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Gershwin: An American in Paris & Concerto in F / Mayorga, Richman, Harmonie Ensemble New York


Release Date: 08/26/2016 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907658  
Composer:  George Gershwin
Performer:  Lincoln Mayorga
Conductor:  Steven Richman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble New York
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Working from Gershwin’s original manuscripts, Steven Richman and the Harmonie Ensemble/New York recapture the lean, unsentimental style the composer intended for 'An American in Paris' and 'Concerto in F', here featuring Lincoln Mayorga as the piano soloist. Also included are the first recordings of the Overture to 'Of Thee I Sing' (radio version) and Roy Bargy’s orchestration of the 'Three Preludes' [pianist and arranger with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra]. Lincoln Mayorga was staff pianist for Walt Disney Studios and composed music for the TV show ‘Fame’. He has recorded works by Chopin, Brahms, and Prokofiev, as well as songs by Gershwin and Kern with the late Marnie Nixon. He was also soloist on the 'Gershwin by Grofé' and Read more 'Symphonic Jazz: Grofé and Gershwin', which included the premiere recording of Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody as arranged by Ferde Grofé.

The Concerto in F hasn’t sounded so fresh, so idiomatic and so rhythmically alive since Earl Wild’s classic RCA recording, no small thanks to piano soloist Lincoln Mayorga’s ability to fuse his brilliant classical technique with a genuine feeling for Gershwin’s syncopated language and bluesy inflections … No Gershwin fan should miss this disc.

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Works on This Recording

1.
An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Steven Richman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble New York
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
2.
Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin
Performer:  Lincoln Mayorga (Piano)
Conductor:  Steven Richman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble New York
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
3.
Preludes (3) for Piano by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Steven Richman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble New York
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
4.
Of Thee I Sing: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Steven Richman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble New York
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 

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