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Saturday, April 19, 2014 Permalink

The Jazz Connection


The world’s love affair with American jazz lasted for decades, but the infatuation of classical composers would have a shorter life. However, it did produce works by Gershwin, Ravel, Milhaud, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Copland, and Bernstein, among others.  In this hour, we’ll explore why jazz was a fascinating journey for these composers—but for most, a dead-end street.


Featured Recordings

Title                                                                              Catalog Number

George Gershwin (Michael Tilson Thomas)                  CBS Masterworks MK 39699

Gershwin: Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra       Bridge 9252

Gershwin/Ravel Piano Concertos (Grimaud)                 Erato 0630-19571-2

The Jazz Album (Simon Rattle)                                      EMI CDC 7479912

New World Jazz (Michael Tilson Thomas)                      BMG 09026-68798-2

Copland Piano Concerto                                                Naxos 8.559297

The Jazz Album (Shostakovich)                                      London 433 702-2

Stravinsky: The Recorded Legacy [12 discs]                   Sony SX22K46290

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