JYT to appear in NYPhil’s NYE gala!

December 24 2011

On December 31, 2011, Jean-Yves Thibaudet will perform with the New York Philharmonic for its PBS-televised New Year’s Eve Gala. He will play the Gershwin Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue, works he recorded on his most recent album, “Gershwin”, for Decca. Both Concerto in F (arr. Ferde Grofé, 1928, for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra) and Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Ferde Grofé, 1924, for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra) are presented on this live recording with the Baltimore Symphony in their “jazz band” orchestrations, as opposed to the more familiar versions performed by traditional orchestras. “People ask if the piece is jazz, classical or both,” writes Thibaudet of Rhapsody in Blue, “but the underlying jazz element really belongs to this great work, and this Grofé orchestration gives the Gershwin piece the flavor that it should have.” Gershwin’s own orchestration of Variations on ‘I Got Rhythm’ completes the disc.