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Rhapsody in Blue Reimagined [DSD EP] (World Premiere Recording)

Edmar Colon, Edwin Outwater, Great Wall Chinese Orchestra, Jeriel Sanjurjo, John Santos, Lara Downes, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra

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Exclusively Available in Stereo DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128 & DSD 64 at NativeDSD thanks to our signature Higher Rates Program. It is a Digital Only release, not available on Stereo CD or SACD disc.

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For her third release at NativeDSD, pianist Lara Downes is joined by Percussionist and Arranger Edmar Colon and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra conducted by Edwin Outwater in a new DSD EP of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue Reimagined.

This DSD EP Is Exclusively Available in Stereo DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128 & DSD 64 at NativeDSD thanks to our signature Higher Rates Program. It is a Digital Only release, not available on Stereo CD or SACD disc.

In February 1924, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was premiered in New York City, capturing the exuberant essence of what Gershwin called “a musical kaleidoscope of America.” 100 years later, American pianist Lara Downes reimagines Gershwin’s masterpiece to reflect on a century of immigration and transformation.

Downes has commissioned a radical new arrangement of Rhapsody In Blue by Puerto Rican composer Edmar Colón that reverberates with the multicultural, kaleidoscopic sounds of America today. Rhapsody In Blue Reimagined, a 30-minute piece featuring Downes at the piano, was recorded with the dynamic young musicians of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra.

An iconoclast and trailblazer, Lara Downes’s dynamic work as a sought-after soloist, Billboard chart-topping recording artist, radio show host, producer, curator, arts activist and advocate positions her as a cultural visionary.


Lara Downes, Pianist
Edmar Colon, Percussion & Arranger
Jeriel Sanjurjo, Percussion
John Santos, Percussion
Edwin Outwater, Conductor
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra
Great Wall Chinese Orchestra

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Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
1.
Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Edmar Colón)
27:20
2.
Commentary Track
08:16

Total time: 00:35:36

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Adam Abeshouse

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San Francisco Conservatory of Music, October 2023

Release DateFebruary 2, 2024

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