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.
…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.