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In the Concert Hall

Donald Macleod tells the story of Gershwin's excursions in the concert hall.

Donald Macleod tells the story of Gershwin's excursions in the concert hall. George Gershwin never really understood why so many people – then, as now – insist on putting popular and classical music in hermetic compartments. After the immense success of Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin gave more time to concert music. He may have been the toast of Broadway, but his attempts to move musically out of the theatre district and into the hallowed portals of the city’s concert halls were, despite some successes, constantly frustrated and a source of disappointment to him.

Second Rhapsody
Prague Philharmonia
Andrew Von Oeyen, piano
Emmanuel Villaume, conductor

American in Paris
Cleveland Orchestra
Ricardo Chailly, conductor

Strike Up the Band Overture
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Cuban Overture
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
James Judd, conductor

Produced in Cardiff by Martin Williams

59 minutes

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    Second Rhapsody for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Andrew von Oeyen. Orchestra: Prague Philharmonia. Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume.
    • Warner 9029590848.
    • Warner.
    • 7.
  • George Gershwin

    An American in Paris

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca 4664242.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • George Gershwin

    Strike Up the Band: Overture

    Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • George Gershwin

    Cuban Overture

    Orchestra: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
    • 2XHD 2XHDNA2028.
    • 2XHD.
    • 3.

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