George Gershwin - An American in Paris: a breath of fresh air

Thu, Sep 1, 2016, 15:32

   
 

Album:
George Gershwin An American in Paris. Concerto in F

Artist:
Lincoln Mayorga, Harmonie Ensemble/New York, Steven Richman, George Gershwin

Label:
Harmonia Mundi

Genre:
Classical

The distinctive style and sonic flavour of this disc’s decidedly non-mainstream approach to Gershwin stem from conductor Steven Richman’s interest in original orchestrations, veteran pianist Lincoln Mayorga’s free- flowing, idiomatic grasp of the musical idiom, and a studio recording engineered to sound like, well, a recording made in a studio.

Textually and texturally, this is Gershwin with a breath of fresh air, light, dry, nothing hammy or the slightest bit overdone.

It includes rarely heard versions of the Three Preludes and the Overture to Of Thee I Sing.

But in what amounts to Gershwin with period flavour, the real surprise is An American in Paris, without the treacle.