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Seiji Ozawa Conducts A Gershwin Night (2015)

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Seiji Ozawa Conducts A Gershwin Night (2015)

Seiji Ozawa Conducts A Gershwin Night (2015)
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Seiji Ozawa is recognized as one of the supreme Gershwin conductors. Multi award winning blind pianist Marcus Roberts is known as one of the foremostpianists of contemporary jazz. Roland Guerin is not only an instructor for Applied Jazz Bass at the University of NewOrleans, he also toured extensively with Jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, George Benson and Jimmy Scott, and he made recordings with Ellis Marsalis and Allen Toussaint among others. Drummer Jason Marsalis is the son of pianist Ellis Marsalis and the youngest brother of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and their father Ellis comprise New Orleans' venerable first family of jazz.
The concert includes the three most popular orchestral works by Gershwin.

Bonus: Seiji Ozawa and Marcus Roberts in conversation.

Reviews: In this special concert, such popular Gershwin works as 'An American in Paris', 'Rhapsody in Blue' and 'Concerto in F'
were performed by Berlin philharmonic (conductor: Seiji Ozawa) and Marcus Roberts Trio led by Marcus Roberts, one of the most renowned jazz pianists.

Except the first one, the other two were arranged by Marcus Roberts especially for the solo piano parts, and the rendition is actually far from the Gershwin's original. They sound a lot more jazzy than classical. Some might say "This is not what I expected!" because they are different that we have heard. I admit that three too long solo parts by the trio ruined the essence of the 'Rhapsody in Blue'. To me, however, the concert was still very enjoyable and entertainig maybe because I like jazz too. Marcus' piano was so great and sweet to listened to. (He's blind, by the way.) The trio also played "I got Rhythm" in their style.

I think this concert is a special treat from both the world's finest orchestra Berlin Phil and the trio. This kind of concert is not usual at all. It is like "once-in-a-life-time concert". It was also fun to watch the Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, whose facial expressions were sometimes humorous and funny. I also liked the atmosphere of the open-air theater of the Berlin Waldbuhne. Camera work is not perfect but great. In extra feature "They Got Rhythm", Marcus Roberts Trio is introduced in details. Sound formats include DD 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM stereo. Sound/video quality is excellent.

Tracklisting:

WALDBÜHNE IN BERLIN 2003
Seiji Ozawa Conducts A Gershwin Night

George Gershwin:
- An American in Paris
- Rhapsody in Blue (arr. von Marcus Roberts)
- Concerto in F
- Strike up the Band (arr. von Don Rose)
- I Got Rhythm
Marcus Roberts:
- Cole After Midnight
Paul Lincke:
- Berliner Luft

Marcus Roberts Trio
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa, conductor

Recorded live at the Waldbühne, Berlin, 29 June 2003

Bonus:
- Seiji Ozawa and Marcus Roberts in Conversation, "They Got Rhythm"

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Seiji Ozawa Conducts A Gershwin Night (2015)

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