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Europe, 8/13/16. Julian Ovenden, Louise Dearman and more, perform with the John Wilson Orchestra for a program celebrating one of the greatest song-writing duos of all time: George and Ira Gershwin. Songs include: Funny Face, 'S'Wonderful, Fascinatin' Rhythm', The Man That Got Away, Rhapsody In Blue Overture, Treat Me Rough, You’d Be Hard To Replace, I’ll Build A Stairway To Heaven, and many more. (Professional, Superior Quality, No Subtitles)

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Thrilling Gershwin Tribute
PROM 58 from 13th August 2016. John Wilson here presents us with a concert of Gershwin arrangements from films and the result is a thrilling evening. He loving recreates the arrangements and orchestrations of the likes of Conrad Salinger, Leo Arnaud, Ray Heindorf, Saul Chaplin, et al ably supported by vocalists Louise Dearman, Matthew Ford, Julian Ovenden and the Maida Vale Singers. There are well-known songs plus some nmore obscure items. The highlight is the ‘American in Paris’ Ballet as orchestrated for the 1951 film and thrillingly played by the John Wilson Orchestra. The wonderful thing is the way everyone seems to be having a good time, just see how the members of the orchestra smile and laugh throughout. Louise Dearman may not be Judy Garland but her renditions of ‘The Man That Got Away’ and ‘It’s A New World’ from the 1954 ‘A Star is Born’ (Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, Music by Harold Arlen)prove how great a singer she is in this repertoire. In fact each and every number is a treasure, from the way Matthew Ford recreates Gene Kelly’s whistling in ‘S’Wonderful’ as arranged for ‘An American in Paris’ to the second encore ‘Applause, Applause’ from 1953’s ‘Give a Girl A Break’ (Music by Burton Lane) in which everyone joins in. If Christmas was around the corner I’d send copies of this disc out with my Christmas cards! Disc runs for just under 2 hours with intermission feature not included.
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