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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Gershwin: Complete Piano Works / Dag Achatz
Release Date: 09/23/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 404   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Preludes (3) for Piano

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  • 76.
    The Fascinating George Gershwin / Angelov, Eschkenazy
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186021 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Ludmil Angelov,  George Pieterson,  Gregor Horsch  ... 
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  • 77.
    Gershwin - Super Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92388 Release Date: 05/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John Williams,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Eugene Ormandy,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  Chestnut Brass Company,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 78.
    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 T. Williams,  Edward Downes,  Riccardo Chailly,  Bernard Herrmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 79.
    Gershwin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000191902 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn,  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  André Previn,  Charles Dutoit,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 80.
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: CRC 2622 Release Date: 02/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Amram,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Paul Creston
    Performer:  Barbara Meister
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  • 81.
    Gershwin - Wild Fantasy / Graham Scott
    Label: Deux-elles   Catalog: 1072 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Earl Wild,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Graham Scott
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  • 82.
    Label: Crs Artists (Contemporary Record Society   Catalog: 9460 Release Date: 10/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Scott Miller,  Louis Antoine Dornel,  John Russo  ... 
    Performer:  S. Blake Dunean,  Greg Morton,  Andrea Gullickson,  Mark Weiger
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  • 83.
    Dancing Through Time - Bach To Gershwin / Andreas Klein
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3138 Release Date: 10/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Klein
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  • 84.
    The Very Best Of Gershwin
    Label: Universal (Poland)   Catalog: 9809662 Release Date: 07/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
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  • 85.
    Flying Solo / Jens Lindemann
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81295 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando J. Obradors,  Thomas "Fats" Waller,  Robert Parissi,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jens Lindemann,  Jennifer Snow,  Bradford Ellis
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  • 86.
    Bassoonatics / The Caliban Quartet
    Label: Cbc Musica Viva   Catalog: 5637239573 Release Date: 06/05/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Johannes Brahms,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michael Sweeney,  Kathy McLean,  Nadina Mackie Jackson,  Mark Duggan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caliban Quartet
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  • 87.
    Essential Gershwin - 20 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472780 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque,  Patti Austin  ... 
    Conductor:  John Mauceri,  Arthur Fiedler,  Bernard Herrmann,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  London Festival Orchestra Ensemble  ... 
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  • 88.
    Genova & Dimitrov - Piano Duo
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 240 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel,  Manuel Infante  ... 
    Performer:  Aglika Genova,  Liuben Dimitrov
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  • 89.
    Treasures For Trumpets / Robert Sullivan, James Rensink
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 319 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  James Rensink,  Giacomo Puccini,  Oskar Böhme  ... 
    Performer:  James Rensink,  Robert Sullivan
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  • 90.
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2572 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leó Weiner,  Luigi Bassi,  Louis Cahuzac,  Eugène Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  Caroline Hartig
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  • 91.
    The Complete Preludes Of Chopin, Gershwin, Still / Roy Eaton
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 318 Release Date: 02/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Grant Still,  George Gershwin,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Roy Eaton
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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    Copland: Four Unpublished Cello Pieces / Terry King
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1076 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicholas Slonimsky,  Gregor Piatigorsky,  George Gershwin,  Otto Luening  ... 
    Performer:  Terry King,  John Jensen,  Shizue Sano
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  • 94.
    The Best Of Gershwin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556686 Release Date: 02/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Kathryn Selby,  Leon Bates
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richard Hayman Orchestra,  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Gershwin Plays Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, Swanee, Etc
    Label: Naxos Nostalgia   Catalog: 8120510 Release Date: 01/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Van Eps Trio,  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Americana / Leila Josefowicz
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462948 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  George Gershwin,  Stephen Foster,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz,  John Novacek
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  • 97.
    Bassoonatics / Caliban Quartet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5011 Release Date: 10/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Kurt Weill,  Michael Welsh,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caliban Quartet
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  • 98.
    Label: Ars Harmonica   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 08/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Scott Joplin,  Chick Corea,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Vilaprinyó
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  • 99.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess Arrangements, Etc /Fazil Say, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 426202 Release Date: 04/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  James Saporito,  Joe Pereira,  William Blossom  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 100.
    Artists Of The Century - Jascha Heifetz - The Supreme
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63470 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Alexander Glazunov,  Jean Sibelius,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Brooks Smith,  Jascha Heifetz,  Osian Ellis
    Conductor:  Walter Hendl,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra
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