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Gershwin - 100th Birthday Celebration / Tilson Thomas, Et Al


Release Date: 09/15/1998 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68931   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Gershwin
Performer:  Michael Tilson ThomasGarrick OhlssonAudra McDonaldBrian Stokes Mitchell
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Selections recorded July 2, 1997 and June 30, 1998.
For this 100th-birthday collection of the music of George Gershwin, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas combined Gershwin's own "Catfish Row" suite from 'Porgy and Bess'--rather than the better-known suite from the opera by Robert Russell Bennett--with four songs. It was this assemblage which Thomas performed at the 1998 gala opening concert of Carnegie Hall. With him on that evening, and in recording this program, were singers Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell, stars of the original production of the musical 'Ragtime' on Broadway.
The remainder of the collection provides an ample, well-performed selection of Gershwin's non-'Rhapsody in Blue' orchestral music. (For that
Read more 'Rhapsody' from Thomas, you'll need the album NEW WORLD JAZZ with the New World Symphony, also on RCA Victor.) Thomas and Garrick Ohlsson provide sparkling pianism for the 'Second Rhapsody' and 'Concerto in F' respectively, and the San Francisco Symphony is in fine form throughout. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Porgy and Bess: Suite "Catfish Row" by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
Length: 41 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: The timing of this selection includes the four songs from "Porgy and Bess," which are performed among the movements of the suite. 
2.
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 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
Length: 17 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
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 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
Length: 33 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
Length: 18 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5.
Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Audra McDonald (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is performed with the suite "Catfish Row," and is included in the timing for that work. 
6.
Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now 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: 1935; USA 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is performed with the suite "Catfish Row," and is included in the timing for that work. 
7.
Porgy and Bess: My man's gone now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Audra McDonald (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is performed with the suite "Catfish Row," and is included in the timing for that work. 
8.
Porgy and Bess: There's a boat dat's leavin' soon for New York by George Gershwin
Performer:  Brian Stokes Mitchell (Baritone)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
Language: English 
Notes: This work is performed with the suite "Catfish Row, and is included in the timing for that work. 

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