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Historic Gershwin Recordings


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grof) - Paul Whiteman Orchestra
    2. American in Paris, tone poem for orchestra, An - Victor Symphony Orchestra/George Gershwin
    3. Porgy and Bess, opera: Act 1. Lullaby (Summertime)
    4. Porgy and Bess, opera: Act 1. Summertime and Crap Game; A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
    5. Porgy and Bess, opera: Act 1. My Man's Gone Now
    6. Porgy and Bess, opera: Act 2. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' - George Gershwin
    7. Porgy and Bess, opera: Act 2. The Buzzard Song - George Gershwin
    8. Porgy and Bess, opera: Act 2. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
    9. Porgy and Bess, opera: Act 2. It Ain't Necessarily So - George Gershwin
    10. Porgy and Bess, opera: Act 2. Oh. Bess. Oh Where's My Bess? - George Gershwin
    11. Strike Up the Band, song (from Strike Up The Band; both versions) - The Boston Pops Orchestra/George Gershwin
    12. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grof) - Paul Whiteman Orchestra
    0. DISC 2:
    1. American in Paris, tone poem for orchestra, An - RCA Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein/George Gershwin
    2. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grof) - Morton Gould & His Orchestra/George Gershwin
    3. Preludes (3) for piano: Prelude No. 1 in B-flat - George Gershwin
    4. Preludes (3) for piano: Prelude No. 2 in C-sharp minor - George Gershwin
    5. Preludes (3) for piano: Prelude No. 3 in E-flat - George Gershwin
    6. Porgy and Bess, opera: Solo - George Gershwin
    7. Porgy and Bess, opera: Suite - Morton Gould & His Orchestra/George Gershwin
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 63276

  • Credits
    Producer
    EngineerMarian Conaty

    Lyricists: DuBose Heyward; Ira Gershwin.
    Personnel: Lawrence Tibbett (baritone); George Gershwin (piano, celesta); Morton Gould (piano).
    Liner Note Author: Edward Jablonski.
    Recording information: 1924-1955.
    Arrangers: Ferde Grof; Morton Gould .
    With three recordings of 'Rhapsody in Blue' and two of 'An American in Paris,' HISTORIC GERSHWIN RECORDINGS is hardly a collection to listen to in one sitting. It is, however, quite possibly one of the most important releases of the Gershwin centenary. Two of the 'Rhapsody in Blue' recordings feature Gershwin himself at the piano, and he plays the celesta solo for one of the 'American in Paris' tracks.
    The 'Porgy and Bess' excerpts are likewise significant, recorded days after the opera's 1935 premiere. That production's stars--Todd Duncan and Anne Brown--were replaced by singers from the Metropolitan Opera (at that time recorded by Victor). Aside from the Bernstein 'American in Paris' and the vintage Boston Pops 'Strike Up the Band,' the remainder of the recordings were made by Morton Gould, tireless champion of American music.
    Restored from Victor's masters, the early recordings don't stand up to modern ones, but they can't be asked to. These are historic documents--the 1924 'Rhapsody' was recorded before the invention of the electric microphone and abridged to fit on a single 12-inch record. The circumstances of the recordings, the performers, and the quality of the transfers justify this collection.

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