I just downloaded the acoustic take from archive.org and cut out the first
half leaving a 4:35 track of an issued side b -shorter than mine and pitched
correctly. I'm wondering if I have an unissued take?-Mickey
From: Gary A. Galo
Sent: Friday, November 08, 2019 1:33 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] [EXTERNAL] [ARSCLIST] George Gershwin, Second
Rhapsody, Serge Koussevitzky, Boston Symphony Orchestra,
Do you mean of Gershwin playing his own music?
Both the 1924 acoustic and 1927 electrical recordings of Rhapsody in Blue,
with Whiteman's Orchestra, were issued in this set:
It’s long out of print, but there are plenty of used copies available. The
electrical recording was conducted by Nat Shilkret, even though his name
does not appear on the record. The American in Paris in that set, conducted
by Shilkret "features" George Gershwin playing celeste. The transfers were
done by Ward Marston, and are very good, with everything pitched correctly
(unlike a 2-CD Pearl set of historic Gershwin, in which the two Rhapsody
recordings were offered well over 1/4-step apart, on the same CD!!! Decency
prevents me from naming the transfer engineer).
The Columbia recordings of the 3 Preludes were issued here, along with
several other recordings of him playing:
This CD, from the 1970s, features Gershwin's Duo Art piano roll and Michael
Tilson Thomas conducting an ad-hoc ensemble in the original Grofé jazz band
Gershwin's Duo Art roll was of the version for piano alone, but the
orchestra parts were edited out of the roll, leaving only the solo part
intact, for this recording. Although reproducing piano rolls are often of
limited value, this venture is surprisingly successful. And, it's the only
way you'll hear Gershwin play the Rhapsody, with jazz band, uncut. Both of
the recordings with Whiteman's Orchestra are cut, to fit the piece on two
Back in the 1970s Publisher's Central Bureau in Avanel, NJ issued a 3-LP set
on the Mark 56 label of live and rehearsal material with Gershwin playing
and conducting. The box was titled "George Gershwin Conducts." I believe
Mark 56 had previously released this material as 3 separate LPs. I'm sure
some of this stuff has been bootlegged on CD, but I don't know where, at
this point in time.
I hope this is what you're looking for.
Audio Engineer Emeritus
The Crane School of Music
SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676
"Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener."
"A true artist doesn't want to be admired, he wants to be believed."
"If you design an audio system based on the premise that nothing is audible,
on that system nothing will be audible."
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [ARSCLIST] George Gershwin, Second Rhapsody, Serge
Koussevitzky, Boston Symphony Orchestra,
Are there any recordings anywhere of George Gershwin
Gershwin>, Second Rhapsody
Rhapsody>, Serge Koussevitzky
Koussevitzky>, Boston Symphony Orchestra?