Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gershwin By Grofé · Symphonic Jazz

“Richman’s spot-on sense of pacing, balance and emphasis guarantee that every Grofé-conjured utterance receives discerning and shapely animation. The ensemble and solo playing likely would bowl over both the composer and Whiteman.” --Gramophone

“[Mayorga's] playing is assured, with an appealing flexibility. And the contribution of Steven Richman's Harmonie Ensemble New York is a delight: beautifully recorded (you can actually hear the banjo for once), crisply played, and stylistically spot-on...Altogether, a fascinating and hugely enjoyable disc.” --BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 ****

“Gallodoro really struts his stuff with the clarinet flourish...Mayorga achieves bristling momentum without charging through all those lovely melodies...This is the most consistently pleasing recording I've heard this year...if you think you've already got as many versions of Rhapsody in Blue as your credit card can handle, think again.” --International Record Review, July/August 2010

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