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Oscar Levant Plays Gershwin

Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Cbs Masterworks Catalog #: 42514   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Gershwin
Performer:  Oscar Levant
Conductor:  Eugene OrmandyMorton GouldAndre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia OrchestraMorton Gould OrchestraNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Works on This Recording

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Oscar Levant (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra no 2 "Rhapsody in Rivets" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Oscar Levant (Piano)
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin
Performer:  Oscar Levant (Piano)
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra by George Gershwin
Performer:  Oscar Levant (Piano)
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Oscar Levant (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Best that ever was! May 25, 2013 By Robert Michonski (Cypress, TX) See All My Reviews "The first time I saw Oscar Levant he was a shriveled little man who was a recovering heroin addict. He was a being interviewed by Alexander King and despite the ticks he had acquired, it was obvious he was very intelligent and perceptive. It wasn't until years later that I became aware that he had had a big career in MGM musicals and even wrote an Opera for "Charlie Chan at the Opera." He knew Gershwin and became the foremost interpreter of his music. This recording bears this out. Many have played these tunes, but nobody with his feel and panache. The concertos are very different when he plays them. The only negative about this recording is that it is a rerelease of a monoral record. This makes the sound thin and kind of hollow. It is a sad fate for such a great performance." Report Abuse
 A Forgotten Artist June 30, 2012 By Gary Duncan (Boston, MA) See All My Reviews "Perhaps people older than I can remember Oscar Levant as a great pianist. I did not. I remember him as a sometimes guest of the late Jack Paar, in the years Paar did the Tonight show as a show that showcased guests who could really carry out interesting conversations.Paar of course was expert at eliciting this.No one since has ever come close on the network scale of Paar. But Levant was one of those guests and Paar was after his wit, stories, and would plead that he play which he did in brief outbursts of brilliance. But for whatever reason, the power of prolonged concentration, which this recording shows he once could do, in the 1960's he no longer could. CBS is to be commended in storing this brilliant artist for a much later time, like now.Levant was an intimate of Gershwin and his interpretation of several of Gershwin's greatest pieces is a jewel, played with three of the great orchestras of the era. This is a wonderful item to add to any classical collection. Levant is rarely played these days, forgotten. Given this CD that should change." Report Abuse
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