“Rhapsody In Blue” by Paul Whiteman and George Gershwin

rhapsody_in_blue_paul_whiteman_1927-250wpxWhat an inspired performance! I found this original performance of this classic at publicdomainreview.org. The former song-plugger turned composer wrote this song in 1924, and it still resonates today. I especially enjoy this version, and am very glad to share it with you.

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Oratorio Chorus – George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah chorus – Messiah”

Here is a fantastic early recording of the Hallelujah chorus, from Handel’s Messiah. Originally released on Edison Diamond Disc, (a format which pre-dated even the 78 RMP record!) this remarkable performance by a virtuoso oratorio chorus from 1916 is now available for us to enjoy as an mp3. George Frideric Handel could scarcely have known when he composed this masterpiece in 1741, that it would ever be recorded in any audio format – after all, they didn’t even have electricity yet! I expect he would be amused and delighted to know that anyone in the world can listen to this now.

London Philharmonic Orchestra – “Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5, in E-flat Major”

Here is a stellar performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5, in E-flat Major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”), by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by George Szell, featuring Benno Moiseivitch on piano. The audio quality is superb, especially when you consider this was recorded in 1938 and only much later transferred to a digital medium. Here are all three movements, in two high resolution mp3s. Magnificent.

I. Allegro

II. Adagio, III. Rondo