Historic recordings made between 1924-1938, featuring the great man himself on piano. Includes the first recording of ‘Rhapsody in Blue, with Paul Whiteman & His Concert Orchestra.
Of his Second Rhapsody, Gershwin declared “In many respects, such as orchestration and form, it is the best thing I’ve written”.
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Very few composers have achieved instant celebrity to anything like the degree that George Gershwin enjoyed following the overnight success of the first performance of his Rhapsody In Blue on 12 February 1924 but then the concert to which it provided the grand finale was an event in itself. Paul Whiteman, one of New York’s foremost bandleaders had hired the Aeolian Hall for what was billed as ‘An Experiment in Modern Music’.. The ‘experiment’ was to see whether it was possible for American composers to achieve a synthesis between classical and popular idioms and forms; and the jury which would decide the matter was to include such luminaries as Jascha Heifetz and Serge Rachmaninov.