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Historic Gershwin Recordings


Release Date: 10/13/1998 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63276   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Gershwin
Performer:  Morton GouldLawrence TibbettHelen Jepson
Conductor:  Morton GouldLeonard BernsteinAlexander SmallensArthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould OrchestraRCA Victor Symphony OrchestraOrchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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
Read more 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. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Morton Gould (Piano)
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/09/1955 
Length: 16 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Ferde Grofé
This is an abridged recording of "Rhapsody in Blue". 
2. An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/21/1949 
Length: 17 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3. Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone), Helen Jepson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Smallens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/14/1935 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "A woman is a sometime
thing." 
4. Porgy and Bess: My man's gone now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Helen Jepson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Smallens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/30/1935 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Porgy and Bess: I got plenty o' nuttin' by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alexander Smallens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Written: 1935 
Date of Recording: 10/14/1935 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. Porgy and Bess: Buzzard Song by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alexander Smallens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/14/1935 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. Porgy and Bess: It ain't necessarily so by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alexander Smallens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/23/1935 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. Porgy and Bess: Oh Bess, where's my Bess? by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alexander Smallens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/23/1935 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. Porgy and Bess: A woman is a sometime thing by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone), Helen Jepson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Smallens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/14/1935 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Summertime." 
10. Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett (Baritone), Helen Jepson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alexander Smallens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/14/1935 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. Porgy and Bess: Suite by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/06/1955 
Length: 29 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Morton Gould 
12. Strike up the Band: Strike up the band by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927/1929; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 07/03/1935 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
13. Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Morton Gould (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/09/1955 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
14. Porgy and Bess: Jasbo Brown Blues by George Gershwin
Performer:  Morton Gould (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/09/1955 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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