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

Work: Concerto for Piano in F major

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  • 1.
    Julius Katchen: The Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002543002 Release Date: 09/02/2016   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Julius Katchen,  Thea King
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto, Variations on
    Label: Somm   Catalog: SOMMCD 260-2 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Mark Bebbington
    Conductor:  Leon Botstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 3.
    Pas de dieux & Soire de fete / Ballet Nice Mediterranee
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 127 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Léo Delibes
    Conductor:  David Garforth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nice Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 4.
    Romantic Piano Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95300 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Baptist Cramer,  Carl Czerny,  Ferdinand Ries,  Muzio Clementi  ... 
    Performer:  Akiko Sagara,  Michael Ponti,  Maria Littauer,  Felicja Blumental  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Cao,  Paul Angerer,  Alois Springer,  Alberto Zedda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Southwest German Chamber Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    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  ... 
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  • 6.
    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
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    Philips Classics: The Stereo Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002445602 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink,  Raymond Leppard,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 8.
    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  ... 
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    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  ... 
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    Helene Grimaud: The Complete Warner Classics Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4622737 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Kurt Sanderling,  Kurt Masur,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Baltimore 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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  • 12.
    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 Nakamatsu,  Jon Manasse,  Michael Sheppard  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Richman,  Jeff Tyzik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble New York
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  • 13.
    Gershwin For Two Pianos
    Label: Rivermont   Catalog: 2227 Release Date: 01/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Richard Dowling,  Frederick Hodges
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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  • 15.
    American Piano Concertos / Wang
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5128 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Xiayin Wang
    Conductor:  Peter Oundjian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 16.
    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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  • 17.
    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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    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 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.
    Gershwin: Concerto In F, Rhapsody No 2, I Got Rhythm Variations  / Orion Weiss
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559705 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Orion Weiss
    Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Gershwin: Concerto In F, Rhapsody No 2, I Got Rhythm Variations / Orion Weiss [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 25 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Orion Weiss
    Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    2009 Wasbe: The President's Own United States Mari
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 5637668252 Release Date: 07/19/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  John Philip Sousa,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael J. Colburn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
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  • 25.
    Remembering JFK - 50th Anniversay Concert
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1190-2 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Peter Lieberson,  George Gershwin,  John Stafford Smith  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Dreyfuss,  Tzimon Barto,  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach,  Howard Mitchell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
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