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#1242506 - 08/03/09 09:24 AM best rhapsody in blue recording?  
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Hi, what are some good piano solo (no orchestra) recordings of Rhapsody in Blue", especially ones available on iTunes? thanks. Larry


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#1242530 - 08/03/09 10:05 AM Re: best rhapsody in blue recording? [Re: Larry Larson]  
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Solo piano recordings of the work are somewhat uncommon. There's a wonderful recording of the composer's arrangement for two pianos by the Labeque sisters.

But since you're OK with arrangements, you may want to consider this rendition.


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#1242544 - 08/03/09 10:33 AM Re: best rhapsody in blue recording? [Re: Janus K. Sachs]  
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The one I have [ 28 pages] was published by NEW WORLD MUSIC CORPORATION...in smaller print there is also Warner Bros Publications....it's a good transcription for piano solo...can't imagine there would be a better one.
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#1242792 - 08/03/09 04:24 PM Re: best rhapsody in blue recording? [Re: rada]  
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Thanks, but my question is about recordings, especially ones available on iTunes. Larry


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#1242805 - 08/03/09 04:52 PM Re: best rhapsody in blue recording? [Re: Larry Larson]  
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I think this one is pretty good:

Frank Braley

Gershwin's own piano roll is good too. I have it on an LP but listen before buying it on a CD as some versions of it are truncated and otherwise tampered with.


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#1242811 - 08/03/09 05:10 PM Re: best rhapsody in blue recording? [Re: Ted]  
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Check out Mark Flugge. He does an absolutely killer jazz arrangement that goes on for about 8-9 minutes but its all excellent. No band. No orchestra. Just him & the piano.

And its on iTunes.


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