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Primrose, Plus a Rarity from the Silver Screen

Donald Macleod presents Gershwin's rare Gilbert and Sullivan pastiche Primrose, and a unique rarity from the silver screen.

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.

1 hour

Music Played

  • 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.
  • George Gershwin

    Overture To Strike Up The Band(1930)

    Performer: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Wayne Marshall (conductor)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS:5620562.
    • 2.
  • George Gershwin

    Seven Miniatures (Songs Without Words)

    Performer: Alicia Zizzo (piano)

    • MSR CLASSICS:MS 1127.
  • George Gershwin

    Dream Sequence from the film "Shall We Dance"

    Performer: (from the original sound)

    • DOCUMENTS :Disc 223491.
    • 11.
  • George Gershwin

    Second Rhapsody, for orchestra with piano

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

    • CBS:CD39699.
    • 5.
  • George Gershwin

    Somebody Loves Me (arr. George Martin)

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

    • MERCURY: 5227272.
    • 15.
  • 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.
  • George Gershwin

    Overture To Strike Up The Band(1930)

    Performer: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Wayne Marshall (conductor)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS:5620562.
    • 2.
  • George Gershwin

    Seven Miniatures (Songs Without Words)

    Performer: Alicia Zizzo (piano)

    • MSR CLASSICS:MS 1127.
  • George Gershwin

    Dream Sequence from the film "Shall We Dance"

    Performer: (from the original sound)

    • DOCUMENTS :Disc 223491.
    • 11.
  • George Gershwin

    Second Rhapsody, for orchestra with piano

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

    • CBS:CD39699.
    • 5.
  • George Gershwin

    Somebody Loves Me (arr. George Martin)

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

    • MERCURY: 5227272.
    • 15.

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