Simon Rattle’s Tribute To The Jazz Age

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Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Rhapsody in Blue [Original Version, arr. Ferde Grofé]
La Création du monde
Ebony Concerto

“After you’ve gone”
“Nobody’s Sweetheart”
“Sweet Sue”
“Makin’ Whoopee!”
“My Blue Heaven”

Reviewed by: Paul Cherry

Reviewed: June 2007
CD No: EMI 3 88680 2
Duration: 74 minutes

A super, super recording! The ‘jazz’ of Milhaud and Stravinsky pushed boundaries, so too did Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for Paul Whiteman, especially in this spunky original version. The ‘standards’ are foot-tapping and gloriously sentimental. The performers let their hair down and have a ball. The playing is just great – brilliant banjo! – and Bernstein’s scintillating piece is the perfect close.

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