Dear Mr. Obert-Thorn,
Thank you for that interesting info about the Gershwin Rhapsody recording.
If you are still with Naxos, I have an issue which has been on my mind for about 10 years.
It concerns the NAXOS recording of the Khatchaturian Gayne Ballet Suites 1, 2 & 3.
Catalogue number 8.550800
It has a very short track *(1:43) called Matsak's Solo.
I've been very familiar with the Gayne Ballet since I was 4 (1951).
I have quite a few recordings of it - At least 10.
Nowhere in the liner notes of those other recordings does it mention a Matsak.
The music on that track is really the Awakening of Ayesha.
It's only a fragment of "The Awakening and Dance of Ayesha", but it stops ABRUPTLY just before the dance.
I would say it was poorly edited. Actually, it was butchered.
I've had to splice it onto the Capitol recording of Fabien Sevitzky's rendition.
Otherwise I can't listen to it. I THINK Khatchaturian would turn over in his grave.
What happened to the rest of that track??!!!
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Rhapsodie in Blue with Paul Whiteman, Earl Wild and a chorus
On Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:41:10 -0700, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
<< You would be more likely to find info or scores about the chorus at the Whiteman collection at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Whiteman was the conductor. >>
Apropos of this, when I attended Williams College in the 1970s, I researched the original 1924 performing materials of what Gershwin then called "A Rhapsody in Blue". The parts had been written out by arranger Ferde Grofe with the names of the Whiteman band members at the top of the first page of each part (e.g., "Bix"). There was no separate piano part, because Gershwin hadn't written out one of his cadenzas by the time of the premiere. In the Whiteman Collection's giant photostat of the conductor's score, there are some blank measures with the words, "Wait for nod".
I used these materials when appearing as piano soloist in what was believed to be the first performance of the Urtext version of the Rhapsody since the
1924 premiere, given with a jazz band and including the 44 cut bars of piano solo and four additional bars of cut ensemble music, presented at Williams in May, 1978. I don't recall seeing the score for the later version with chorus there, but I wasn't looking for it then.
By the way, the recording with chorus mentioned at the start of this thread came out on CD on the Ivory Classics label in 1997 (64405-70702) as a filler to a reissue of the Quintessence LP, "Wild About Gershwin". On the CD, the Rhapsody was credited as having been recorded in New York in 1945.