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
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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  • 51.
    Gershwin: An American In Paris, Etc;  Ravel / Roge, Billy, Vienna Rso
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 623 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé
    Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 52.
    American Classics / John Mauceri, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438663 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams,  Leonard Bernstein,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 53.
    The Kondrashin Recordings - Ravel, Gershwin
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438282 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Great American Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66086 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Alfred Newman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Gerhwin: An American In Paris, Catfish Row / Leonard Slatkin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64084 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Stöckigt, Masur, Leipzig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8543 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Siegfried Stöckigt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; (An) American In Paris
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 78768 Release Date: 05/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein,  André Previn,  Uan Rasey
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Pops By George - The Music Of Gershwin / Boston Pops
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426404 Release Date: 03/15/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Misha Dichter
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 59.
    The Art Of Charles Dutoit
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000771602 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Hector Berlioz,  Franz von Suppé,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 60.
    Hall Of Fame Vol 1 - Rose, Ellis, Anderson, Farnon
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5120 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Rose,  Clive Richardson,  Eric Coates,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Clive Richardson,  Stanley Black
    Conductor:  Morton Gould,  Charles Williams,  Robert Farnon,  Eric Coates  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  The Queen's Hall Light Orchestra  ... 
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  • 61.
    The Piano Music Of Gershwin / Geoffrey Douglas Madge
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 412 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge
    Conductor:  Ilya Stupel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artur Rubinstein State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Gomalan Brass Quintet - Swingin' Pool
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 432 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Quincy Jones,  Jorge Ben,  Luigi Tenco  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gomalan Brass Quintet
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  • 63.
    Dorati Conducts Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Et Al
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 000518902 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Bedrich Smetana,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    The Art Of Transcription - Gershwin / Himy
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2705 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Eric Himy
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  • 65.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Wild, Fiedler
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61393 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 66.
    The Fascinating George Gershwin / Angelov, Eschkenazy
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186021 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Ludmil Angelov,  George Pieterson,  Gregor Horsch  ... 
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  • 67.
    Classic Library - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60862 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Tacchino, Foster
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4608182 Release Date: 11/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Gershwin, Grofe, Bernstein / Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Columbia Symphony
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 90393 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ferde Grofé,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein,  John Corigliano Sr.,  Benny Goodman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Jazz Band
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  • 70.
    Gershwin Plays Rhapsody In Blue - First Recording 1924 From Rare Piano Rolls
    Label: Shout Factory   Catalog: 30120 Release Date: 05/13/2003  
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  J. Lawrence Cook,  Rudy Martin,  Max Kortlander,  George Gershwin  ... 
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  • 71.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Cuban Overture, Etc/ Dorati, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473844 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Essential Gershwin - 20 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472780 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Marielle Labčque,  Katia Labčque,  Patti Austin  ... 
    Conductor:  John Mauceri,  Arthur Fiedler,  Bernard Herrmann,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  London Festival Orchestra Ensemble  ... 
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  • 73.
    Russo: Street Music;  Gershwin / Ozawa, Corky Siegel, Et Al
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 961406 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  William Russo
    Performer:  Corky Siegel,  Jim Schwall,  Al Radford,  Shelly Plotkin
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  The Siegel-Schwall Band
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  • 74.
    Gershwin / Judd, New Zealand
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559107 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Russell Bennett,  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Historic Two-piano Wizardry - Morley & Gearhart Rediscovered
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 72004 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Egbert Anson Van Alstyne,  John Waldo Green,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Performer:  Virginia Morley,  Livingston Gearhart
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