George Gershwin

The Songwriters Collection

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Of all of the atrocities the Park South label has released, it's a wonder they're still in business. Their Songwriters Collection release celebrating the music of George Gershwin attempts to trick the public into buying a shoddy drum machine and grocery store keyboard-driven best-of of Gershwin's classic melodies. The immediate tip-off to this collection being relentlessly unfaithful to the Gershwin catalog is the severely truncated version of his most famous, dramatic, and majestic composition, "Rhapsody in Blue." Here, "Rhapsody in Blue" has a substituted synthesizer for the orchestra for which it was written and the entire composition is shaved from a 15-plus minute opus to an insulting four-minute pop ditty. Of the numerous collections of Gershwin's compositions out there, this is certainly the worst.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
1 4:16
2 3:08
3 3:19
4 4:12
5 2:34
6 2:59
7 3:05
8 3:44
Porgy and Bess, opera
9 2:32
10
3:06
11 2:38
12 3:28
Porgy and Bess, opera
13 2:47
14 3:17
15 2:11
16 3:05
17 3:31
18 2:58
19 2:44
20 3:05
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