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January 10, 2012

Gershwin plays "I Got Rhythm"

Rare footage recorded live at the opening of the Manhattan Theatre in New York City in August, 1931.

[via Richard Kashdan]

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That is so great! Rambunctious, joyous. I love the spin he puts on the right hand part at 0:39 ("old man trouble, I don't mind him, you won't find him", etc.). I wish he hadn't died so young...what a loss.

I love hearing composers playing their own works - here's a good one for anyone interested: Shostakovich playing his Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major. I say playing, it's more like blazing and snorting through it - great fun. But the second (Andante) movement, moving along as it does, is the most heartbreakingly beautiful I've ever heard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTSr2oz15Xk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHpmHhi1Rxk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JkOaTYvd5w

Posted by: Flautist | Jan 11, 2012 4:47:37 PM

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