Czech National Symphony Orchestra & Carl Davis – The Great Gatsby Ballet (2021) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Czech National Symphony Orchestra & Carl Davis – The Great Gatsby Ballet (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:14:02 minutes | 770 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Carl Davis Collection

In 1924 there occurred an extraordinary coincidence: George Gershwin composed his Rhapsody in Blue and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote his third novel The Great Gatsby. Gershwin’s score was bright, tuneful and optimistic. Fitzgerald’s novel was brilliant, funny and sad. Both defined the 1920’s as what Fitzgerald dubbed “The Jazz Age”. I knew and loved both book and music from a very early age. I had an opportunity to express this when in 2019 the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre commissioned a new score for a ballet based on the novel. I wanted this ballet to sound like an expensive Broadway musical of the period: a small group of strings but plenty of saxes, pinging brass and holding it together that jazz beat and the throb of the Blues, but I also had a story to tell and characters to delineate. The novel darts about in time, only gradually revealing Gatsby’s story. In choosing selections for concerts and CD, I chose to mix it up and look for a musical logic. I also wanted to pay tribute to the popular dances of the day: sentimental waltzes, the Argentine tango and Paso Doble, Foxtrots and above all, the Charleston but central to the book is the classic love story of Daisy Fay and Jay Gatsby. What starts as a wartime romance in 1917 ends tragically with their reunion five years later.


01. The Great Gatsby: King Charleston (Arr. C. Egan & J. Green)
02. The Great Gatsby: It’s You – Foxtrot (Arr. C. Egan & J. Green)
03. The Great Gatsby: The Green Light
04. The Great Gatsby: City of Steel and Concrete
05. The Great Gatsby: Marche pompeuse
06. The Great Gatsby: Valse americaine
07. The Great Gatsby: Twins (Arr. C. Egan & J. Green)
08. The Great Gatsby: Meet My Girl
09. The Great Gatsby: One of Those Dogs
10. The Great Gatsby: Chez Myrtle
11. The Great Gatsby: Old Sport
12. The Great Gatsby: Valse lente
13. The Great Gatsby: Beautiful Shirts
14. The Great Gatsby: A Graceful, Conservative Foxtrot (Arr. C. Egan & J. Green)
15. The Great Gatsby: Mirrors
16. The Great Gatsby: Tango grande
17. The Great Gatsby: Mr. Nobody from Nowhere – Paso doble (Arr. C. Egan & J. Green)
18. The Great Gatsby: Choices
19. The Great Gatsby: Despair and Death of Myrtle
20. The Great Gatsby: George’s Lament
21. The Great Gatsby: Around the Kitchen Table
22. The Great Gatsby: Finale. Shimmy (Arr. C. Egan & J. Green)