Album: Stefano Bollani, Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester, Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Piano Concerto in F (Decca)

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The resurgence of interest in Gershwin receives a further unusual fillip with this intriguing pairing of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Riccardo Chailly with Italian jazz pianist Stefano Bollani, best known for his work with Enrico Rava and his interest in Brazilian jazz.

The combination points up the intrinsic balance between the formal and the demotic that drives "Rhapsody in Blue", and works well, save for some rather over-aggressive percussive flourishes around the 12-minute mark. "Catfish Row", an abbreviated suite culled from Porgy and Bess, is exuberant and involving

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