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GERSHWIN, G.: Piano Concerto / Second Rhapsody / I Got Rhythm Variations (Weiss, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

Composer(s):Gershwin, George
Artist(s) Falletta, JoAnn, Conductor • Buffalo Philharmonic OrchestraWeiss, Orion, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559705
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
FLAC
USD 7.99
 

 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


George Gershwin’s Concerto in F was a response to demands for a ‘proper concerto’ after the success of Rhapsody in Blue, avoiding programmatic content while providing a feast of tunes both uplifting and nostalgic. Originally intended as music for a film, his up-beat Rhapsody No 2 describes the bustling Manhattan cityscape while under construction. Sourced from his hit musical Girl Crazy, I Got Rhythm Variations was Gershwin’s last full score. Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and collaborators of his generation of young American musicians.


   




Review By Christophe Huss,ClassicsTodayFrance.com,June 2012

Excellent disque Naxos, avec un programme judicieux, évitant d’ajouter au catalogue une nouvelle Rhapsody in Blue. Le pianiste en est un protégé d’Emanuel Ax, qui cultive une complicité goguenarde avec la chef JoAnn Falletta.

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Review By Scherzo,June 2012


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Review By Record Geijutsu,May 2012


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Review By SteveHoltje,Culture Catch,April 2012

if you’re in the market for an inexpensive alternative reading in excellent sound, rising star Weiss and company are worth hearing, and the other two items here, also for piano and orchestra, make for a more interesting program than the usual Rhapsody in Blue pairing. The Rhapsody No. 2 deserves to be better known; it is a colorful celebration of New York, and gets a joyously sensual reading here. The variations on his most famous tune make a scintillating conclusion. As for Weiss and Falletta’s take on the concerto, its jazz elements sound completely natural (never a given), with rhythms sharp and lively, and the languid aspects are played up deliciously in a more tender reading than the norm…As Weiss shape the concerto, it’s a major work of

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Review By Infodad.com,March 2012

Orion Weiss…plays with vivacity and power, and the Buffalo Philharmonic under JoAnn Falletta backs him up with altogether infectious enthusiasm. …the brightest and bounciest performance here is the “I Got Rhythm” Variations…: they simply sound as if they are having more fun. The whole CD is fun…a showcase for music whose modern sensibilities blend beautifully with classical models to produce a highly listenable and thoroughly enjoyable experience. © 2012 Infodad.com Read complete review



Review By Infodad.com,March 2012

Orion Weiss…plays with vivacity and power, and the Buffalo Philharmonic under JoAnn Falletta backs him up with altogether infectious enthusiasm. …the brightest and bounciest performance here is the “I Got Rhythm” Variations…: they simply sound as if they are having more fun. The whole CD is fun…a showcase for music whose modern sensibilities blend beautifully with classical models to produce a highly listenable and thoroughly enjoyable experience. © 2012 Infodad.com Read complete review



Review By David Hurwitz,ClassicsToday.com,February 2012

the Second Rhapsody, a splendid, neglected work…is very well played and conducted by the team of Orion Weiss and JoAnn Falletta, and comes across as a work of impressive brilliance and depth. The same goes for the Variations, given a bold, gutsy performance with plenty of pizzazz.

The disc is also very well recorded and sounds quite impressive in both regular stereo and Blu-ray versions. A very pleasant surprise. © 2012 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



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