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Gershwin, Grofe, Bernstein / Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Columbia Symphony

Release Date: 09/30/2003 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 90393   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  George GershwinFerde GroféLeonard Bernstein
Performer:  Leonard BernsteinJohn Corigliano Sr.Benny Goodman
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony OrchestraNew York PhilharmonicColumbia Jazz Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This account of Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite is still one of the finest in the catalog. Considering the vintage, the sound – even with its implausibly wide stereo spread – is excellent. Bernstein’s cinematic characterization of the individual “scenes,” like the canyon itself, is a thing of beauty.

The Bernstein is a disc for the ages – here is American music, performed with mid-century flair, a moment never to be recaptured. Bernstein had an unparalleled “feel” for the Rhapsody in Blue, and in this recording he brought it all home, doing full justice to the still-fresh, racy, moody, spontaneous, evocative score. His performance of the solo has a smoky, sultry jazziness to it, along with a brash exuberance; there is
Read more touching tenderness in the lullaby, a riveting dynamism in the fast pages. As constituted for this recording, the Columbia Symphony consisted of some superb pickup players. On the “flip side,” An American in Paris gets a wonderfully energetic and bracing performance, one that strikes a deft balance between intimacy and grandeur. The old New York Philharmonic incandescence comes through in every bar. The sound has excellent presence and impact, although in the recording of the Rhapsody the violins lack bite, there is break-up in the extreme high range, and a sensation of “hole in the center” stereo. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Leonard Bernstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/23/1959 
Venue:  Hotel St. George, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 16 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Ferde Grofé 
An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/21/1958 
Venue:  Hotel St. George, Brooklyn, New York 
Length: 18 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé
Performer:  John Corigliano Sr. (Violin)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1963 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 
Length: 33 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Prelude, Fugue and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1955; USA 

Sound Samples

Rhapsody in Blue
An American in Paris
I. Sunrise
II. Painted Desert
III. On the Trail
IV. Sunset
V. Cloudburst
Prelude for the Brass
Fugue for the Saxes
Riffs for Everyone

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