Previn, Gervase de Peyer . Conductor: André Previn . Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra . Number of Discs: 1 . Recorded in: Stereo . Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. Works on This Recording: 1. Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin Performer: André Previn (Piano), Gervase de Peyer (Clarinet) Conductor: André Previn Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra Period: 20th Century Written: 1924; USA Date of Recording: 06/1971 Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London Length: 14 Minutes 51 Secs. 2. An American in Paris by George Gershwin Conductor: André Previn Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra Period: 20th Century Written: 1928; USA Date of Recording: 06/1971 Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London Length: 18 Minutes 9 Secs. 3. Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin Performer: André Previn (Piano) Conductor: André Previn Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra Period: 20th Century Written: 1925; USA Date of Recording: 06/1971 Venue: EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London Length: 31 Minutes 55 Secs. REVIEW: "The performance of the Concerto was always a fine one by any standards, but now in the Rhapsody one senses many affinities with the famous Bernstein account. An American in Paris is exuberantly volatile..." -- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition]

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. B. Ager on 6 Feb. 2004
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2012
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Here André Previn plays and directs the London Symphony Orchestra in three works from 20th century America that are now in the standard classical repertoire: the orchestral score from 1928 that inspired the 1951 film on the same theme of An American in Paris; and two works for piano and orchestra - the First Rhapsody or Rhapsody in Blue and the Piano Concerto in F Major. Rhapsody in Blue was composed by Gershwin in 1924 under a commission from Paul Whiteman for his all-white band to play but it had to be orchestrated by Whiteman's pianist, Ferde Grofe. By the time Gershwin came to write the piano concerto the following year he had learned enough about orchestration to be able to do the job himself. Even when playing the classics, Previn seems to inject some magic from his role as jazz pianist in the light and shade of his performances. Much as I enjoy Oscar Levant's performances of these pieces in mono, my first choice for performance would have to be for Previn as soloist and conductor.
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By Christopher W. Brierley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guy I Hoffman on 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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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Shaolin_monkey on 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hemsworth on 28 Aug. 2012
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The very high standard of playing and recording on this disc is a recommendation - but if you want an orchestral version of the Rhapsody in Blue without cuts this will not be for you. Gershwin seems to have authorised a few cuts, but Previn appears to make one (very big) one of his own. The piece is relatively short and it is a shame to present it with totally unannounced cuts - hence the two stars.
For anyone wanting the orchestral version of the Rhapsody played in its entirety, the recording by Eugene Ormandy is highly recommendable.
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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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By Mrs D. Millington on 19 July 2014
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Wonderful, euphoric recording. A joy to listen to.
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