Valentine’s Day. Music for Shakespeare’s star-crossed/tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet – by Berlioz (‘Scène d’amour’, conducted by Riccardo Muti); Tchaikovsky (Leonard Bernstein); and Prokofiev (‘Dance of the Knights’, Leonard Slatkin).

Valentine’s Day. Music for Shakespeare’s star-crossed/tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet – by Berlioz (‘Scène d’amour’, conducted by Riccardo Muti); Tchaikovsky (Leonard Bernstein); and Prokofiev (‘Dance of the Knights’, Leonard Slatkin).

Edward Johnson writes… “I’m reminded by the new BBC TV series of The Apprentice, in which a bunch of idiots are set impossible tasks by Lord Sugar, that the title music is Prokofiev’s ‘Dance of the Knights’. Leonard devised an excellent...
Column Post 7,300. One-hundred years ago on this date, the premiere of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, played by the composer with the work’s commissioner Paul Whiteman conducting Ferde Grofé’s scoring (he would make further Blue arrangements) at Aeolian Hall, New York City. | The first recording. Jorge Bolet. Siegel & Slatkin. Leonard Bernstein & NY Philharmonic at Royal Albert Hall.

Column Post 7,300. One-hundred years ago on this date, the premiere of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, played by the composer with the work’s commissioner Paul Whiteman conducting Ferde Grofé’s scoring (he would make further Blue arrangements) at Aeolian Hall, New York City. | The first recording. Jorge Bolet. Siegel & Slatkin. Leonard Bernstein & NY Philharmonic at Royal Albert Hall.

George Gershwin (1898-1937) The first recording of Rhapsody in Blue. George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue played by Jorge Bolet with Paul Whiteman conducting the Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra. Recorded in 1961. 1976 – New York Philharmonic at Royal Albert...
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I was cheered this morning by Edward Clark leaving a message on a post dated January 2020. Good to know that elderly Column articles can still be found and may be of interest. I promised you death… (Due to formatting changes, it may be that the Classical Source...