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Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Gershwin


Release Date: 05/27/2016 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88875170082   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Gershwin
Performer:  Garrick OhlssonAudra McDonaldBrian Stokes MitchellMichael Tilson Thomas,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony OrchestraColumbia Jazz BandNew York Philharmonic,   ... 
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Including favorites like “An American In Paris,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” and selections from Porgy and Bess, this seven-disc set contains some of George Gershwin’s best work. Michael Tilson Thomas (b. 1944) is the music director of the San Francisco Symphony as well as the artistic director of the New World Symphony Orchestra.

“Michael Tilson Thomas’s long association with the music of George Gershwin results in performances so idiomatic they could be categorized as (almost) definitive... Thomas not only reveals Gershwin’s compositional genius but also wonderfully captures the composer’s trademark playful swagger.” (BBC Music Magazine)
Including favorites like “An American In Paris,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” and selections from Porgy and Bess, this seven-disc set contains some of George Gershwin’s best work. Michael Tilson Thomas (b. 1944) is the music director of the San Francisco Symphony as well as the artistic director of the New World Symphony Orchestra.

“Michael Tilson Thomas’s long association with the music of George Gershwin results in performances so idiomatic they could be categorized as (almost) definitive... Thomas not only reveals Gershwin’s compositional genius but also wonderfully captures the composer’s trademark playful swagger.” (BBC Music Magazine)
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Works on This Recording

1.
An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
2.
Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
3.
Porgy and Bess: Suite "Catfish Row" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Audra McDonald (Soprano), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Baritone)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
4.
Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra no 2 "Rhapsody in Rivets" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
5.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  George Gershwin (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
6.
An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
7.
Oh, Kay!: Overture by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
8.
Funny Face: Overture by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
9.
Girl Crazy: Overture by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
10.
Strike up the Band: Overture by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927/1929; New York, USA 
11.
Of Thee I Sing: Overture by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
12.
Let 'em Eat Cake: Overture by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
13.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano), Lorin Levee (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
14.
Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
15.
Short Story by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
16.
Piece for Violin by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
17.
Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra no 2 "Rhapsody in Rivets" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
18.
For Lily Pons by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
19.
Sleepless Night "Melody no 17" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
20.
Shall We Dance: Promenade "Walking the dog" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; USA 
21.
Of Thee I Sing by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
22.
Let 'em Eat Cake by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
23.
Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
24.
Porgy and Bess: It ain't necessarily so by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
25.
Porgy and Bess: I loves you, Porgy by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
26.
Girl Crazy: But not for me by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
27.
Goldwyn Follies: Love is here to stay by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
28.
Girl Crazy: Embraceable you by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
29.
Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch over me by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
30.
Tip-toes: Sweet and low-down by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; New York, USA 
31.
Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
32.
French Doll: Do it again by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
33.
Porgy and Bess: My man's gone now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
34.
Lady, be Good: The man I love by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
35.
Damsel in Distress: Nice work if you can get it by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
36.
Shall We Dance: They can't take that away from me by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; USA 
37.
Funny Face: 'S Wonderful by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
38.
Capitol Revue: Swanee by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; New York, USA 
39.
Strike up the Band: Strike up the band by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927/1929; New York, USA 
40.
Treasure Girl: I've got a crush on you by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; New York, USA 
41.
Damsel in Distress: A foggy day by George Gershwin
Performer:  Sarah Vaughan (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Superb, exciting performances January 10, 2017 By Julian Kerrell-Vaughan (SAI KUNG, Hong Kong) See All My Reviews "I have always enjoyed listening to Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. The works in this spectacularly-priced boxed set are no exception. Thrilling, exciting and spirit-lifting performances...just as one would expect! Bravo Maestro!" Report Abuse
 Too much musicals December 13, 2016 By Gregory  Carlson (Marshall, VA) See All My Reviews "I should have known better since Gershwin made most of his money writing musicals, but the descriptions on the web site indicated piano and orchestra for most of the selections. It is well done but just not my cup of tea." Report Abuse
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