℗ 2016 SOMM Recordings

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue - Piano Concerto - Variations on "I Got Rhythm" - Preludes

Mark Bebbington, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leon Botstein

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Piano Concerto in F Major  
I. Allegro
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Leon Botstein
II. Adagio - Andante con moto
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Leon Botstein
III. Allegro agitato
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Leon Botstein
Rhapsody in Blue (arr. by F. Grofé for Piano & Orchestra)
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Leon Botstein
I Got Rhythm Variations
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Leon Botstein
Novelette in Fourths
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington
Prelude (Fragment)
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington
Melody No. 17, "Sleepless Night"
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington
3 Preludes  
No. 1 in B Flat Major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington
No. 2 in C Sharp Minor: Blue Lullaby. Andante con moto
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington
No. 3 in E Flat Minor: Spanish Prelude. Agitato
George Gershwin; Mark Bebbington
Melody No. 17, ""Sleepless Night" (arr. by K. Swift for piano)
George Gershwin; Kay Swift; Mark Bebbington
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:24:55
"... Mark Bebbington is admirably clear-cut and dynamic in all that he does ... the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays with considerable flair and the recording is splendidly lucid and well-balanced ... there is no doubting the musicians’ authority and affection for the music ..."
- ClassicalSource.com

"Recording of the Month ... a new look at some very familiar Gershwin ... the result: a freshness and a sense of joyous spontaneity that is distinctly appealing. Rather than a polite stuffy Park Avenue sensibility, this interpretation seems to tap the very essence of the thrusting, thriving metropolis that is the real New York."
- MusicWeb International

Best-known for his much-acclaimed recordings of British music, pianist Mark Bebbington takes a leap across the Atlantic to bring his refined yet expressive style to this spectacular all-Gershwin double album, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Grammy-nominated American conductor Leon Botstein. The programme takes a fresh interpretive look at some of Gershwin’s most popular repertoire and also includes as a bonus the first-ever integral presentation of Gershwin’s Eight Preludes for Solo Piano.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – SOMM Recordings Studio Masters

Recorded at St John’s, Smith Square, London on 2nd & 3rd October 2015
Recording Producer: Siva Oke
Recording Engineers: Ben Connellan (Disc 1), Paul Arden-Taylor (Disc 2)
Front Cover: New York City, Midtown Manhattan with Chrysler Building at Night by M. Bleichner (detail). Courtesy of Fine Art America
Design & Layout: Andrew Giles

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