Weill-Gershwin classic in which 48 Russian composers are rattled off at breakneck speed,
a remarkable lesson in history, musicology and humanity.
Mark dissects Gershwin's lyrics, samples new songs, performs old evergreens
and flirts with contemporary styles which display distinct influences from Esoteric
Russian composers. Nadler offers musical fragments and instant analyses
(and in some cases personality profiles) of a good number of the 48 composers.
In between, he makes fanciful leaps of connection between his research and a
dozen first-rate songs by composers from Rogers and Hart to John Wallowitch
and Adam Guettal.