Phantasy in Blue: Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Falla, Shostakovich | Hyperion CDA68419

Phantasy in Blue: Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Falla, Shostakovich


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68419

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd June 2023



Playful yet serious, imaginative yet true to the spirit of the originals – Alban Gerhardt and the inimitable Alliage Quintett offer a wholly new perspective on a variety of favourites drawn from the cello's established repertoire and beyond.


This is audibly a hugely enjoyable collaborative venture, the mellow warmth of the four saxophones and the contrasted tonal colouring of Jang Eun Bae’s piano providing a surprisingly convincing support for Gerhardt in the Tchaikovsy
The pièce de la résistance is Malzew’s arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody – now Phantasy­ in Blue, an inspired instrumental synthesis: raucous, sassy, percussive and truly in the spirit of the jazz age. The cello steals the clarinet’s opening solo and gradually invades the piano’s position. It works. Malzew hits the jackpot with a chamber version of a classic score to knock out a summer festival audience.
BBC Music Magazine

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