Audio Video Club of Atlanta
, July 2012
This may be the most gorgeous sounding entry yet in the Gerard Schwarz/Seattle Symphony collection…from the ‘90s, reissued by Naxos in a way that does full justice to the sound qualities of the originals.
The present account of An American in Paris impresses the listener by the bravura Schwarz and the Seattle invest in their performance. The layout of Gershwin’s symphonic-balletic rhapsody would seem to be simple enough.
This performance is handled by Gerard Schwarz with all the élan the music deserves, building up to an exuberant finale. They include an interlude where the main theme is heard in the lower strings, as well as delectable passages for flutes and the bassoon…I find the additional music very enjoyable.
Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite is a natural pairing with the Gershwin because it has so much memorable melody and dazzling orchestration… © 2012 Audio Video Club of Atlanta