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Gershwin: 'The Gershwin Moment'

Magazine article Gramophone

Gershwin: 'The Gershwin Moment'

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[G] Gershwin

'The Gershwin Moment' Gershwin Piano Concerto (a). Rhapsody in Blue (a). Summertime (b) Gershwin/Wild Virtuoso ftudes after Gershwin (c)--Embraceable you; I got rhythm; Somebody loves me Levant Blame it on my youth (d) Kirill Gersteinpf with (b) Storm Large voc (d) Gary Burton vibraphone (a) St Louis Symphony Orchestra / David Robertson Myrios (F) MYR022 (74' * DXD) Recorded live at the (d) Berklee Performance Center, Boston, March 30, 2012; (b) Williams Theatre, Kalamazoo, Ml, May 8, 2014; acPowell Hall, St Louis, MO, April 7-9, 2017

If most of Gershwin may be said to have entered the musical DNA of the United States almost as soon as the ink dried on the page, his music nevertheless has profited by recent scholarly scrutiny. Perhaps the most important cache of Gershwin materials, held at the Library of Congress, has revealed the extent to which Gershwin's original voice was blunted and tamed down in order to conform to what his well-meaning publishers considered 'acceptable'. The first-ever critical edition of the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin is now under way at the University of Michigan and a number of recordings, reflecting new attitudes towards the composer, including those of Steven Richman and Harmonie Ensemble/New York, have begun to appear. In terms of imaginative realisation, edgy stylishness and sheer opulence of sound, none outclass, in my opinion, this extraordinary new release by Kirill Gerstein with the St Louis Symphony under David Robertson, along with other artists. …

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