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Primrose, Plus a Rarity from the Silver Screen

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Wednesday 18 May 2011

Despite his fame on both sides of the Atlantic, Gershwin wrote only one show specifically for the London stage - the Gilbert and Sullivan-infused comedy "Primrose".

Donald Macleod presents a little-heard excerpt from the original cast recording, as well as a real rarity: the "Dream Sequence" from the Hollywood film Delicious, a vestige of George and Ira Gershwin's unhappy experiences in California. He also showcases the work's sibling from the concert hall: the composer's "Second Rhapsody" for piano and orchestra, also written for the film.

Music Played

12 items
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    George Gershwin The Mophams - Primrose (1924) (excerpt)

    Performer: Leslie Henson, Heather Thatcher, Thomas Weguelen (vocals), Winter Garden Theatre Orchestra, John Ansell (conductor)

    PEARL:GEM0113, 14

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Overture To Strike Up The Band(1930)

    Performer: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Wayne Marshall (conductor)

    VIRGIN CLASSICS:5620562, 2

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Seven Miniatures (Songs Without Words)

    Performer: Alicia Zizzo (piano)

    MSR CLASSICS:MS 1127

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Dream Sequence from the film "Shall We Dance"

    Performer: (from the original sound)

    DOCUMENTS :Disc 223491, 11

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Second Rhapsody, for orchestra with piano

    Performer: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas (piano + conductor)

    CBS:CD39699, 5

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Somebody Loves Me (arr. George Martin)

    Performer: Meat Loaf (vocals), Larry Adler (harmonica)

    MERCURY: 5227272, 15

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin The Mophams - Primrose (1924) (excerpt)

    Performer: Leslie Henson, Heather Thatcher, Thomas Weguelen (vocals), Winter Garden Theatre Orchestra, John Ansell (conductor)

    PEARL:GEM0113, 14

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Overture To Strike Up The Band(1930)

    Performer: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Wayne Marshall (conductor)

    VIRGIN CLASSICS:5620562, 2

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Seven Miniatures (Songs Without Words)

    Performer: Alicia Zizzo (piano)

    MSR CLASSICS:MS 1127

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Dream Sequence from the film "Shall We Dance"

    Performer: (from the original sound)

    DOCUMENTS :Disc 223491, 11

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Second Rhapsody, for orchestra with piano

    Performer: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas (piano + conductor)

    CBS:CD39699, 5

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Somebody Loves Me (arr. George Martin)

    Performer: Meat Loaf (vocals), Larry Adler (harmonica)

    MERCURY: 5227272, 15

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