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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67067
Recording details: February 1998
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 1998
Total duration: 2 minutes 51 seconds

'These lovely old tunes have a freshness and charm akin to the best light-hearted literature or illustration from the same period. A splendid successor to the previous volumes' (Gramophone)

'These guys can take on the Boston Pops any day!' (Classic FM)

'A lovely, irresistible record' (Birmingham Post)

'Une collection indispensable aux amateurs du genre! (Diapason, France)

Promenade
composer
1936; used to accompany the 'walking the dog' sequence in Fred Astaire's 'Shall we dance?'
arranger

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Before he died of a brain tumour, George Gershwin (1898–1937) achieved enough to establish a place as one of the most revered American composers in both the classical and popular musical fields. Born in Brooklyn to a Russian immigrant family, he was a brilliant pianist who was soon composing captivating jazz-tinted songs for the popular theatre. He then extended his compositional activities to embrace a piano concerto and the classic American folk-opera Porgy and Bess (1935). His final work was for Hollywood, and the piece known as Promenade was used as the accompaniment to Fred Astaire’s ‘Walking the dog’ sequence in the film Shall We Dance? (1936). The orchestral version used here is by Sol Berkowitz (b1922).

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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