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  UDSACD 4007
  Gershwin: An American in Paris - Slatkin
  Gershwin: An American in Paris, Cayfish Row, Promenade, Rhapsody In Blue, Cuban Overture

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Reviews: 2

Review by analogue February 27, 2009 (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
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If you like Gershwin and are familiar with thses songs I can highly recommend this sacd to you. Mobile Fidelity has done a masterful job of transferring this from the original master tapes.

The performance on these tracks are fantastic. This sacd sounds very realistic, warm and has a very excellent soundstage. It is also very relaxing to listen to even in the more powerful passages. It reminds me of a vinyl record in that regard. Just warm and mellow and so relaxing.

This is classic... great music from a period that has long since past. But the Gershwin gift is still evident even today.

A beautiful way to relax while listening to classic popular music. And maybe even while sipping some wine at night.

Highly recommended.

Great work Mofi.

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Review by Jonalogic July 14, 2010 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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Catch this before it disappears for good. It's a great example of what SACD - at its best - can do. The Nickrenz/Aubort/Elite recordings from the 1970's include some of the very finest sounding recordings ever committed to analog tape. And this is no exception. This one is slightly odd- it includes a superbly naturally presented orchestra (presumably from their normal setup of 4-across-the-stage Schoeps mikes), plus some crazily spot lit- but very transparent percussion. It shouldn't really work, but it does- both in stereo (my preferred format) and multi-channel.

SACD buffs will know that the superb MoFi classical recuts are now exchanging hands for silly prices. Listen to this, and you will see why.

And the performances? The young Slatkin has more panache and drive, seemingly, than his older incarnation, and the orchestra responds superbly and idiomatically. The only fly in the ointment is the Rhapsody, where I find Siegel's playing mannered and just a bit too slow. But that's just me.

It's not enough to spoil an SACD you can play to your mates and amaze them.

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Works: 5  

George Gershwin - An American in Paris
George Gershwin - Catfish Row
George Gershwin - Cuban Overture
George Gershwin - Promenade
George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue