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Gershwin: An American In Paris; Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

Gershwin / Grofe / Seattle Sym / Schwarz
Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571205   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George GershwinFerde Grofé
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An American in Paris is one of Gershwin’s most sumptuous and best-loved works. He called it ‘a rhapsodic ballet’ but denied any specific programme except in a ‘general impressionistic way’. The American visitor strolls, soaking up the city’s exuberance, suffering a pang of homesickness, and hearing the Parisian taxi horns—which Gershwin loved so much he brought some back to America with him. Meanwhile Ferde Grofé, who had orchestrated Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, evokes the glories of ravine, rock and cloudburst in his indelibly beautiful and exciting Grand Canyon Suite. An American in Paris is one of Gershwin’s most sumptuous and best-loved works. He called it ‘a rhapsodic ballet’ but denied any specific programme except in a ‘general impressionistic way’. The American visitor strolls, soaking up the city’s exuberance, suffering a pang of homesickness, and hearing the Parisian taxi horns—which Gershwin loved so much he brought some back to America with him. Meanwhile Ferde Grofé, who had orchestrated Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, evokes the glories of ravine, rock and cloudburst in his indelibly beautiful and exciting Grand Canyon Suite. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 21 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1990 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 33 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Sound Samples

An American in Paris
Grand Canyon Suite: I. Sunrise
Grand Canyon Suite: II. The Painted Desert
Grand Canyon Suite: III. On the Trail
Grand Canyon Suite: IV. Sunset
Grand Canyon Suite: V. Cloudburst

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