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The Gershwin Moment / Gerstein


Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Myrios Classics   Catalog #: 22  
Composer:  George GershwinEarl WildOscar Levant
Performer:  Kirill GersteinGary BurtonStorm Large
Conductor:  David Robertson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



A Gershwin Moment is upon us: Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F — not so long ago marginalized repertoire in limbo between classical and popular genres — are now, unapologetically, concert staples.

George Gershwin is finally recognized as an early harbinger of musical synergies that we now take for granted. No longer viewed as an "inspired dilettante,” betwixt and between, the new Gershwin is a confident master, versatile and visionary.

In this album recorded live, pianist Kirill Gerstein explores the music of George Gershwin. Together with conductor David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony he plays the Concerto in F as well as
Read more the original jazz band version of the Rhapsody in Blue. Program also includes a selection of Gershwin songs in solo piano arrangements by the American pianist Earl Wild. The album features Gerstein’s collaboration with two special guests: vocalist Storm Large sings Gershwin’s “Summertime”. Together with the legendary jazz vibraphonist, Gary Burton, Gerstein plays a jazz standard “Blame It on My Youth” written by Gershwin’s close friend, Oscar Levant.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer:  Kirill Gerstein (Piano)
Conductor:  David Robertson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
2.
Virtuoso Etudes (7) after Gershwin: no 5, Somebody loves me by Earl Wild
Performer:  Kirill Gerstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950/1976; USA 
3.
Virtuoso Etudes (7) after Gershwin: no 1, I got rhythm by Earl Wild
Performer:  Kirill Gerstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950/1976; USA 
4.
Blame It on My Youth by Oscar Levant
Performer:  Kirill Gerstein (Piano), Gary Burton (Vibraphone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; United States 
5.
Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Kirill Gerstein (Piano), Storm Large (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
6.
Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin
Performer:  Kirill Gerstein (Piano)
Conductor:  David Robertson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
7.
Virtuoso Etudes (7) after Gershwin: no 4, Embraceable you by Earl Wild
Performer:  Kirill Gerstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950/1976; USA 

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