When George Gershwin met Maurice Ravel in New York in 1928, he asked about studying with the French composer.
Ravel reportedly replied, 'Why would you want to be a second-rate Ravel when you can be a first-rate Gershwin?'
The story may be apocryphal, but after Ravel's American tour and Gershwin’s visit to Paris, the two did form a mutual admiration society. Gershwin was drawn to French music, just as Ravel was drawn to American jazz—and Gershwin’s mid-1920s works, Rhapsody in Blue and the Piano Concerto in F.
In this hour, the fascinating links between these two composers, and their music.
|Gershwin & Ravel Piano Concertos [for Ravel Concerto]||Helene Grimaud, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman||Erato 0630 19571-2||706301957127|
|Rhapsody in Blue, etc. [For Piano Concerto in F]||Earl Wild, Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler||RCA Victor 09026-68792-2||090266879229|
|Gershwin [for Rhapsody in Blue]||Michael Tilson Thomas, Los Angeles Philharmonic||Sony MK 39699||074643969925|