May 2001Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
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Piano Music - Remembrance and Discovery Vol. 2

Richard Glazier (piano) CENTAUR CRC 2486 [63:31]
Crotchet  AmazonUK   AmazonUS

Richard Glazier admits to a lifelong passion for the music of George Gershwin and tells us, in his lucid booklet notes, that he met, when he was twelve years old, the composer's brother and lyricist, Ira Gershwin who greatly inspired him. His love and dedication to the music of Gershwin is apparent in every bar of these interpretations of some of the best loved melodies of the 20th century and in the piano version of Rhapsody in Blue.

Glazier plays a number of transcriptions of the songs including a rare paraphrase of 'Soon' from Strike Up the Band by Maurice C. Whitney that remains faithful to the tune while creating new textures, inner voices and harmonies reminiscent of Rachmaninov's piano music; and arrangements for piano by Stan Freeman of 'But Not for Me',' Someone to Watch Over Me' and 'Who Cares'. Other melodies played include: 'I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise'; 'Rialto Ripples'; 'For You for Me Forever More'; and 'Love is Here to Stay.'

Glazier's reading of the piano version of Rhapsody in Blue is big-boned and Romantic and perfectly satisfactory as a listening experience without the usual orchestral backup.

In his notes he pays tribute to the Oscar Levant performance of the Rhapsody that introduced him to the music of Gershwin

Ian Lace

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