Album: Katia and Marielle Labeque, Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Bernstein: West Side Story (KML)

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One misses the opening clarinet glissando to "Rhapsody in Blue", of course, but thereafter they furnish enough dextrous drama to satisfy, with delightful little jazzy touches, while the re-statement of the theme as a cakewalk is entirely in keeping with the mood and momentum of the piece.

Although stuffed with great tunes, it's the less well-known "Rock Blues" that particularly impresses, for the way the Labèques slant it to bring out the echoes of Gershwin, making the programme a harmonious whole.

DOWNLOAD THIS Rhapsody In Blue; Prologue; Jet Song; Rock Blues