January 18, 2024

Richard Galliano’s Lifelong Dream: A Remarkable Rendition of Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

Pentatone releases Rhapsody in Blue EP, together with accordionist Richard Galliano, in February 2024.

Gershwin’s Masterpiece, Performed by an Accordion Trailblazer

One of the greatest accordionists of our time, Richard Galliano presents Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, fulfilling a lifelong dream of his. He first performed this piece at the age of 17 and was immediately fascinated by the power and beauty of the work. Finally, Galliano shares his interpretation of the Rhapsody, commemorating the centenary anniversary of this epochmaking piece. His version reflects a true tour de force, propelled by his immense talent and his insatiable passion for music.

“It’s a childhood dream… I knew I would record it one day, having been convinced that the challenge would be immense. Playing this piece requires a long musical and human experience, an expression of the artist. It is necessary to master technique and virtuosity while having the capacity to transmit deep feelings… It is an exercise in precision and mastery.

Music is my life. it’s what makes me want to get up in the morning, it’s what allows me to express myself and communicate with others.”

Richard Galliano

Digital Release Date: 9 FEBRUARY 2024

Richard Galliano will present a full album to be released later in 2024 by PENTATONE, featuring a collection of George Gershwin’s greatest hits – including this version of Rhapsody in Blue – performed on Galliano’s signature accordion.

Released in digital formats for streaming and high-resolution downloads.