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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto, Etc / Botstein

Bebbington / Botstein / Royal Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/29/2016 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 260  
Composer:  George Gershwin
Performer:  Mark Bebbington
Conductor:  Leon Botstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Most widely known for his highly acclaimed recordings of British compositions, Mark Bebbington now takes on an all-American album, alongside Leon Botstein and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This two-disc set offers a fresh interpretation of some of George Gershwin’s evergreens, as well as a bonus disc which includes the first integral recording of Gershwin’s Eight Preludes for Piano Solo. Mark Bebbington’s music has gained him seven five-star reviews in a row from BBC Music Magazine. He brings interpretive splendor to this recording alongside Maestro Botstein, who is currently in his 23rd year as Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra.

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REVIEW:

The pianist brings a nice balance of
Read more swagger and thoughtfulness to this all-Gershwin program. His playing here is supported by some shapely and characterful wind playing.

– Guardian (U.K.) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin
Performer:  Mark Bebbington (Piano)
Conductor:  Leon Botstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
2.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Mark Bebbington (Piano)
Conductor:  Leon Botstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
3.
Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra by George Gershwin
Performer:  Mark Bebbington (Piano)
Conductor:  Leon Botstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
4.
Novelette in fourths by George Gershwin
Performer:  Mark Bebbington (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
5.
Rubato by George Gershwin
Performer:  Mark Bebbington (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
6.
Prelude for Piano in G minor by George Gershwin
Performer:  Mark Bebbington (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1925; USA 
7.
Sleepless Night "Melody no 17" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Mark Bebbington (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
8.
Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Performer:  Mark Bebbington (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
9.
Sleepless Night "Melody no 17" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Mark Bebbington (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Notes: Reconstructed by K. Swift 

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