Bennett: Foster & Kern Symphonic arrangements; Gershwin: Rhapsody/American in Paris - PSO/Steinberg
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KHCD-2012-091DL (STEREO Reel Tape Master) - Robert Russell Bennett: A Commemoration Symphony: Stephen Collins Foster (1959) (with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh); A Symphonic Story of Jerome Kern; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue - Jesús Maria Sanromá, piano; An American in Paris - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/William Steinberg - Bennett's two symphonic works received world premiere recordings on the Everest label in 1960. The "Commemoration Symphony" follows the conventional 4-movement form, with music based on Foster melodies. The final movement is a choral montage of songs in varying moods, ending in a real "ode to joy". The Kern work came to be written by Bennett shortly after Kern's death in 1946. There are nine songs woven into a symphonic fabric that follows a chronological outline of his musical life. The Gershwin works need no introduction; the close focus recording that Everest favored with the Pittsburgh series reveals many inner-voice details. The transcription was from a very rare Everest double-play tape in well-preserved condition. Thanks to Andrew Yates for the loan of the reel tape for this transcription.