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21 May 2024
American Dreams

George Gershwin is without doubt one of the most influential composers ever to come out of the American musical scene. He had an uncanny knack of combining popular song with classical compositional technique. In addition to Broadway musicals and comedies he wrote an opera (Porgy & Bess), a piano concerto, a tone poem (An American in Paris) and two rhapsodies for piano and orchestra. He died at the age of 38 after undergoing an operation for a malignant brain tumour. This was a huge loss to 20th century music - who knows what he would have achieved had he lived longer - but his body of work ensures a place in the list of all-time great composers.

This recording of pieces for solo piano - subtitled American Dreams - features Rhapsody in Blue, Three Preludes, and transcriptions of several classic songs and pieces - many of which are now classed as jazz standards. Many of the arrangements are by Gershwin himself - together with those by Percy Grainger, Maurice Whitney and Henry Levine.

Three bonus tracks are also included from the Gershwin Songbook (arranged for piano and orchestra by Hershy Kay) and feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Simon Lee.


George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me

George Gershwin: The Man I Love

George Gershwin: I Got Rhythm

George Gershwin: Three Preludes

I. No.1

II. No.2

III. No.3

George Gershwin: Summertime (Porgy and Bess)

George Gershwin: Who Cares

George Gershwin: My One and Only

George Gershwin: I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise

George Gershwin: Embraceable You (arr. Henry Levine)

George Gershwin: Somebody Loves Me

George Gershwin: That Certain Feeling

George Gershwin: Sweet and Lowdown

George Gershwin: S'wonderful

George Gershwin: An American in Paris (arr. Maurice Whitney - abridged version)

Recorded at St John the Evangelist, Oxford on 6th January 2016
Design: Ivo Christov
Producer and Engineer: Tony Faulkner
Total Time: 
Release Date: May 2019

Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Marla Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Vlv Mclean has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Ja pan,Australia and the USA.

Vlv's concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philhannonla Orchestra, London Philhannonlc Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, English 
Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, London Concert Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra and
the National Symphony Orchestra.

Recent conceno h lghlights include Mozat K. 467 with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Grieg with the London Philhannonic Orchestra at the Barbican, a tour of the USA with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin, Rachmaninov's Third Concerto with the RPO In Cambrldge, Gershwin, Bernstein, Falla and RaveI with the Hallé at the Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead and other venues in the North of England, and Beethoven's Fifth Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall.

Viv has perfonned chamber music with such leading groups as the Addelbury Ensemble, Ysaye String Quanet, the Sacconi String Quanet, Callino String Quanet, Ensemble 360, the Gaillard Wind Ensemble, the Bristol Ensemble and the Leopold String Trio and has collaborated with such musicians as David Charles Abell, Owain Aiwell Hughes, Natalie Cleln, Carl Davis, Richard Dubugnon, Sarah Gabriel, Christopher George, Kate Gould, Maivin Hamllsch Philip Hesketh, Daniel Hope, Guy Johnston, Wayne Marshall David Le Page, Alena Lugovkina, Lawrence Power, Matthew Sharp, Marianne Thorsen and Christo­pher Warren-Green.

The festivals at which he has performed include the Cheltenham International Festival, Buxton Festlval and Harrogate Festlval in the UK, the International Beethoven Festival, Mecklenburg Festival and the Kultur Kreis Festlval in Gennany, the Fstival lnternatlonal de Musique Classlque d'Aigues-Mones, the Melle Fstival and Festival de Salntes in France, the Vfnterfestspill i Bergstaden in Noiway and the Musik vid Kattegatt Festival in Sweden. Since 2013 he has been pianist-in-residence at the Glossop Music Festival. Viv studied from an earty age with Ruth Nye and after attending Chetham•s School of Music he went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne. At the Academy he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recltal debut through winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. While still a student at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competitlon and was selected as one of three winners of the National Federation of M usic Societies' Young Artists Competi­tion, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout Great Britain.

Viv has recorded frequently for BBC Radio 3 since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded for Classic FM, WDR in Gennany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK in Noiway and for the Sky Arts television channel. His commercial releases include recordings for such labE!ls as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, Nimbus, RPO Records and ICSM Records.

ICSM 011     View Booklet     UPC: 5060399880169     

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