The Rhapsody Project Sidebar 3: Rhapsody The Music

Sidebar 3: Rhapsody The Music

Rhapsody: Works for Piano & Orchestra by George Gershwin (DDD) STPH010-2

Hyperion Knight, piano

Rhapsody in Blue, arranged by Joe Cea

Hyperion Knight, piano; Krzysztof Zimowski, Anthony Templeton, Carol Swift-Matton, Linda Anderson, violins; Katherine Reynolds, Christine Johnson Rancier, violas; Joan Zucker, cello; Jean-Luc Matton, double bass; Robert Dorer, trumpet; Debra Taylor, trombone; Tia Perdomo, clarinet; Lori Lovato, bass clarinet; Jeff Cornelius, Steven Kimple, percussion.

[1] Rhapsody in Blue 15:59

Three Preludes arranged by Joe Cea

Hyperion Knight, piano, Krzysztof Zimowski, Anthony Templeton, Carol Swift-Matton, Linda Anderson, violins; Katherine Reynolds, Christine Johnson Rancier, violas; Joan Zucker, cello; Jean-Luc Matton, double bass; Robert Dorer, trumpet; Debra Taylor, trombone; Tia Perdomo, clarinet; Lori Lovato, bass clarinet; Jeff Cornelius, Steven Kimple, percussion.

[2] Prelude I 1:41

[3] Prelude II 3:44

[4] Prelude III 1:19

Four Songs, transcribed by Earl Wild

Hyperion Knight, piano

[5] "Fascinatin' Rhythm" 2:10

[6] "The Man I Love" 2:57

[7] "I Got Rhythm" (Etude No.6) 2:18

[8] "Embraceable You" (Etude No.4) 2:52

Five Songs, transcribed by Joe Cea & Hyperion Knight

Hyperion Knight, piano

[9] "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" 2:07

[10] "Someone to Watch Over Me" 3:20

[11] "They Can't Take That Away From Me" 2:04

[12] "Love Is Here To Stay" 3:31

[13] "A Foggy Day" 3:13

Porgy and Bess Fantasy, by Earl Wild

[14] Porgy and Bess Fantasy 17:47

Total Playing Time: 65:01

Notes on the Arrangers

Earl Wild, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1915, qualifies as an American national treasure. Still at the pinnacle of his mastery and enjoying an active performing career at the time of this writing, he is one of the few remaining pianists with a direct link to the masters and traditions of the past. Over the years Wild has enjoyed many professional lives, including as pianist for Toscanini and the NBC Symphony, improviser and staff musician for Sid Caesar during the golden age of television, and standard-bearer and champion of the romantic piano revival. He has published numerous original compositions as well as his piano transcriptions of the music of Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and many others.—HK

Joe Cea was born in Brooklyn, and is active as a jazz performer and arranger in New York. In addition to piano studies with Norma Verrilli, he studied composition and arranging with Bill Finegan. He has collaborated in performance with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams, and Kenny Burrell as well as major entertainers like Steve Allen, Jim Nabors, and Joan Rivers.—HK

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