MICHAEL FINNISSY (b.1946): Gershwin Arrangements - How Long Has This Been Going On?, Things Are Looking Up, A Foggy Day in London Town, Love Is Here to Stay, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Shall We Dance?, They’re Writing Songs of Love, But Not For Me, Fidgety Feet, Embraceable You, Waiting for the Sun to Come Out, Innocent Ingénue Baby, Blah, Blah, Blah, Boy Wanted, Limehouse Nights, Wait a Bit, Susie, I’d Rather Charleston, Isn’t it Wonderful!, Nobody But You, Swanee, Dixie Rose, Someone Believes in You, Nashville Nightingale.
Catalogue Number: 06W068
Label: Piano Classics
Description: Finnissy’s near-encyclopedic knowledge of art music, as well as many other genres such as blues and jazz, allows him to pay affectionate homage to the object of his consideration, before raising the threat of its distortion and corruption. In most cases Gershwin’s famous melodies are, without serious alterations, recontextualized. The arrangements are rich and detailed with and a polyphonic web that is filled with layers of meaning. The results are consistently tense, funny and charming all at once.