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The Voice of the American Soul

Donald Macleod on George Gershwin and jazz

Donald Macleod on George Gershwin and jazz. For many, George Gershwin was the foremost composer of the "jazz age" and it's through jazz-inflected interpretations that his music has reached its widest audience. In this programme Donald Macleod explores Gershwin's relationship with the then-nascent and evolving music of jazz.

The Real American Folk Song
The Kings Singers
George Shearing, piano
Neil Swainson, bass

Fascinating Rhythm
Ella Fitzgerald
Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra

Embraceable You
Herbie Hancock, piano

I Got Rhythm
Stephane Grappelli, violin
Django Reinhardt, guitar

I Got Rhythm Variations
Wayne Marshall, piano

Summertime
Miles Davis, trumptet
Gil Evans, arranger

Someone to Watch Over Me
Blossom Dearie, piano

Rhapsody in Blue
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
James Judd, conductor

Produced in Cardiff by Martin Williams

59 minutes

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    The Real American Folksong

    Performer: George Shearing. Performer: Neil Swainson. Ensemble: The King’s Singers.
    • EMI Music CDC7541902.
    • EMI Music.
    • 1.
  • George Gershwin

    Fascinating Rhythm

    Performer: Nelson Riddle. Singer: Ella Fitzgerald.
    • ELLA FITZGERALD SINGS THE GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN SONGBOOK.
    • VERVE RECORDS.
    • 13.
  • George Gershwin

    Embraceable You

    Performer: Herbie Hancock.
    • GERSHWIN'S WORLD.
    • VERVE.
    • 14.
  • George Gershwin

    I Got Rhythm

    Performer: Stéphane Grappelli. Performer: Django Reinhardt.
    • ASV : CD AJA-5267.
    • ASV.
    • 9.
  • George Gershwin

    Variations on 'I Got Rhythm' for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Wayne Marshall. Orchestra: Aalborg Symfoniorkester.
    • Erato : 5620562.
    • Erato.
    • 1.
  • George Gershwin

    Summertime (Porgy and Bess)

    Performer: Miles Davis. Performer: Gil Evans.
    • COLUMBIA : CK-65141.
    • COLUMBIA.
    • 5.
  • George Gershwin

    Someone to Watch Over Me

    Singer: Blossom Dearie.
    • Not Now Music ‎NOT3CD133.
    • Not Now Music ‎-.
    • 22.
  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
    • Gershwin Saint-Saens Ravel Benjamin Grosvenor RLPO James Judd.
    • Decca.
    • 9.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Prelude in G major, Op.28 no.3

    Performer: Martha Argerich.

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