Gershwin - The Gents
Channel Classics CCS SA 33312
Classical - Vocal
Gershwin: Things Are Looking Up; I Can't Be Bothered Now; Stiff Upper Lip; Sing of spring; The Jolly Tar and the Milkmaid; Foggy Day (in London town); Nice Work If You Can Get It; Rhapsody in Blue (1924); They Can't Take That Away from Me (Shall we Dance - 1937); Fascinating Rhythm (Lady be Good - 1924); Summertime; My Man's Gone Now; It Ain't Necessarily So; O Lawd, I'm on My Way (Porgy and Bess - 1935)
Haags Saxophone Quartet
Michel Ponsioen - percussion
Beni Csillag - conductor
After recordings of English Renaissance and German romantic music, and twentieth-century works from France, we venture across the ocean to the new world, with a CD that takes us to Broadway.
Jetse Bremer has specially arranged the last compositions by George Gershwin for this combination of soloist, choir and instruments. I am delighted that the flexibility and homogeneous sound of The Gents matches these songs so well.
For all of us with a classical background this repertoire is a special challenge, raising the question where classical stops or changes into something else.
It is our pleasure to leave the answer to you.