Few Composers were unaffected by the impact
of jazz in the early 20th century. Here - Abbott O'Gorman celebrate
the union of classical form and the jazz idiom with works ranging
from Ravel's Five O'clock Foxtrot to Barber's nostalgic
Palm Court reminiscences - Souvenirs. Only one work could
possibly end this presentation of jazz-inspired classics - Gershwin's
immortal Rhapsody in Blue.
Four Hand Philharmonic
What better way to discover the orchestral
repertoire than by hearing it on the piano!! Before radio or gramophone,
the great composers transcribed their ballets and large orchestral
works for the full gamut of colour and percussive effects of the
piano and twenty fingers. From Ravel's La Valse, Daphnis et
Chloé and Capriccio Espagnole of Rimsky-Korsakov,
to Stravinsky's driving Rite of Spring, the composers'
lines are clearly illuminated in these refreshing alternative