Gershwin: Cuban Overture; Rhapsody in Blue; Piano Concerto in F

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COMPOSERS: Gershwin
LABELS: Virgin
WORKS: Cuban Overture; Rhapsody in Blue; Piano Concerto in F
PERFORMER: Minnesota Orchestra/Edo de Waart. Wayne Marshall (piano)City of London Sinfonia/ Richard Hickox. Andrew Litton (piano)Bournemouth SO/Litton
CATALOGUE NO: VJ 7 59693-2 DDD (1989-92)
There are discs aplenty coupling Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Piano Concerto, including, currently, three more which offer the punchier original jazzband version of the former. Marshall, however, is an almost ideal soloist in the Rhapsody – vivid and hard-hitting, but also lyrical when required – and Hickox and the CLS provide surprisingly stylish accompaniment. Litton and his Bournemouth Orchestra, in a less vivid recording, don’t mix the ingredients quite so well; the Minnesotans’ Cuban Overture is an entertaining filler.Keith Potter

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