Gershwin/Sousa

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COMPOSERS: Gershwin/Sousa
LABELS: Mercury Living Presence
WORKS: Piano Concerto in F; Rhapsody in Blue; Cuban Overture; The Stars and Stripes Forever
PERFORMER: Eugene List (piano)Eastman-Rochester Orchestra/ Howard Hanson
CATALOGUE NO: 434 341-2 ADD (1957-62)
The chemistry between pianist, Eugene List, and the gifted young players of the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra here produces compelling results. The catalogue is already bulging with excellent recordings of Rhapsody in Blue, including those played by Gershwin himself. However, performances as sinuous and stylish as this one are always welcome. Gershwin’s F major Piano Concerto was his most ambitious symphonic project, and, as with the exotic Cuban Overture, the present recording brings the composer’s colourful orchestration vividly to life. A rousing performance of Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever completes this exceptionally engaging programme. Nicholas Rast

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