Anima Eterna Brugge, Jos van Immerseel – Gershwin (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

(Last Updated On: June 23, 2022)

Anima Eterna Brugge, Jos van Immerseel – Gershwin (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:26:10 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Alpha Classics

It’s not rare for jazz musicians to venture into the world of baroque, often with great success: so, asks Jos van Immerseel – why not the other way around? And so he decided to record… Gershwin. With the original instrumentation and arrangements, on period instruments! Gershwin’s period, that is: not the period of sackbuts and cromornes. The piano used on Rhapsody in Blue was a 1906 Steinway; the piece was first orchestrated by Ferde Grofré in 1906 for a jazz band (Gershwin had dragged his feet and dawdled and the work was finally performed before the ink was dry: and even then, the piano part appears to have been almost completely improvised). Also present are the tranquil vision of an American in Paris as distilled by Immerseel; several songs by Claron McFarren, who is certainly not of that era, but whose voice cleaves closely to a recognisable North American inter-war style; while Gershwin’s Magnum Opus, Porgy and Bess, is presented as an orchestral suite. There is no accounting for taste, and everyone will form their own view of this baroque-jazz interpretation of the tradition. But whatever your own personal preferences, this is an experience not to be missed.

Tracklist:
1-01. Bart Van Caenegem – Catfish Row (Suite from Porgy & Bess) [Arr. S. Bowen]: I. Catfish Row (06:50)
1-02. Anima Eterna Brugge – Catfish Row (Suite from Porgy & Bess) [Arr. S. Bowen]: II. Porgy Sings (05:41)
1-03. Anima Eterna Brugge – Catfish Row (Suite from Porgy & Bess) [Arr. S. Bowen]: III. Fugue (01:58)
1-04. Anima Eterna Brugge – Catfish Row (Suite from Porgy & Bess) [Arr. S. Bowen]: IV. Hurricane (04:39)
1-05. Anima Eterna Brugge – Catfish Row (Suite from Porgy & Bess) [Arr. S. Bowen]: V. Good Mornin’ Sistuh! (08:38)
1-06. Claron McFadden – Porgy & Bess: Summertime (03:25)
1-07. Claron McFadden – By Strauss (From “The Show Is On”) (02:37)
1-08. Anima Eterna Brugge – An American in Paris (20:52)
1-09. Claron McFadden – Porgy & Bess: The Man I Love (04:38)
1-10. Claron McFadden – Porgy & Bess: My Man Is Gone Now (04:13)
1-11. Claron McFadden – I Got Rhythm (From “Girl Crazy”) (04:06)
1-12. Bart Van Caenegem – Rhapsody in Blue (Arr. F. Grofé & P. Whiteman) (18:26)

Personnel:
Anima Eterna
Jos Van Immerseel, piano
Claron McFadden, soprano
Bart Van Caenegem, piano

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