I watched Anchors Aweigh with some friends last week (an interesting dichotomy of stars: Gene Kelly is the dancer but sings only competently; Frank Sinatra sings beautifully but simply can’t keep up with Kelly in dance). What really got me was how liberally the movie sampled from classical music. I mean, Sinatra sings lyrics to Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto, for heaven’s sake.
Almost as good? Jose Iturbi leading 18 pianists in a Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody. Check out the curve of his fingers as he plays – I’m no pianist, but something tells me that’s not standard form.
Update: Sorry, guys, turns out this video isn’t embeddable; you’ll have to click the link provided when you hit play. I can’t seem to find another version! If anyone out there can, please email me! There’s a Medal of Violar in it for you!
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