Podcast: Peter Boyer's Rhapsody in Red, White and Blue.

February 19, 2024

BOYER, P.: Rhapsody in Red, White and Blue (Biegel, London Symphony, Boyer)

BOYER, P.: Rhapsody in Red, White and Blue
Biegel, London Symphony, Boyer

George Gershwin’s ever popular Rhapsody in Blue was first performed in February 1924. To mark the centenary of that celebrated event, pianist Jeffrey Biegel commissioned composer Peter Boyer to write a work for piano and orchestra that would be a 21st-century partner to Gershwin’s original. Raymond Bisha talks to both composer and soloist about the gestation of this celebratory new work that captures a similar propulsive energy, while interweaving allusions to blues influences and lyrical evocations of American vistas.