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: Complete Piano Works / Dag Achatz
Release Date: 09/23/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 404   Number of Discs: 1
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The Fascinating George Gershwin / Angelov, Eschkenazy
Release Date: 07/20/2004   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186021   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto In F, Second Rhapsody / Litton, Kempf, Bergen Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/24/2012   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1940   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in F major

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue / Marshall, Litton
    Label: Virgin Classics   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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    Berlin Philharmonic 125 Years - A Jubilee Celebration
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2000068 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Gil Shaham,  Emmanuel Pahud
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Claudio Abbado,  Mariss Jansons,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    Legendary Recordings - Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven / Kurt Masur
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 245 Release Date: 02/01/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt,  Siegfried Lorenz,  Edda Moser,  Gisela Schröter  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Piano Concertos Of The 1920s Vol 2 / Rische, Schuller, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 510510 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erwin Schulhoff,  George Gershwin,  George Antheil
    Performer:  Michael Rische
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller,  Wayne Marshall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    A Gershwin Night / Ozawa, Marcus Roberts Trio, Berlin PO
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053098 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Gershwin: Concerto In F;  Ravel / De Billy, Roge, Rso Wien
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 601 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé
    Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Wild, Fiedler
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61393 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 45.
    All-american - Gershwin, Loeffler, Et Al / Toscanini, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2256/57 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Paul Creston,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Benny Goodman,  Oscar Levant
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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  • 46.
    Classic Library - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60862 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Tacchino, Foster
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4608182 Release Date: 11/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Mathieu, Addinsell, Gershwin: Piano Concertos/ Alain Lefèvre
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29814 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  George Gershwin,  Richard Addinsell
    Performer:  Alain Lefèvre
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Katia & Marielle Labèque - Piano Fantasy
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000122102 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  George Gershwin,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labèque Sisters,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Great Pianists Of The  Bell Telephone Hour 1959-1967
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4216 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Grant Johannesen,  Claudio Arrau,  Byron Janis,  Jorge Bolet  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees,  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
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