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.
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
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Work: Porgy and Bess: It ain't necessarily so
David Greilsammer Plays Tansman, Boulanger & Gershwin
Ravel, Gershwin: Piano Concertos; Stravinsky: Capriccio / Parker
Gershwin: Concerto In F; Bernstein: The Age Of Anxiety / Ingrid Jacoby
Saint-Saens, Gershwin: Piano Concertos / Richter, Eschenbach
Gershwin, Kern: Songs And Piano Music
Gershwin: Concerto In F, Song Improvisations / Marshall
Gershwin: Piano Duets / Katia & Marielle Labeque
Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; An American In Paris; Gould: Latin-american Symphonette
Gershwin: Songs From The Shows; Overtures
Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto / Thibaudet, Alsop, Baltimore SO
Gershwin By Grofe - Original Orchestrations & Arrangements
Gershwin: Porgy & Bess Symphonic Picture, Second Rhapsody, Piano Concerto
I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
III. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Concerto in F (1998 Digital Remaster): First movement: Allegro
Concerto in F (1998 Digital Remaster): Second movement: Adagio - Andante con moto
Concerto in F (1998 Digital Remaster): Allegro agitato