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Fascinating Rhythm - Gershwin: Piano Music / Brownridge


Release Date: 06/08/1999 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55006   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At last we have a long awaited replacement to Richard Rodney Bennett's (almost) identical EMI Gershwin collection (8/81—nla) which has been unavailable for some time now. I say almost identical for Angela Brownridge has included three bonus items new to the UK—the overtures to Girl Crazy and Lady, be Good! and a little-known piano arrangement of the ballet from Primrose, giving us a generous 19 minutes extra music.

Judging by the verve and pep with which she dispatches these pieces, Brownridge clearly has a great affection for this music. Eighteen of the 31 tracks comprise the ever popular Song-book, containing favourites such as: ''The man I love'', ''I got rhythm'', '''S wonderful'' and ''Do it again''. These marvellous
Read more little gems are thrown-off with a tremendous amount of aplomb and elan, and she clearly heeds Gershwin's cautionary remark to pianists about using too much sustaining pedal in this music, and achieves just the right amount of brittleness to the rhythms that Gershwin asks for. If it's possible to hear this disc before purchasing, try ''I got rhythm'' and ''Swanee'' and you'll see what I mean.

The highlights of the collection for me were her excellent readings of the three Preludes; the outer preludes are rhythmically incisive and deftly shaped and the central Andante is played with much poetry. Less successful I felt were the overtures, where at times she makes heavier weather of some of the 'big' tunes, and I felt that she could have made much more of that gorgeous tune ''Embraceable you'' in Girl Crazy, though it has to be said that both overtures are much more effective in their original scorings. Of the remaining items there's plenty to enjoy, from the early rag Rialto Ripples, co-written with Walter Donaldson, to the entertaining ''Promenade'' that originated as an interlude called ''Walking the Dog'' from Shall We Dance?, and taking in on the way such delightful and rarely heard miniatures as Merry Andrew, Two Waltzes and Impromptu in two Keys.

This disc is an ideal candidate for listeners who have a random play facility on their players and is a must for all Gershwin fans.

-- Michael Stewart, Gramophone [1/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rialto Ripples by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
2.
Waltzes (2) for Piano in C major by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; New York, USA 
3.
Capitol Revue: Swanee by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; New York, USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
4.
La La Lucille: Nobody but you by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
5.
Lady, be Good: The man I love by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
6.
George White's Scandals of 1922: I'll build a stairway to paradise by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
7.
French Doll: Do it again by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
8.
Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
9.
Lady, Be Good!: Oh, Lady be good by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
10.
George White's Scandals of 1924: Somebody loves me by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
11.
Tip-toes: Sweet and low-down by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; New York, USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
12.
Oh, Kay!: Clap yo' hands by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
13.
Oh, Kay!: Do, Do, Do by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
14.
Funny Face: My one and only by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
15.
Funny Face: 'S Wonderful by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
16.
Strike up the Band: Strike up the band by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927/1929; New York, USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
17.
Girl Crazy: I got rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
18.
Of Thee I Sing: Who cares? by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
19.
Tip-toes: That certain feeling by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; New York, USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
20.
Show Girl: Liza "All the clouds'll roll away" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin (1932) 
21.
Lady, be Good: Overture by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin 
22.
Impromptu for Piano in 2 keys by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1924; USA 
23.
Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
24.
Primrose: Ballet by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin 
25.
Three-quarter blues by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
26.
Shall We Dance: Promenade "Walking the dog" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin 
27.
Merry Andrew by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; New York, USA 
28.
Porgy and Bess: Jasbo Brown Blues by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
29.
Girl Crazy: Overture by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Notes: Transcribed: George Gershwin 
30.
George Gershwin's Songbook for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Angela Brownridge (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 

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