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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; An American in Paris ()

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At a mere 33 minutes and 36 seconds, this disc is anything but the "Sound Value" proclaimed by the sticker on the cover; you could buy a full-price CD of Gershwin works that utilized the entire capacity of the disc and come out ahead. But the performances inside have proven durable; recorded on LP in 1981, they've been repackaged, with each other and with other works, numerous times, and have found new sets of buyers each time. These aren't the most stirring renditions available of these ever-popular American classics, but enough other well-executed plans come together to make them very satisfying. Foremost, perhaps, is Telarc's digital sound, which helped show the world the possibilities of the medium back in the early '80s. The transparency and clarity of the recording, made in Cincinnati's warm, wood-and-velvet Music Hall, made the transition to CD all right and still holds up very well today; you'll feel as though the large incarnation of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (elsewhere billed as the... Hide synopsis

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