George Gershwin

Biography

Born: 1898   Died: 1937   Country: USA   Period: 20th Century
In a career tragically cut short in mid-stride by a brain tumor, George Gershwin (1898-1937) proved himself to be not only one of the great songwriters of his extremely rich era, but also a gifted "serious" composer who bridged the worlds of classical and popular music. The latter is all the more striking, given that, of his contemporaries, Gershwin was the most influenced by such styles as jazz and blues.

Gershwin's first
Read more major hit, interpolated into the show Sinbad in 1919, was "Swanee," sung by Al Jolson. Gershwin wrote both complete scores and songs for such variety shoes as George White's Scandals (whose annual editions thus were able to introduce such songs as "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" and "Somebody Loves Me").

After 1924, Gershwin worked primarily with his brother Ira as his lyricist. The two scored a series of Broadway hits in the '20s and early '30s, starting with Lady Be Good (1924), which included the song "Fascinatin' Rhythm." 1924 was also the year Gershwin composed his first classical piece, "Rhapsody in Blue," and he would continue to work in the classical field until his death.

By the '30s, the Gershwins had turned to political topics and satire in response to the onset of the Depression, and their Of Thee I Sing became the first musical to win a Pulitzer Prize. In the mid '30s, Gershwin ambitiously worked to meld his show music and classical leanings in the creation of the folk opera Porgy and Bess, with lyrics by Ira and Dubose Heyward. The Gershwins had moved to Hollywood and were engaged in several movie projects at the time of George Gershwin's death. Read less
Ives: Symphony No 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Morlot
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra  
Catalog: 1003   Number of Discs: 1
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Hummel, Gershwin, Elgar  /  Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10477   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: An American in Paris

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  • 1.
    George Gershwin
    Label: Gia   Catalog: 936 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  William Black,  Kimberly Cole Luevano
    Conductor:  Eugene Corporon
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    Reconstructions
    Label: Gia   Catalog: 934 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott McAllister,  George Gershwin,  Artie Shaw,  Kevin Walczyk
    Performer:  Mark Nuccio,  Chris McWilliams,  Colin Campbell,  Andrew Bezik  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Texas Wind Symphony
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    Ives: Symphony No 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Morlot
    Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Elliott Carter,  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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  • 5.
    America!: Gershwin, From Broadway To The Concert Hall
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908541 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Frank Braley,  Jon Manasse,  Jon Nakamatsu,  Michael Sheppard  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Richman,  Jeff Tyzik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble New York
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  • 6.
    La Folie Americaine! - Dvorak, Gershwin, Bernstein, Barber, Copland, Glass, Adams
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564634485 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Philip Glass,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  David Zinman,  John McGlinn,  Simon Rattle  ... 
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    An American In Paris / Tamsin Waley-cohen, Huw Watkins
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 59 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Huw Watkins,  Tamsin Waley-Cohen
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  • 9.
    Gershwin: Piano Meets Percussion
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 91226 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Johanna Grobner,  Veronika Trisko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piano Meets Percussion
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    Gershwin: Piano Works / Frank Braley
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501883 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Frank Braley
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  • 11.
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 1139364 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  John Williams,  Howard Shore,  Vangelis  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Doherty,  Mark Ayres,  Sally Herbert,  Roger Woodward  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Summerbell,  Zubin Mehta,  Nic Raine,  Paul Bateman  ... 
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  • 12.
    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001831802 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern,  Alban Berg,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Helga Pilarczyk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mihaly Székely,  Olga Szönyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    Label: Sony   Catalog: 3710032 Release Date: 05/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  George Gershwin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
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    Edition Klavier-festival Ruhr, Vol. 29: Frankreich, Amerika & Neue Musik
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553273 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Bertrand Chamayou,  Ya-Fei Chuang,  Robert D. [American Pianist] Levin,  Eva Vogel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gershwin Quartett (String Quartet)
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  • 15.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Concerto In F; An American In Paris
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 332882 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn,  Gervase de Peyer
    Conductor:  André Previn
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Piano Concerto; An American In Paris
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706602 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn
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    Arturo Toscanini - The Complete RCA Collection [84 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 791631 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 85
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Eileen Farrell,  Nan Merriman,  Jan Peerce,  Norman Scott  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    Brain Rubbish / Swedish Wind Ensemble
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1958 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adam Gorb,  Christian Lindberg,  George Gershwin,  Bernardo Adam-Ferrero
    Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Wind Ensemble
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  • 19.
    Gershwin: An American In Paris;   Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571205 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ferde Grofé
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; An American In Paris; Piano Concerto In F
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1386 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Eugene List
    Conductor:  Howard Hanson,  Antal Doráti
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  • 21.
    Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Liza Ferschtman, Mario Venzago
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72530 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Liza Ferschtman
    Conductor:  Mario Venzago
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris, The Man I Love / Tilson Thomas, Kostelantz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64349 Release Date: 06/27/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin,  Harold Jones,  Sarah Vaughan,  George Gaffney  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Morton Gould,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Great American Showpieces
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48952 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Eduardo Mata
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  • 24.
    Gershwin / K. & M. Labeque, Chailly, Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001546202 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Robert Russell Bennett
    Performer:  Katia Labčque,  Marielle Labčque,  Ralph Votapek,  Peter Jablonski  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Arthur Fiedler,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  John Mauceri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Gershwin: An American in Paris / Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1419 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
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