Amazing HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue/An American in Paris (Wild)

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This is the type of music that Arthur Fieldler excelled at, and Earl Wild is simply fabulous.
One danger with Gershwin is that his mixing of classical and jazz has flummoxed more than a few otherwise excellent conductors and pianists who seem to miss the jazz feel that the piece requires. Neither Fiedler nor Wild had this problem. The result is an exciting recording, and, consequently, my favorite one of these pieces.
This recording blows the ach-so-acclaimed Bernstein version literally out of the window.

# Composer: George Gershwin
# Performer: Earl Wild
# Orchestra: The Boston Pops
# Conductor: Arthur Fiedler

# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 12

# Size: 690 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

The legendary North American pianist, Earl Wild recorded what many people consider to be one of his most successful recordings ever made. The formidable accompaniment of the charismatic Arthur Fielder made possible to record one of the most acclaimed performances. Tough my first and second choice go to Oscar Levant and Eugene List, my third election is that undeniably. It possess grace, expression, charm and voluptuousness. Besides, the master process was top of the line. If you are searching for the perfect balance between piano and Orchestra, maybe this is his right choice.

Fiedler and the Boston Pops have turned out another great disc! Rhapsody in Blue sounds fantastic, one of the best recordings of it!! In this recording, you get to hear the jazz side of it, with the beautiful saxaphone section. That right there makes it a great recording, along with that there are some sections that I never heard before, that I really like. 

This is a truly amazing recording, complete with taxi horns. No, not a silly kind of french horn, the real thing, like a New York taxi, but just the horn. I think that Bernstein and Fiedler are about the same on this one, so both are a superb recording! Gershwin’s Concerto in F sounds fantastic, as paired with the great pianist, Earl Wild! Mr. Wild makes this recording spectacular with his amazind piano skills. Also he has great accompinament with Fiedler and the Boston Pops. Overall, this is a truly amazing disc, and is highly, highly recommended!

 Analyzed folder: /96kGeoGer_RapInBl/96k Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue – Wild
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR13        -1.48 dB     -20.10 dB     A Rhapsody In Blue.wav
 DR11        -2.62 dB     -18.25 dB     B An American In Paris.wav
 Number of files:    2
 Official DR value:    DR12



  • Composed By – George Gershwin
  • Conductor – Arthur Fiedler
  • Engineer – Lewis Layton
  • Orchestra – Boston Pops Orchestra, The
  • Piano – Earl Wild
  • Producer – Richard Mohr

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25 thoughts on “Amazing HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue/An American in Paris (Wild)

  1. I was waiting for this release with great expectance. Very glad if finally arrived. 😀

    Boston Pops orchestra had a very good sound and a great cohesion both in RCA and Mercury recordings especially when playing in more “symphonic band” style. Earl Wild dismisses comments..

  2. imho. Execution in comparison with Leonard Bernstein (1958-1959, 1979 CBS Inc Vinyl) loses also a plate sound it was not pleasant

  3. Wow Gentlemen:
    Out of the four versions of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue I have, I rate this of Wild/Fiedler/BostonPops First by a nose, And Rach’s sound gives it the lead.

    If you want a second that is really Jazzy get Michael Tilson Thomas and the Los Angeles Phil Orch doing the Ferde Grofe first arrangement. That clarinetist is a Jazz clarinetist if I’ve ever heard one; and Thomas is just as jazzy. Californians in LA/Hollywood are not stuck like classical NYrs.

    Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops is good doing the original Paul Whiteman arrangement, but not nearly as inspired in the opening as the first two. Later, they really get with it!

    Then an interesting German rendition is Kurt Masur with the Leipzig GewandhausOrch. on DGG. Well done, but not up to the first two.

    Truly, Gershwin was a genius who died too young.

    Rach, I do not disagree with your commentor about Wild and Fiedler; but try the Tilson Thomas Jazz band style. The LA Philharmonic doesn’t sound like as big an orchestra as it is.

    I’m as happy as a “pig in slop” with this masterpiece.


  4. Thanks for this, Rach! Great stuff.

    And thanks to Bob for his thoughts on recordings of Gerswin. I had been looking for the great versions of Rhapsody, so cheers to you, sir.

  5. Thanks a lot – thanks a lot. Curious, though, as I am not really into Gershwin. Too much effect for my taste, but probably that’s what it’s about for some degree…

  6. It is indeed a bold statement you made about Bernstein’s version os the Rhapsody. Being prone, by now, to deffer to your better judgement, I am very anxious to hear this recording and compare. As always, my sincere thanks to you, dear Rachmaninov!

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