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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Concerto in F; An Amer&hellip ~ George Gershwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Gershwin, 12 Jan 2014
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… Read more
Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev - Piano Concertos ~ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev - Piano Concertos ~ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Jon Kimura Parker and Andre Previn's recording of Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with the RPO is a very special disc for me. I've never tired of listening to it since I was in my teens in the late 80s. It's a recording which realises the full potential and beauty of the music.
Some would argue, as with Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto, that the composer's own recording shows the true spirit of the music - i.e. speedy, straightforward and less romanticised. But through Parker and Previn's beautifully recorded and exceptionally well balanced interpretation Prokofiev's 3rd emerges as the perfect piano concerto. It has everything - classicism, yearning romanticism and brilliant… Read more
Thomas Fats Waller: The Great Solos, 1929-1937 by Paul Posnak
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I've flicked through the sample of African Ripples and I'm sorry to say these transcriptions are inaccurate with poor chord voicings. Even considering any `tidying up' (it's a matter of opinion which `wrong notes' should be omitted) it's not good. Pick a page at random - Page 10 - last bar of the second line, both chords incorrect in right hand, missing an E and B flat respectively, the left hand on beat 3 is not what's happening, anyone can hear the lowest note hit is a D. 6 bars later on beat 3 there's a low D missing. And so on. If the point of this book is to see literally what Fats Waller plays then don't waste your money and encourage authors who present shoddy work and get paid… Read more

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