Gershwin on the piano

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Rach3
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Gershwin on the piano

Post by Rach3 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:45 pm

Roaring 20’s speakeasy-style, with beer and sawdust on the floor ; or…?

Percy Grainger’s Fantasy for Two Pianos on Porgy and Bess Themes, Mark-Andre Hamelin and Piers Lane , pianists ( audio only with score ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odFdQUGtwA8

Pianist Jack Gibbons in a Comment to the above linked YT :

“ I notice a lot of the comments under this video, and similar videos elsewhere, go out of their way to praise Grainger more than Gershwin. This leads me to wonder if people realise that Grainger has, for most part, simply copied Gershwin's own piano score, with occasional doubling of parts. In other words, most of the time what we are listening is not only Gershwin's music, but also Gershwin's own piano reduction of his music. Unfortunately the weakest parts in Grainger's transcription are those moments when he deviates from Gershwin's score but fortunately for the majority of the time he is faithful to the original. For this Grainger rightly deserves praise, as he does for his genuine and heartfelt appreciation of the serious nature of Gershwin's music, which is more than can be said for so many other Gershwin arrangements.”

Jack Gibbons playing his piano solo version of the “Rhapsody in Blue”,live video at Carnegie , based on Gershwin’s own piano rolls ( per a YT Comment,Gibbons played this as an encore after a programme of Alkan Etudes ) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh9ghHKHcmw

Francois Weigel plays his solo piano version of the Concerto in F (!) , live video, Paris ,2010:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUK4i8ArvzA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgsx2rzzMOo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW1T77Z7Cac

Boaz Sharon plays his piano solo version of “American in Paris” , live video(great !):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCkFepxysqs

Earl Wild plays his own solo piano Porgy and Bess Fantasy,1989 Chesky recording:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMrMaPM_V5M

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Re: Gershwin on the piano

Post by jserraglio » Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:20 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:45 pm
Percy Grainger’s Fantasy for Two Pianos on Porgy and Bess Themes
Just played this Grainger work (but not this performance) yesterday on YT and greatly enjoyed it. The Wild is wild too! Jack Gibbons added an interesting note in the comments section.
Jack Gibbons wrote:I notice a lot of the comments under this video, and similar videos elsewhere, go out of their way to praise Grainger more than Gershwin. This leads me to wonder if people realise that Grainger has, for most part, simply copied Gershwin's own piano score, with occasional doubling of parts. In other words, most of the time what we are listening is not only Gershwin's music, but also Gershwin's own piano reduction of his music. Unfortunately the weakest parts in Grainger's transcription are those moments when he deviates from Gershwin's score but fortunately for the majority of the time he is faithful to the original. For this Grainger rightly deserves praise, as he does for his genuine and heartfelt appreciation of the serious nature of Gershwin's music, which is more than can be said for so many other Gershwin arrangements.
Then there's also a celebrated Porgy and Bess recast from a jazz perspective. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep8rSxuM-kU made about the time the movie came out.

I downloaded all of these videos for DVD burning. Thanks. GG rocks!

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