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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 By Grofe - Original Orchestrations & Arrangements
Release Date: 04/13/2010   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907492   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Strike Up The Band Overture; Promenade / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic
Release Date: 06/25/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559750   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin / Judd, New Zealand
Release Date: 05/21/2002   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559107   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Piano Concerto In F, Etc / Nakamatsu, Et Al
Release Date: 05/08/2007   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807441   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Concerto In F, Rhapsody No 2, I Got Rhythm Variations  / Orion Weiss
Release Date: 02/28/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559705   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Rhapsody in Blue

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  • 26.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Concerto In F; An American In Paris
    Label: Warner 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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  • 27.
    Gershwin At The Keyboard / Ivar Anton Waagaard
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Ivar Anton Waagaard
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  • 28.
    Le Maestro De La Trompette
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Michael Carr,  Charles Trenet  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  J. Faustin,  Jacques Denjean
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  • 29.
    Rhapsody in Blue / Benjamin Grosvenor
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001761002 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Benjamin Grosvenor
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Essential 20th Century Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234372 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Cécile Ousset,  Peter Donohoe,  Stomu Yamashta  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Simon Rattle,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
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  • 31.
    Eugene Ormandy Conducts 20th Century Classics
    Label: Sony (Nax615)   Catalog: 417202 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Van Cliburn,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Mendelssohn Club Chorus Philadelphia,  Rutgers University Chorus
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  • 32.
    George Gershwin / The Gents, Csillag, Zomer, Haags Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 33312 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Johannette Zomer
    Conductor:  Béni Csillag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents,  Haags Saxophone Quartet
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  • 33.
    Gershwin: Songbook, Rhapsody In Blue / Michael Endres
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 418 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michael Endres
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  • 34.
    Rhapsody In Swing
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93282 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Louis Nestico,  George Gershwin,  Edward "Duke" Ellington
    Performer:  Axel Kuhn,  Klaus Wagenleiter,  Marc Godfroid,  Wayne Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Wayne Marshall
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  • 35.
    The Jazz Album / Simon Rattle, London Sinfonietta
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 636556 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Darius Milhaud,  George Gershwin,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Collins,  John Harle,  Peter Donohoe
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  London Sinfonietta
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  • 36.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto In F, Second Rhapsody / Litton, Kempf, Bergen Philharmonic
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1940 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Freddy Kempf
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Essential American Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27851 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Louis M. Gottschalk,  Stephen Foster,  Edward MacDowell,  Scott Joplin  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario,  Salli Terri,  Molly Mason,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Leonard Slatkin,  Neil Richardson,  John McGlinn  ... 
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  • 39.
    Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501056 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar,  Idil Biret,  Eldar Nebolsin  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Mátyás Antal,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antoni Wit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Sergei Nakariakov - Trumpet & Orchestra  [6-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 993672 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  André Jolivet,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Nakariakov
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Hugh Wolff,  Jörg Faerber,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn  ... 
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  • 41.
    Sergei Nakariakov - Trumpet & Piano [3-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 672094 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Vassily Brandt,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Markovich,  Sergei Nakariakov
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  • 42.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue / Andre Previn, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027425 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Icon - Alexis Weissenberg: The Champagne Pianist
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6790862 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Alexis Weissenberg
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Herbert von Karajan,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 45.
    Music & Painters - Music Of The Era Of Monet, Chagall, Courbet & Picasso
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5283 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Gastinel,  Daniel Blumenthal,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Noel Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Alain Lombard,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kasbek Ensemble,  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 46.
    Trumpet In Blue
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 105231 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Daniel Guyot,  Leonard Bernstein,  Guy Touvron
    Performer:  Guy Touvron,  Chantal Riou,  Hervé Moreau,  Michel Glasko  ... 
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  • 47.
    The Legacy Of George Gershwin / United States Army Field Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 63402 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Philip Sparke,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Jennifer Everhart,  Robert McIver Jr.,  Meghan Whittier
    Conductor:  Thomas H. Palmatier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Field Band,  Marcus Roberts Trio
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  • 48.
    Joanna Macgregor Plays Gershwin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 678306 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Cole Porter,  Jerome Kern,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Joanna MacGregor
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Bernstein: West Side Story
    Label: Kml Recordings   Catalog: 1121 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Raphaël Séguinier,  Gonzalo Grau  ... 
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