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
Ives: Symphony No 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Morlot
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra  
Catalog: 1003   Number of Discs: 1
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Masur Edition - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc;  Ravel
Release Date: 09/24/1996   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 9158   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin, Grainger / Anna And Ines Walachowski
Release Date: 06/28/2005   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 1248   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Stöckigt, Masur, Leipzig
Release Date: 08/21/2007   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 8543   Number of Discs: 1
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Hummel, Gershwin, Elgar  /  Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10477   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in F major

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    Heritage - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Katchen, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4756159 Release Date: 07/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mantovani & His Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Gershwin: Piano Concerto, Etc / Szidon, Josefowicz, Williams
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000218202 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Roberto Szidon,  Leila Josefowicz,  John Novacek,  David Parkhouse
    Conductor:  John Williams,  Edward Downes,  Riccardo Chailly,  Bernard Herrmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Cuban Overture, Etc / Marshall
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62056 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
    Conductor:  Wayne Marshall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Gershwin - Orchestral Works / Wild, Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca 24/96 Sound Dimension   Catalog: 68019 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 61.
    Gershwin: Concerto In F, Etc / Haas, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468136 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Bernstein
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469139 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  André Previn,  David Finck,  Werner Haas  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Eliahu Inbal,  Edo De Waart,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 63.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F, Etc / Previn
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66943 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn,  Gervase de Peyer
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Label: Avid Classical Masters   Catalog: 642 Release Date: 12/15/1998  
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  George Gershwin
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  • 65.
    The Fantastic World Of George Gershwin / Jeffrey Reid Baker
    Label: Jrb   Catalog: 9003 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeffrey Reid Baker,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Reid Baker
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  • 66.
    Gershwin: Complete Orchestral Collection / Erich Kunzel
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80445 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  William Tritt,  Tim Berens,  Stewart Goodyear
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Central State University Chorus
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  • 67.
    Gershwin, Ravel: Piano Concertos / Grimaud, Zinman
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 19571 Release Date: 11/25/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Gershwin - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3619 Release Date: 07/22/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Alicia Zizzo,  Russell Sherman,  George Gershwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winnipeg Pops Orchestra,  Rochester Pops,  Orchestra of the Americas  ... 
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  • 69.
    Rhapsody In Blue / Arthur Fiedler, Earl Wild, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68792 Release Date: 06/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 70.
    Masur Edition - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc;  Ravel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9158 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Siegfried Rapp,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Kurt Hiltawsky
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4147 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Henry Adolph
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  • 72.
    Gershwin Weekend
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 436570 Release Date: 01/18/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Julius Katchen,  Leontyne Price
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Lorin Maazel,  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mantovani & His Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Wild: Doo-dah Variations;  Gershwin: Concerto / Wild, Giunta
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 98 Release Date: 01/17/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Joseph Giunta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Des Moines Symphony Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Gershwin: American In Paris, Concerto In F, Etc / Abravanel
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 10017 Release Date: 12/03/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jerome Lowenthal
    Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Basic 100 Vol 30 - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc. / Wild
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61727 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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