The inimitable Oscar Levant - doing his friend George rather proud.

Oscar Levant Plays Gershwin Live At The Hollywood Bowl – 1950 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

The inimitable Oscar Levant – doing his friend George rather proud.

Click on the Link: L.A. Phil. – Hollywood Bowl – 1950 – Part 1
Click on the Link: L.A. Phil – Hollywood Bowl 1950 – Part 2

Breaking from the customary concert from Europe this week, I thought I would dive into some Americana by way of a classic and previously unavailable concert featuring the legendary Oscar Levant on Piano with The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Artur Rodzinski, recorded live at The Hollywood Bowl on July 25, 1950.

A truly memorable concert – Levant not only gives a wonderful performance of the Gershwin Concerto in F, but also offers a string of encores that include a solo performance of the Rhapsody In Blue. Other rarities on this complete concert, is the first performance on the West coast of the George Antheil Symphony Number 5. An extraordinary and almost-never-played work by an important American composer of the 20th Century.

A great concert all the way around. Here is what’s on the players:

Top Player (Part 1) – Barber: School For Scandal Overture
George Antheil: Symphony Number 5.
Bottom Player (Part 2) – Gershwin: Concerto In F (with Oscar Levant) + encores.
Jerome Kern: Showboat Suite.

Enjoy and tell your friends.

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7 Responses

  1. fremaux123 says:

    The Antheil -among others- is a rarity…..
    would be great if the download links should be available: is that too much asking?

    • gordonskene says:

      I will go in and change that. I’m sorry! I thought you were able to download from the site, but I wasn’t familiar with the audio player on the new site and didn’t realize it was the wrong box. I did that to most of the posts until about two weeks ago when I made the discovery. You should be able to download it shortly.

  2. fremaux123 says:

    Thanks again. I do appreciate.
    I am a big fan of all your posts that I follow for a long time…….
    I’m so glad they go on, via this web site.

  3. Perko says:

    The Levant performances are incredible! I only listened to the second half and I’ll have to listen to the first later. I just wanted to thank you for posting this.