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 Recordings of Rhapsody in Blue
Author: Ginny 
Date:   2000-01-11 05:18

I played my old record (bought in a grocery store, by my mom way back) of Rhapsody in Blue for my son. He's become enchanted by the clarinet work (no surprize) and I would like to buy a very fine recording of it for him as an encouragment. He's eleven and and has been playing about seven months on the clarinet. Much to his credit he does a pretty plausible gliss and has some how found most of the notes for the opening section.

In short, what are your favorite recordings?



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 RE: Recordings of Rhapsody in Blue
Author: anonymous 
Date:   2000-01-11 16:44

I recently bought the soundtrack of Fantasia 2000. Everything is played by the Chicago Symphony except for the recording of Rhapsody in Blue. They have the London Philharmonia Orchestra playing it and the clarinet solo is fantastic! The gliss is the longest and most controlled one that I have ever heard. Another one to check out is the Dallas Symphony's recording. That is a more old-fashioned sounding one with a nice bright tone. Good luck!

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 RE: Recordings of Rhapsody in Blue
Author: Willie 
Date:   2000-01-12 04:57

The old Boston Pops did number on it a while back when Arthur Feidler was the conductor. I think it is still available on CD. My copy is on vinyl LP and I love their version. When we tried to play this in community band, we all took turns tring to do that opening "gliss". Boy, the brass section had a field day with us. We'll get even!

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 RE: Recordings of Rhapsody in Blue
Author: Daniel 
Date:   2000-01-13 04:26

I have a couple versions on 78's both with Gershwin playing the piano part. The 1924 recording with Ross Gorman is my favorite. He begins the gliss before the break. And the rest of the orchestra sounds much better than modern orchestras. Less symphonic and more jazzy like it should be. Although it's a shame they had to reduce it to about 9 minutes. Would have loved to been alive back then to hear the whole thing.

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 RE: Recordings of Rhapsody in Blue
Author: paul 
Date:   2000-01-13 20:12

Okay, I heard what sounded like a first cut run at the gliss back when Gershwin wrote it. The gliss sounded like a chromatic run with noticable breaks across registers, etc. I even caught a quick glimpse of the original score and it had a quick chromatic run instead of a gliss written in it. This should be a real brain teaser of a question. So, when did the gliss show up and who made the gliss popular?

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 RE: Recordings of Rhapsody in Blue
Author: Daniel 
Date:   2000-01-14 03:31

Ross Gorman of Paul Whitman's orchestra (the orchestra who premiered the Grofé arrangement with Gershwin playing the piano). As i understand it, even in his part it was written as in the piano version. But he decided to do it as a glissando. Only his started in before the break (in the chalumeaux register). I've only heard maybe one recording where the clarinetist didn't do a gliss.

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