VA - The Essential George Gershwin (2003)
2CD | EAC-Rip | FLAC-tracks +cue +log +COVERS | January 14, 2003 | 610,07 Mb
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sony | Hotfile, Turbobit, Sharingmatrix, Fileserve
Given his seemingly effortless ability at melding such disparate forms as jazz and gospel with his own rare melodic gifts, it's not hard to view George Gershwin as America's first classical crossover artist. But as this glorious, 41-track double-disc introduction to Gershwin's epochal repertoire quickly demonstrates, that assessment woefully shortchanges the sheer grandeur of "Rhapsody in Blue" or the sultry earthiness of "Summertime." Singer and pop musicologist Michael Feinstein produced the set (as well as contributing a new recording of "Home Blues"), and under his guidance it understandably leans toward Gershwin's remarkable body of songcraft, though it also includes more concert-oriented pieces such as the "Rhapsody" and "Prelude No. 2," both in original performances by the composer.