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John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, July 2013

It’s also wonderful to have this hi-res and sparkling musical performance of Gershwin’s very own concert suite he put together from five important scenes in his Porgy and Bess.  It has been recorded before but never with such liveliness and quality sonics as this one. Gershwin’s Promenade, which has been heard in several different transcriptions, is here adapted for clarinet and orchestra, and works beautifully in that form. The album gets off to a fiery start with the flashy arrangement by Don Rose, made in 1976, of the tune “Strike Up the Band,” into a seven-minute orchestral showpiece that sounds straight out of the Broadway stage.

…the album is first rate in both the performance and sonic departments. © Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, July 2013

…Rhapsody in Blue was written for orchestra plus piano and so performed quite excellently here…the pianist has to respect the jazz elements so important to a good performance of the Rhapsody; we have that here.

Promenade…is performed next in this release in the beautiful version featuring the clarinet. Gershwin conducted a suite from his opera Porgy and Bess just ten times before his death and then it got lost in Ira’s storage and when found much later it was retitled Catfish Row as performed superbly as the last selection on this simply outstanding release. It is also one of my very top recommendations for all, including non lovers of classical music. © 2013 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review





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