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GERSHWIN, George: Gershwin Plays Gershwin (1919-1931)

Composer(s):Gershwin, George
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Nostalgia
Category Nostalgia
Catalogue 8.120510
Label Naxos Nostalgia
Quality   320kbps
 
 
 

   




Review By Michael Anthony,StarTribune,May 2001

"Conductor Erich Leinsdorf once said that tempos in the performance of orchestral music grew slower as the 20th century progressed. Listening to Gershwin Plays Gershwin, recordings made in the 1920s, one would have to add that songs and piano pieces have slowed down, too.

'Contrast the glacial pacing of most singers today in 'Someone to Watch Over Me' with the composer's own version on piano recorded in 1926: It's a dance tune, and it really swings. Equally intriguing is Gershwin's up-tempo reading of the lyrical Second Prelude.

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Review By Olin Chism,The Dallas Morning News,February 2001

"The performances are happy, playful and highly informal, though Gershwin occasionally inserts harmonic digressions that hint at more developed musical tastes. Here finally, the composer seems to be giving his approval to the more slickly sophisticated, symphonic Gershwin of today."








 

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