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Frederick Loewe

Biography

Born: June 10, 1901; Vienna, Austria   Died: February 14, 1988; Palm Springs, CA  
Frederick "Fritz" Loewe was born in Berlin, the son of popular German operetta star Edmund Loewe. Little can be verified about his background, but in 1925 Loewe immigrated to the United States with his father. A decade went by before Frederick Loewe first heard his music performed in New York as part of a play, Petticoat Fever (1935); in the interim, Loewe made ends meet through playing piano in silent movie houses and other miscellaneous jobs. Read more

Afterward, Loewe embarked on a number of projects with lyricist Earle Crocker, contributing numbers to forgotten Broadway revues and writing some failed shows. At New York's The Lambs Club in 1942, Loewe met aspiring lyricist Alan Jay Lerner. After two further flops, Lerner and Loewe dished up a success with Brigadoon (1947), which established the team as the first major Broadway songwriters to emerge in the postwar era. Paint Your Wagon (1951) followed, but it was My Fair Lady (1956) that proved Lerner and Loewe's most enduring hit; it had the longest run of any Broadway musical prior to Cats. While My Fair Lady was still in tryouts, Lerner & Loewe worked on a film musical, Gigi (1958). Directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron, Gigi was the surprise hit of 1958 and earned the Academy Award for Best Picture. The Broadway show Camelot (1960) was another mega-hit and a musical that, in retrospect, defines the Kennedy era in which it was so popular. At this point, Loewe announced his retirement; two further Lerner and Loewe projects in the 1970s turned out to be failures.

Despite his late start on Broadway, Loewe's taste and musical personality was rooted in the Viennese operetta of his youth. Loewe's utilization of this influence was Americanized to some extent, and his settings of Lerner's English lyrics are so natural as to be less than noticeable, almost like speech. It is easy to mistake this hard-won simplicity of expression to a kind of emotional distancing, but the total integration of story and song in the work of Lerner and Loewe is what makes their work so widely appealing to so many. This ensures the survival of shows like My Fair Lady well past their closing date on Broadway. Read less
Light Classics - Lerner And Loewe: Orchestral Selections / Hayman
Release Date: 09/17/2002   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555015   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Ed Ames on Broadway - Opening Night & More I Cannot Wish You
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7134 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe,  Anthony Newley,  Arthur Schwartz,  Harvey Schmidt  ... 
    Performer:  Ed Ames
    Conductor:  Claus Ogerman,  Hal Mooney,  Frank Hunter,  Marty Manning  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Most Wanted Recitals - George London On Broadway
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002065402 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Frederick Loewe,  Kurt Weill,  Jerome Kern  ... 
    Performer:  George London
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
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    Good Renditions
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3301 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cole Porter,  Jerome Kern,  Frank Loesser,  George Forrest  ... 
    Performer:  William C. Billingham,  William Powers
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    Broadway to Hollywood / Richard Glazier
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3347 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bronislaw Kaper,  Bernard Herrmann,  George Gershwin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Glazier
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    Brigadoon & Kiss Me Kate - Original Television Soundtracks / Robert Goulet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 2804 Release Date: 04/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cole Porter,  Frederick Loewe
    Performer:  Michael Callan,  Jules Munshin,  Jessica Walter,  Robert Goulet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jack Elliott,  Irwin Kostal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Voices of Firestone DVD 4-Pack - Bjorling, Sutherland, Merrill, Stevens
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4938 Release Date: 04/07/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Georges Bizet,  Rudolf Friml,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Risë Stevens,  Jussi Björling,  Anne-Lisa Björling,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Howard Barlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voice of Firestone Orchestra
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    Forever / Diana Damrau
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 60266 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Wojciech Kilar,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Damrau
    Conductor:  David Charles Abell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 8.
    The John Wilson Orchestra At The Movies: The Bonus Tracks
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 31993 Release Date: 11/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Arlen,  Frederick Loewe,  Richard Rodgers,  George Forrest  ... 
    Performer:  Kim Criswell,  Matthew Ford,  Anna-Jane Casey,  Sarah [Soprano Vocal] Fox  ... 
    Conductor:  John Wilson
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    Best Of Pops / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 3580 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Leroy Anderson,  Victor Young,  Meredith Willson  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    All I Care About Is Love / David Serero
    Label: World Productions Group   Catalog: 5638110513 Release Date: 04/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Kander,  Jerry Bock,  Mitchell Leigh,  Jerome Kern  ... 
    Performer:  David Serero,  Jermaine Jackson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
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  • 11.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Melodies For The Starlight Hours
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5196 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Katscher,  Jerome Kern,  Frederick Loewe,  Hubert Giraud  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Race,  Harry Pitch
    Conductor:  Laurie Johnson,  Buddy Bregman,  Percy Faith,  Andre Kostelanetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferrante & Teicher
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    Golden Age Of Light Music: Invitation To The Dance
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5210 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Alexandre Luigini,  William Blezard,  Jack Egan  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Renzi
    Conductor:  Dolf van der Linden,  Michael Freedman,  Cedric Dumont,  Harry Davidson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helmut Zacharias and His Magic Violins
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    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 51051 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Cole Porter,  Mitchell Leigh,  Harold Arlen,  Jule Styne  ... 
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    Cantus Angelicus
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 5312 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Giulio Caccini,  Charles Gounod,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Heldur Harry Polda
    Conductor:  Risto Joost
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  • 15.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Art Of The Arranger, Vol. 2
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5193 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Jack Strachey,  George Forrest,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Jenkins
    Conductor:  Buddy Bregman,  Angela Morley,  David Rose,  Cyril Ornadel  ... 
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    My Heart Is So Full Of You [deluxe] [cd/Dvd]
    Label: Narratus   Catalog: 5637960877 Release Date: 09/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Gene DePaul,  Frederick Loewe,  Rodney Gilfrey  ... 
    Performer:  Rodney Gilfrey
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  • 17.
    That's Entertainment - A Celebration of Classic MGM Musicals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15544 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Green,  Hugh Martin,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilson,  Kim Criswell,  Curtis Stigers,  Matthew Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Wilson
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  • 18.
    That's Entertainment - A Celebration Of The MGM Film Musical [CD & DVD]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 28843 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johnny Green,  Hugh Martin,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilson,  Kim Criswell,  Curtis Stigers,  Matthew Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Wilson
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    That's Entertainment! A Celebration Of The MGM Film Musical / John Wilson Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 19004 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Green,  Hugh Martin,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilson,  Kim Criswell,  Curtis Stigers,  Matthew Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Wilson
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  • 20.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Holidays For Strings
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5189 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Richard Whiting / W. Fran,  George Gershwin,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leroy Anderson,  Jack Shaindlin,  Frederick Fennell,  David Carroll  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clebanoff Strings,  Music of the Mountains
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    All Through The Night / George Dvorsky
    Label: Jay Records   Catalog: 1424 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Leonard Bernstein,  Cole Porter,  Frank Wildhorn  ... 
    Performer:  George Dvorsky
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  • 23.
    Alfie Live
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001688159 Release Date: 06/05/2012  
    Composer:  Stephen Flaherty,  Stephen Sondheim,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Richard M. Sherman  ... 
    Performer:  Alfie Boe,  Tom Mcfly,  Shakaira,  Claude-Michel Schönberg
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    Alfie Live / Alfie Boe
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001688009 Release Date: 06/05/2012  
    Composer:  Stephen Flaherty,  Stephen Sondheim,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Richard M. Sherman  ... 
    Performer:  Alfie Boe,  Tom Mcfly,  Shakaira,  Claude-Michel Schönberg
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  • 25.
    50 Best Songs From The Musicals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27375 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frederick Loewe,  Richard Rodgers,  Richard M. Sherman,  Meredith Willson  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Bayless,  Barbara Hendricks,  Van Johnson,  Kim Criswell  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Lee,  Robert Lowe,  Jonathan Tunick,  Gareth Davies  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abbey Road Ensemble
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