Picks and Pans Review: Classic Gershwin

updated 01/25/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/25/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

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Another collection culled from released recordings, this one accentuates the serious side of Gershwin's music. From the composer's own 1925 piano roll version of Rhapsody in Blue to Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the overture to Porgy and Bess, the record swells with timeless delights. Listen, for instance, to the Gershwin medley Woody Allen used in his 1979 film Manhattan, with Zubin Mehta conducting the New York Philharmonic, and hear a city's unceasing, romantic rush. France's capital received a similarly vivid salute in Gershwin's An American in Paris, conducted here by Leonard Bernstein. The incomparable merging of the Gershwin brothers' music and lyrics is also celebrated in Cleo Laine's singing of Embraceable You and Sarah Vaughan's medley from Porgy and Bess. Jean-Pierre Rampal on flute (Liza) and John Williams on guitar (A Foggy Day) are among the other celebrants. (CBS)

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