Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & An American in Paris
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel, Eugene List & George Gershwin
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||Rhapsody in Blue||Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel & Eugene List||16:32||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||An American in Paris||Cincinnati Pops Orchestra & Erich Kunzel||17:19||Album Only||View in iTunes|
George Gershwin is easily one of the greatest and most beloved modern-day composers that America has ever produced. The two pieces on this album, "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris" are indeed two of his greatest compositions, and have been recorded by countless orchestras. Why, then, should a recording by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra be regarded as special? First of all, the performance is spectacular — all of the dynamics and textures in Gershwin's two greatest "hits" are brought to the fore here. Also, conductor Eugene List pulls out all the stops, putting together one of the finest arrangements ever of these classics. But that's not all that's appealing about this record. Cut in 1981, the versions contained here are possibly the first digital recordings ever done of Gershwin's work. Even at this early stage of digital recording, the results are spectacular, and serve the grandeur of George Gershwin's talent. Awesome.
Formed: 1977 in Cincinnati, OH
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s