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Gershwin - Orchestral Works / Wild, Fiedler, Boston Pops


Release Date: 10/23/2001 
Label:  Rca 24/96 Sound Dimension Catalog #: 68019   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George Gershwin
Performer:  Pasquale CardilloEarl Wild
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There's not much to add to previous critical praise for this classic recording. Earl Wild is every bit as much inside Gershwin's idiom as was Oscar Levant, and Wild is a far finer pianist. Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops could play this music blindfolded, evidenced by their precise but never stiff rhythms and lively tempos. The finale of the Concerto in F never has sounded jazzier or more exciting, and Fiedler's swift stroll through Paris conveys far more of the music's cinematic color and energy than most other performances--only Bernstein and Tilson Thomas, both on Sony, manage as well. It's also great to hear Rhapsody in Blue in its long version; yes, it's repetitious this way, but with tunes like that, who cares? RCA's re-remastered Read more sound adds little if anything to the already excellent Living Stereo edition released just a few years ago. Simply the best. [3/5/2002]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Pasquale Cardillo (Clarinet), Earl Wild (Piano)
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 1959 
2.
An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
Date of Recording: 1959 
3.
Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
Date of Recording: 1961 
4.
Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra by George Gershwin
Performer:  Earl Wild (Piano)
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 1961 

Sound Samples

Rhapsody in Blue
Allegro
Adagio; Andante con moto
Allegro agitato
An American in Paris
Variations on "I Got Rhythm"

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