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Inspiring and Evocative,
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This review is from: Gershwin: Greatest Classical Hits - Rhapsody in Blue (Audio CD)
Is there anything new under the sun? Considering how predictable and hackneyed much of today's music must seem to the jaded ear it's a question I have asked myself many times. Those of us who were around during the days of Beatlemania will know how exciting it is to hear new and original music. Concertgoers also felt the same sense of excitement in the 1920's when they heard Rhapsody in Blue for the very first time; its performance received a standing ovation from an audience jaded by many of the mediocre musical offerings of the day. The piece is an inspired example of how European orchestral harmonies were successfully combined with the blues scale to create something fresh and unique at the time. I first heard Rhapsody in Blue when a teenager. A friend loaned me a 12-inch vinyl recording and when I played it the hairs on my neck stood up. From the clarinet glissando at the beginning to the ascending trombone passages near the end Rhapsody in Blue is sheer bliss and evokes the Art Deco period perfectly. This particular CD also features other pieces by Gershwin, such as `An American in Paris' etc. and therefore is great value for money. But if the only piece you ever listen to on this CD is Rhapsody in Blue then your money will have been well spent.
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Initial post: 10 Feb 2013 17:35:19 GMT
T. S. C. says:
What a really good review! I've loved hearing Rhapsody in Blue for years when it pops up on the odd documentary about Gershwin or just on a film score or advert, but never bought it. You're review has clinched it for me; as well as this, you get a load of other stuff as well; it's a no-brainer as they say!
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013 08:08:14 GMT
I don't tend to check my reviews very often and have just noticed your comment. Thank you very much for your kind words and I'm pleased you enjoy the music.
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