George Gershwin


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

Work: Rhapsody in Blue

Browse 1-25 of 214 Available Recordings
1 2 ... 8 9
  • 1.
    Julius Katchen: The Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002543002 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Julius Katchen,  Thea King
    On sale! $111.98
    CD: $103.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $111.98   CD:  $103.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 2.
    New York Rhapsody / Lang Lang
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 533292 Release Date: 09/16/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Guy Garvey,  Alicia Keys,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Jason Isbell,  Andra Day,  Herbie Hancock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
    On sale!
    CD: $13.99
    In Stock
    On sale!     CD:  $13.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 3.
    Last Night of the Proms / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog: 009 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  John Philip Sousa,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Lucy Parham
    Conductor:  Philip Ellis,  David Arnold,  Robin Stapleton,  Owain Arwel Hughes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    CD: $29.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $29.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 4.
    Rhapsody / Matsuev, Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900146 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  George Gershwin,  George Enescu,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 5.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto, Variations on
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 260 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Mark Bebbington
    Conductor:  Leon Botstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    CD: $29.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $29.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 6.
    Andre Watts: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 511979 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  André Watts
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Thomas Schippers,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Seiji Ozawa
    CD: $34.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $34.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 7.
    Discover Piano Classics
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300719 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Erik Satie,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Andrej Hoteev,  Jeroen van Veen,  Matthias Kirschnereit  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    CD: $11.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 8.
    Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Gershwin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875170082 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Audra McDonald,  Brian Stokes Mitchell,  Michael Tilson Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Jazz Band,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
    CD: $25.49
    In Stock
    CD:  $25.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 9.
    The Oberlin Orchestra in China
    Label: Oberlin Music   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Qi Ming Lu,  Lu Zheng,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Rosenkranz
    Conductor:  Bridget-Michaele Reischl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oberlin Orchestra
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 10.
    Tutti: Orchestral Arrangements for Piano Four Hands / Shelest Piano Duo
    Label: Sorel Classics   Catalog: 002 Release Date: 05/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shelest Piano Duo
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 11.
    Simon Rattle & His Soloists: The CBSO Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555058 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Nigel Kennedy,  Lynn Harrell,  Marielle Labčque  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
    On sale! $49.98
    CD: $47.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $49.98   CD:  $47.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 12.
    Gershwin: Orchestrations by Grofe - Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn / Harmonie Ensemble
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907677 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Lincoln Mayorga,  Alfred Gallodoro
    Conductor:  Steven Richman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble
    CD: $13.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $13.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 13.
    Manhattan Intermezzo / Biegel, Brown University Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573490 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Neil Sedaka,  Keith Emerson,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel
    Conductor:  Paul Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brown University Orchestra
    CD: $12.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $12.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 14.
    Rhapsody in Blue / Mailley-Smith
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith
    On sale! $21.98
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $21.98   CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 15.
    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
    CD: $325.49
    In Stock
    CD:  $325.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 16.
    Earl Wild: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 503074 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Franz Xaver Scharwenka,  Mily Balakirev,  Nikolai Medtner  ... 
    Performer:  Pasquale Cardillo,  Earl Wild,  Robert Bloom
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    CD: $39.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $39.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 17.
    Happy Go Lucky
    Label: Klanglogo   Catalog: 1516 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Burhan Ocal,  Howard Griffiths,  Giulietta Koch,  Istanbul Oriental Ensemble  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Istanbul Oriental Ensemble
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 18.
    Label: Cag   Catalog: 5638525722 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergey Rachmaninov,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Daria Rabotkina
    Conductor:  Alexander Sladkovsky
    CD: $15.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 19.
    Preludes & Rhapsodies
    Label: Fidelio Musique   Catalog: 49 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin,  Johannes Brahms
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buzz Ensemble
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 20.
    Rhapsody In Blue
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 91510 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Isaac Albeniz,  Mark Glentworth,  Allen Shawn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blue Chamber Quartet
    SuperAudio CD: $19.99
    In Stock
    SuperAudio CD:  $19.99 Add to Cart

  • 21.
    Seiji Ozawa: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564613951 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Béla Bartók,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Michel Béroff,  Masuko Ushioda  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Japan Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    On sale! $65.98
    CD: $64.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $65.98   CD:  $64.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 22.
    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
    CD: $213.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $213.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 23.
    Licorice Rhapsody
    Label: New Focus   Catalog: 6816 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Dan Cooper,  Valerie Coleman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ny Licorice Ensemble
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 24.
    Broadway-Lafayette - Ravel, Lasser, Gershwin / Simone Dinnerstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503245 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Philip Lasser,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
    On sale!
    CD: $7.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $11.98   CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 25.
    Rhapsody / Eric Aubier
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 73 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Henri Tomasi,  Alexander Arutiunian,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Stephane Gourvat,  Eric Aubier
    Conductor:  François Boulanger,  Roger Boutry
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

1 2 ... 8 9