Celebrating George Gershwin on his birthday – an original in terms of crossover music – classical and jazz …. and even pop for those who remember Australian Normie Rowe‘s first hit single. Worth a listen to compare and contrast.
And, of course, some ‘real’? classical music, ending the show with two very different versions of the Benedictus.

Playlist: 26 September 2021

– Hisaishi: My Neighbor Totoro: Hey Let’s Go (opening theme), arranged for piano.
– Sousa: Humoresque of George Gershwin’s Swanee. Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/ John Philip Sousa.
– Dvorak: Humoresque no.7, op.101. Arthur Grumiaux, vln.
– Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue: excerpt. London Symphony Orchestra/ André Previn.
– Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: It Aint’ Necessarily So; I Got Plenty of Nothin’; Summertime. Paul Robeson, bass. Lawrence Tibbett, baritone. Decca Symphony Orchestra/ Alexander Smallens.
– Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: Bess, You Is My Woman Now. Black Dyke Band.
– Chopin: Berceuse (lullaby) in D-flat major, op.57. Alfred Cortot.
– Gershwin: Lullaby for String Orchestra. Cleveland Orchestra/ Riccardo Chailly.
– J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV232: Benedictus. Fritz Wunderlich, ten. Bach Festival Orchestra.
– Jenkins: Benedictus. Voces8/ Christian Forshaw.

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