Gershwin: Centennial Edition

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

Gershwin Centennial Edition
  • CAT # 80445-25

    DISC ONE  
    1. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue 18:07
    2. George Gershwin: Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra 15:16
    3. Gershwin: Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra: I. Allegro 13:28
    4. Gershwin: Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra: II. Adagio - Andante con moto 12:11
    5. Gershwin: Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra: III. Allegro agitato 7:09
    6. Gershwin: Variations on "I Got Rhythm" 9:08
    7. Gershwin: "Rialto Ripples" Rag 2:36
    DISC TWO  
    1. Gershwin: An American in Paris 17:20
    2. Gershwin: Cuban Overture 9:48
    3. Gershwin: Lullaby for Strings 8:49
    4. Walking The Dog 2:31
    5. Mexican Dance 4:12
    6. Gershwin: Catfish Row - Symphonic Suite from Porgy & Bess: I. Catfish Row 7:51
    7. Gershwin: Catfish Row - Symphonic Suite from Porgy & Bess: II. Porgy Sings 5:15
    8. Gershwin: Catfish Row - Symphonic Suite from Porgy & Bess: III. Fugue 2:04
    9. Gershwin: Catfish Row - Symphonic Suite from Porgy & Bess: IV. Hurricane 3:38
    10. Gershwin: Catfish Row - Symphonic Suite from Porgy & Bess: V. Good Morning, Sister 7:16
    11. O Land Of Mine, America 5:24

This two-CD collection is a compilation of Gershwin's orchestral works performed by the Cincinnati Pops under the baton of Erich Kunzel. It was recorded by Telarc over a sixteen-year period, beginning in 1981 with the recording of An American in Paris and ending with " O Land of Mine, America" recorded in 1997.

Erich Kunzel worked in cooperation with the Music Division of The Library of Congress to find the never-before-recorded "O Land of Mine, America," a work for chorus and orchestra written in 1919 as an entry in a magazine contest. The New York American offered a prize of $5,000 to the winning composer of an American anthem. Gershwin's entry (with lyrics by Michael E. Rourke of England) won honorable mention and a prize of $50.00.

The other previously unrecorded piece, Mexican Dance, is based on the song "Tamale (I'm Hot for You), " written in 1921. It was retitled by Gershwin when it was transcribed by Broadway orchestrator Frank Sadler.

The collection also includes the original Paul Whiteman version of Rhapsody in Blue.

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