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