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Recordings of "Rhapsody In Blue"
By Paul Johnson

MasterSound has just released a two CD set of Gershwin Plays Gershwin.
The first disc is a copy of the CD of the same name put out by Intersound
of Georgia five or six years ago.  It features a great collection of pop
piano material from 78 recordings.

The second disc features the acoustical recording of Rhapsody in Blue.
This is the 1924 Victor recording and is the one that is supposed to be
closest to the original Aeolian Hall debut.  I believe it was also one of
Gershwin's favorite recordings of the piece.  It is on "MasterSound
DFCDI-117.  I bought my copies from the venerable Tower Records.

Paul Johnson
The Piano Roll Shop

 [ Editors note:
 [ Thanks, Paul.  Karl Petersen provided this additional data:
 [ Roy Bargy, Paul Whiteman and his Concert Orchestra,
 [    Decca (64692/3) 29051A/B
 [ George Gershwin, Paul Whiteman and his Concert Orchestra,
 [    Victor 35822A/B  [ the later Victor electric recording ]
 [ Oscar Levant, Frank Black and his Orchestra,
 [    Brunswick 20058 (25382/25385)
 [ Robbie

(Message sent Mon 14 Apr 1997, 20:42:42 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Blue, Recordings, Rhapsody

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