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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: Preludes (3) for Piano

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  • 101.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Porgy & Bess / Wild, Whiteman
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 70702 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra,  Chorus
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  • 102.
    Who Nose - Gershwin, Bernstein, Et Al /Röthlisberger, Andres
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 951 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeffrey Agrell,  Frédéric Bolli,  Joseph Horovitz,  Daniel Schnyder  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Andres,  Bernhard Röthlisberger
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  • 103.
    Eroica Trio
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56482 Release Date: 10/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Paul Schoenfield,  Benjamin Godard,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Erika Nickrenz,  Sara Sant'Ambrogio,  Adela Peña
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eroica Trio
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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    Five O'clock Foxtrot / Viveza Salon Ensemble
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 55002 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Gerardo Matos Rodríguez,  William Kroll,  Noel Coward  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viveza
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  • 106.
    The American Clarinet / Combs, Chicago Chamber Musicians
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 172 Release Date: 03/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Bradley Opland,  Larry Combs,  Deborah Sobol
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Chamber Musicians
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  • 107.
    Hermit Songs / Todd Palmer, Carol Archer
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7148 Release Date: 02/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Todd Palmer,  Carol Archer
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  • 108.
    Gershwin: Complete Piano Works / Dag Achatz
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 404 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dag Achatz
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  • 109.
    Gershwin Plays Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Whiteman
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9483 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin,  Fred Astaire,  Adele Astaire,  Lawrence Tibbett  ... 
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Alexander Smallens,  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Chorus  ... 
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  • 110.
    Copland: Clarinet Concerto; Bernstein, Gershwin / Stoltzman
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61790 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Gordon Hill Jenkins,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Andrew Shulman
    Conductor:  Eric Stern,  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Romantic Piano Favourites, Vol 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550052 Release Date: 02/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay
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  • 112.
    Gershwin: Preludes, Songs;  Corea: Children's Songs / Bates
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550341 Release Date: 09/04/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chick Corea,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leon Bates
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  • 113.
    Gershwin: Piano Music, Songs / Joan Morris, William Bolcom
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79151 Release Date: 04/09/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  William Bolcom,  Joan Morris
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  • 114.
    Fascinatin' Rampal - Rampal Plays Gershwin
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39700 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  John Steele Ritter,  Randy Kerber,  Neil Stubenhaus  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Colombier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic members,  Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Tilson Thomas
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39699 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Oscar Levant Plays Gershwin
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42514 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Oscar Levant
    Conductor:  Morton Gould,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Strike Up The Band - The Canadian Brass Plays Gershwin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 6490 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 118.
    Eugene Watanabe - Rediscovering America
    Label: Arktos Recordings   Catalog: 200262 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Eugene Watanabe
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