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
Gershwin, Ravel, Debussy / O'Riley, Wordsworth, Royal PO
Release Date: 08/11/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28050   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F / Katia & Marielle Labeque
Release Date: 07/27/2010   Label: Newton Classics  
Catalog: 8802004   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Liza Ferschtman, Mario Venzago
Release Date: 02/14/2012   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72530   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: An American in Paris

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Cuban Overture, Etc / Marshall
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62056 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
    Conductor:  Wayne Marshall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Original Jacket Collection - Leonard Bernstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89750 Release Date: 12/04/2001   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Jean Sibelius,  Gustav Mahler,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Raymond Sabinsky,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Gershwin - Orchestral Works / Wild, Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca 24/96 Sound Dimension   Catalog: 68019 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    The Best Of Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, I Got Rhythm, Etc
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80542 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  John O'Conor,  William Tritt,  Harolyn Blackwell
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 82.
    Ultraviolet - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue;  Bernstein / Waart
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 61194 Release Date: 12/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Bernstein
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469139 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  André Previn,  David Finck,  Werner Haas  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Eliahu Inbal,  Edo De Waart,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 84.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris Etc / Ivan Davis Et Al
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4674102 Release Date: 09/04/2000  
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Ivan Davis
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue / An American In Paris
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4581742 Release Date: 08/01/1999  
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Copland: Four Piano Blues, Etc;  Gershwin / Mark Anderson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5585 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Mark Anderson
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  • 87.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F, Etc / Previn
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66943 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn,  Gervase de Peyer
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Label: Avid Classical Masters   Catalog: 642 Release Date: 12/15/1998  
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  George Gershwin
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  • 89.
    The Fantastic World Of George Gershwin / Jeffrey Reid Baker
    Label: Jrb   Catalog: 9003 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeffrey Reid Baker,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Reid Baker
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  • 90.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Maazel, Fiedler
    Label: Penguin Classics   Catalog: 460612 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Ivan Davis
    Conductor:  Frank Chacksfield,  Arthur Fiedler,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Historic Gershwin Recordings
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63276 Release Date: 10/13/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Morton Gould,  Lawrence Tibbett,  Helen Jepson
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Morton Gould,  Alexander Smallens,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Morton Gould Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    Gershwin: Complete Orchestral Collection / Erich Kunzel
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80445 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  William Tritt,  Tim Berens,  Stewart Goodyear
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Central State University Chorus
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  • 93.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Stanley Black
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448953 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Stanley Black
    Conductor:  Robert Farnon,  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Bernstein Century - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc;  Grofe
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63086 Release Date: 10/28/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferde Grofé,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  John Corigliano Sr.,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Gershwin - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3619 Release Date: 07/22/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Alicia Zizzo,  Russell Sherman,  George Gershwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winnipeg Pops Orchestra,  Rochester Pops,  Orchestra of the Americas  ... 
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  • 96.
    Rhapsody In Blue / Arthur Fiedler, Earl Wild, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68792 Release Date: 06/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 97.
    Gershwin: Dayful Of Song / Litton, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3216 Release Date: 05/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Andrew Litton,  Stephen Girko
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Gershwin: An American In Paris, Etc;  Grofé / Ormandy
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 62402 Release Date: 04/16/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferde Grofé,  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Rhapsody In Brass - George Gershwin / Munich Brass
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 306931 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Giuseppe Solera,  Norman Shelter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Brass Ensemble
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  • 100.
    An Evening With The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68860 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Carmen Dragon,  Miklós Rózsa,  Earl Bernard Murray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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