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Gershwin: Porgy & Bess Suite / Lethiec, Gallois


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570939   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Gershwin
Performer:  Michel Lethiec
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris deservedly rank among George Gershwin’s most popular works, while in his Three Preludes for piano and Piano Concerto the composer’s love of jazz, popular and classical music also find spirited expression. Frank Villard’s sparkling arrangements for clarinet and strings give legendary numbers including "Summertime," "I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’" or "It Ain’t Necessarily So" a new voice, accentuate their jazz flavor or add new timbres to Gershwin’s unforgettable music for the stage and concert hall. Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris deservedly rank among George Gershwin’s most popular works, while in his Three Preludes for piano and Piano Concerto the composer’s love of jazz, popular and classical music also find spirited expression. Frank Villard’s sparkling arrangements for clarinet and strings give legendary numbers including "Summertime," "I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’" or "It Ain’t Necessarily So" a new voice, accentuate their jazz flavor or add new timbres to Gershwin’s unforgettable music for the stage and concert hall. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Porgy and Bess: Suite by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michel Lethiec (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
2. Concerto for Piano in F major: 2nd movement, Adagio - Andante con moto by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michel Lethiec (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
3. An American in Paris: Excerpt(s) by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michel Lethiec (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
4. Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michel Lethiec (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 

Sound Samples

Porgy and Bess Suite (arr. F. Villard for clarinet and strings): I. -
Porgy and Bess Suite (arr. F. Villard for clarinet and strings): II. -
Porgy and Bess Suite (arr. F. Villard for clarinet and strings): III. -
Porgy and Bess Suite (arr. F. Villard for clarinet and strings): IV. -
Porgy and Bess Suite (arr. F. Villard for clarinet and strings): V. -
Piano Concerto in F major: II. Andante con moto (arr. F. Villard for clarinet and strings)
An American in Paris (excerpt) (arr. F. Villard for clarinet and strings)
3 Preludes (arr. F. Villard for clarinet and strings): No. 1 in B flat major
3 Preludes (arr. F. Villard for clarinet and strings): No. 2 in C sharp minor
3 Preludes (arr. F. Villard for clarinet and strings): No. 3 in E flat major

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