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Piano Rolls 2
Piano Rolls 2
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists


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All Artists: Gershwin
Title: Piano Rolls 2
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nonesuch
Release Date: 9/19/1995
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Easy Listening, Oldies, Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075597937022, 075597937046, 075597937022

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Gershwin "Live"
Daniel G. Berk | West Bloomfield, Michigan | 08/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Listening to these modern recordings taken from old piano rolls cut by George Geershwin between 1916 and 1921, one might be compelled to conclude that there's something to be said for older technology. We are able to listen to Gershwin performances that sound as though they occurred today. Obviously, an actual recording made at the time these rolls were cut would have had very primative sound quality, and nowhere near the immediacy which is present here.The only reason for rating this four, rather than five stars, is that there's a certain player piano quality to the performances that I suspect is not exactly how Gerswin actually sounded; but, having said that, this is about as close as you're going to be able to get to a "live" Gershwin performance with modern sound."
Pure Heaven
Miss Michal Avitzur-Savorai | Savyon, Israel | 11/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"How would you feel if George Gershwin himself suddenly appeared out of nowhere, sat down at the piano in the corner of your own living room, and played away to his heart's content?

Amazement and delight would perhaps be fair, but not quite good enough words to describe it - pure heaven may just hit nearer the mark!

Such is the feeling that pervades this wonderful collection, which, no less magnificently done than the 1st Volume - an all-Gershwin program - also includes some of the sources of his inspiration.

This is a rare authentic glimpse into the mind of a giant, and listening to him in person affords a feeling of connecting directly to his universe, a feeling as magical as it is palpable.

The style of his playing is positive, decisive, clean, straightforward, no-nonsense, resolutely devoid of either sentimentality or cynicism. However somewhere between the lines engraved is his own heartbeat, full of hope, gentle irony, complete and utter belief in everything good - be it friendship, love, or life itself.

A must for Gershwin lovers, a much-needed reminder of faith, in these turbulent times, for everyone else.
Pure Gold
william727 | Burbank, CA United States | 01/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I first heard Rhapsody in Blue on this CD it didn't sound quite right. It was more free, more spontaneous, more joyous.
But that is because it went from the composer's mind directly to his fingers, bypassing the compromise of sheetmusic. It goes right to the heart of the listener.If I was stranded on a desert island and allowed to bring only 10 CDs, this one just might have to be one of the ones I would have to take."