George Gershwin


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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  • 26.
    Violin Lullabies / Rachel Barton Pine
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 139 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Vladimir I. Rebikov,  Amy Marcy Beach  ... 
    Performer:  Rachel Barton Pine,  Matthew Hagle
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  • 27.
    License To Thrill / Joe Burgstaller
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 600 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joe Burgstaller,  George Gershwin,  Chick Corea,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Alex Clark,  Mary Burke,  Joelle Arnhold,  Joel Kilgore  ... 
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  • 28.
    Le Maestro De La Trompette
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Michael Carr,  Charles Trenet  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  J. Faustin,  Jacques Denjean
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  • 29.
    Best Of The Lost Recordings & Secret Broadcasts / Glenn Miller
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 52290 Release Date: 02/07/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joe Garland,  Robert M. Crawford,  James Francis McHugh,  Jerry Gray  ... 
    Conductor:  Glenn Miller
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  • 30.
    Violin Encores / Jascha Heifetz
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1296 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Edouard Lalo,  George Gershwin,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Milton Kaye
    Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein,  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Label: Bon Operatit!   Catalog: 5638070440 Release Date: 01/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Denza,  George Gershwin,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Frankie J. Kelly,  Joseph Meyer,  Mary Penick Akin,  Lauren Mouney Gisclair  ... 
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  • 32.
    Copland, Barber, Gershwin / Frederik, Curtis, 	Orchestra Of The Swan
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 118 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Samuel Barber,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  April Frederik
    Conductor:  David Curtis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Swan
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  • 33.
    George Gershwin / The Gents, Csillag, Zomer, Haags Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 33312 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Johannette Zomer
    Conductor:  Béni Csillag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents,  Haags Saxophone Quartet
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  • 34.
    The Art of Renee Fleming
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001717202 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Alfredo Catalani,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Bryn Terfel,  Ralph Salmins,  David Hartley  ... 
    Conductor:  Andreas Delfs,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Daniel Barenboim,  Paul Gemignani  ... 
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  • 35.
    Sinding, Paganini, Part, Gershwin / Yoon Kwon
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 44551 Release Date: 08/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Maria Theresia Paradis,  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Yoon Kwon,  Min Kwon
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  • 36.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Art Of The Arranger, Vol. 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5188 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Con Conrad,  Frederick Loewe,  Ray Henderson  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Laroque
    Conductor:  Hal Mooney,  Buddy Bregman,  Cyril Ornadel,  Morton Gould  ... 
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  • 37.
    Ofra Harnoy, Vol. 2
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 6609 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Jules Massenet,  Eugčne Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  Ofra Harnoy,  Igor Oistrakh,  Michael Dussek,  Patricia Parr  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Robinson
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  • 38.
    Pour Le Moment / Birgit Heinemann, Uta Schlichtig
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553417 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
    Performer:  Birgit Heinemann,  Uta Schlichtig
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  • 39.
    Leontyne Price - The Complete Collection of Song & Spiritual Albums
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 794050 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Gabriel Fauré,  Francis Poulenc,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Samuel Barber,  David Garvey,  Patricia Clark  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Thomas Schippers,  Leonard De Paur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    The Hi-fi Sound Of Orchestra
    Label: Premium Records   Catalog: 27824 Release Date: 01/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Larry Kusic / Nino Rota,  Stanley Myers,  Andrew Lloyd Webber  ... 
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  • 41.
    J. Strauss, Jr.: Die Fledermaus / Karajan, Gueden, Kmentt, Resnik
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 2018 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  Louis Ferrari,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Erika Köth,  Walter Berry,  Erich Kunz  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    The Heifetz Collection Vol 19 - 51 Miniatures 1944-1946
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61750 Release Date: 06/02/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Alexander Krein  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Milton Kaye,  Bing Crosby
    Conductor:  Salvador Camarata,  Victor Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Violin Romances / Aaron Rosand
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jean Sibelius,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand,  Hugh Sung,  John Covelli
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  • 44.
    Turning Points / Mikhail Ovrutsky, Sonya Ovrutsky
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300060 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Ovrutsky,  Sonya Ovrutsky
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  • 45.
    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 Labčque,  Marielle Labčque,  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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  • 46.
    Gershwin: An American in Paris / Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1419 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
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  • 47.
    Opera Arias / Marie-Josee Lord
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2649 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Alfredo Catalani,  Michel Berger,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Josée Lord
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Pietraroia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Métropolitain
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  • 48.
    100 Greatest Musicals
    Label: Silva   Catalog: 1328 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  George Gershwin,  Richard Rodgers,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Jill Washington,  Jason Howard,  Lesley Garrett,  David Shannon  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Ivor Bolton,  James Fitzpatrick,  Andrew Greenwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Works
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  • 49.
    Seasons… Dreams / Anne Akiko Meyers
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 7780 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Richard Wagner,  Gene Pritsker,  Vernon Duke  ... 
    Performer:  Emmanuel Ceysson,  Reiko Uchida,  Anne Akiko Meyers
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  • 50.
    From The Flute, From The Heart
    Label: Syllaria   Catalog: 5637676580 Release Date: 09/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Theobald Boehm,  Gabriel Fauré,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Dominic Kyrie,  Pat Rodgers
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