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: Porgy And Bess / Smallens, Price, Warfield, Calloway, Et Al
Release Date: 01/13/2009   Label: Audite  
Catalog: 23405   Number of Discs: 2
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Rattle, White, Haymon
Release Date: 09/23/1997   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 56220   Number of Discs: 3
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Anne Brown, Todd Duncan
Release Date: 04/28/1992   Label: Mca  
Catalog: 10520   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Demain, Houston Grand Opera
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Rca Victor Red Seal  
Catalog: 32109   Number of Discs: 3
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Rattle, White, Haymon
Release Date: 07/03/2001   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 92497   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in F major

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  • 26.
    Gershwin / K. & M. Labeque, Chailly, Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001546202 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Robert Russell Bennett
    Performer:  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Ralph Votapek,  Peter Jablonski  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Arthur Fiedler,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  John Mauceri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 27.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto / Stefano Bollani, Riccardo Chailly
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001531102 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Stefano Bollani
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 28.
    The 20th Century Piano Concerto Vol 1 - Prokofiev, Falla, Gershwin, Bartok, Stravinsky, Ravel
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462859 Release Date: 01/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Manuel de Falla,  George Gershwin,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Byron Janis,  Clara Haskil,  Eugene List,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Igor Markevitch,  Howard Hanson,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    Ravel, Gershwin: Piano Concertos; Stravinsky: Capriccio / Parker
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2656 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Ian Parker
    Conductor:  Michael Francis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Gershwin: Concerto In F; Bernstein: The Age Of Anxiety / Ingrid Jacoby
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1163-2 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Ingrid Jacoby
    Conductor:  Dmitry Liss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F / Katia & Marielle Labeque
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802004 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque
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  • 32.
    Saint-Saens, Gershwin: Piano Concertos / Richter, Eschenbach
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93707 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Gershwin: Concerto In F, Song Improvisations / Marshall
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06688 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Wayne Marshall
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto / Thibaudet, Alsop, Baltimore SO
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001409102 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Gershwin: Porgy & Bess Symphonic Picture, Second Rhapsody, Piano Concerto
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67135 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Cristina Ortiz,  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Andre Previn - The Great Recordings - The LSO Years 1971-1980
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67969 Release Date: 05/19/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Carl Orff,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Sheila Armstrong,  Thomas Allen,  Gerald English  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 37.
    This Is Gershwin
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1265 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Joshua Pierce
    Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F  / List, Hanson
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434341 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  Eugene List
    Conductor:  Howard Hanson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  Eastman Philharmonia
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  • 39.
    Simon Rattle Edition - American Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15014 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  John Adams,  George Gershwin,  Elliott Carter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Wesley Warren,  Jonathan Holland,  Wayne Marshall,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group,  London Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 40.
    Gershwin: Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra / McDermott, Brown
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9252 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Anne-Marie McDermott
    Conductor:  Justin Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Beethoven, Gershwin: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4231 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue / Marshall, Litton
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59693 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Andrew Litton
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Richard Hickox,  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  City of London Sinfonia,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    George Gershwin: Blue Monday / Marin Alsop
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54851 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Oscar Levant
    Performer:  Amy Burton,  Jamie J. Offenbach,  Arthur Woodley,  Gregory Hopkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
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  • 44.
    Gershwin: Piano Concerto;  Copland, Barber / Peter Jablonski
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430542 Release Date: 06/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Peter Jablonski
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Gershwin: Piano Concerto In F, Etc / Nakamatsu, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807441 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jon Nakamatsu,  Kenneth Grant
    Conductor:  Jeff Tyzik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    Helene Grimaud - Collected Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63265 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kurt Masur,  David Zinman,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Hart: A Tidal Concerto, Gershwin: Concerto In F / Stahl, Graf, Charleston Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637290362 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward Hart,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Enrique Graf
    Conductor:  David Stahl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue / Camilo
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 63611 Release Date: 02/28/2006  
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michel Camilo
    Conductor:  Ernest Martíne Izquierdo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
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  • 50.
    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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