Friday, August 19, 2011
Concerto in F
So this week's podcast focused on music from a piano and I can't think of piano without thinking of the brilliant Oscar Levant. Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration as I think of pianos a LOT and Oscar only often. But you know what I mean.
In An American in Paris, my favorite scenes (beside the Gene Kelly and the kids scene) are the Oscar Levant scenes - the This Time It's Really Love, By Strauss and this one, Concerto in F. If you've read other entries by me and even the occasional interview, you know I have a weakness for Gene Kelly so the fact that my favorite scenes in a movie with him are the ones with Oscar Levant is pretty telling. George Gershwin was once asked who played his music the best and he said "Oscar Levant." Well, click on the pic (the post-er didn't allow embedding) and you see!
I especially love the part in the music at 2:35 and where the Oscar Levant audience member shows his appreciation of the performance - hilarious!