George Gershwin

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George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), as well as the opera Porgy and Bess (1935).

Gershwin studied piano under Charles Hambitzer and composition with Rubin Goldmark and Henry Cowell. He began his career as a song plugger, but soon started composing Broadway theatre works with his brother Ira Gershwin and Buddy DeSylva. He moved to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger, where he began to compose An American in Paris. After returning to New York City, he wrote Porgy and Bess with Ira and the author DuBose Heyward. Initially a commercial failure, Porgy and Bess is now considered one of the most important American operas of the twentieth century. Gershwin moved to Hollywood and composed numerous film scores until his death in 1937 from a brain tumor.

Gershwin's compositions have been adapted for use in many films and for television, and several became jazz standards recorded in many variations. Many celebrated singers and musicians have covered his songs.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1959 Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris George Gershwin; Columbia Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 5
1976 Porgy and Bess (Cleveland Orchestra & Chorus feat. conductor: Lorin Maazel) George Gershwin 4
1976 Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris / Broadway Overtures (feat. conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas) George Gershwin 3
1981 Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Concerto in F / Bernstein: West Side Story Dances / Russo: Three Pieces for Blues Band and Orchestra George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, William Russo 1
1981 Porgy and Bess in Concert / Girl Crazy Overture George Gershwin; Claudia Lindsey, Benjamin Matthews, Slovak Philharmonic, Ettore Stratta 2
1981 Previn Conducts Gershwin (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: André Previn) George Gershwin 1
1981 Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Erich Kunzel, piano: Eugene List) George Gershwin 1
1981 Rhapsody in Blue / Piano Concerto in F, versions for two pianos (feat. piano: Katia & Maria Labèque) George Gershwin 1
1983 Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / Barber: Adagio for Strings / Copland: Appalachian Spring George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 4
1983 Gershwin (English Chamber Orchestra) George Gershwin 1
1983 Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor Neville Marriner, piano: Misha Dichter) Gershwin, Addinsell 1
1983 Porgy and Bess (Houston Grand Opera Cast & Orchestra feat. conductor: John DeMain, bass-baritone: Donnie Ray Albert, soprano: Clamma Dale) George Gershwin 3
1983 The Gershwin Album (The Philadelphia Orchestra feat. conductor: Eugene Ormany, piano: Philippe Entremont) George Gershwin 1
1984 Rhapsody in Blue / I Got Rythm Variations / Catfish Row George Gershwin; Alexis Weissenberg, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa 2
1985 Fascinatin' Rampal Gershwin; Jean-Pierre Rampal 1
1985 Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris / Piano Concerto in F (Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: André Previn) George Gershwin 1
1985 Rhapsody In Blue, An American in Paris (London Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor Vernon Hanley, piano: Michael Reeves) George Gershwin 1
1987 Strike Up the Band: The Canadian Brass Plays George Gershwin George Gershwin 1
1987 Francois-Joel Thiollier joue Gershwin George Gershwin 1
1987 George Gershwin Plays Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin 1
1987 George Gershwin plays Rhapsody In Blue using the original Piano Rolls (Denver Symphony Pops, Newton Wayland) George Gershwin 1
1987 Kiri Sings Gershwin George Gershwin 2
1987 Rhapsody in Blue / The Gershwin Songbook / Who Cares? (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra feat. Conductor Andrew Litton) George Gershwin 1
1988 An American in Paris (The Philadelphia Orchestra) George Gershwin 1
1988 Gershwin (Dallas Symphony Orchestra feat. Eduardo Mata, conductor) George Gershwin 1
1988 Second Rhapsody: Music for Two Pianos by George Gershwin (feat. Katia & Marielle Labèque) George Gershwin 1
1989 Complete Piano Works George Gershwin; Dag Achatz 1
1989 Piano Concerto / La Création du monde Gershwin, Milhaud 1
1989 Porgy and Bess (The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic feat. conductor: Simon Rattle) George Gershwin 2
1989 Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris (Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal) George Gershwin 1
1989 Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris / Porgy and Bess (Orchestral Suite) (Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: János Sándor, piano: Jenő Jandó) George Gershwin 1
1989 Virtuoso Piano Music (Piano: Mario-Ratko Delorko) George Gershwin 1
1990 Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris / Piano Concerto George Gershwin; CSR Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Hayman, Kathryn Selby 2 2
1990 Fascinating Rhythm: The Complete Music for Solo Piano George Gershwin; Angela Brownridge 2
1990 Rhapsody in Blue / Second Rhapsody for Orchestra with Piano / Preludes / Unpublished Piano Works Gershwin; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
1990 Arias and Barcarolles / School for Scandal / An American in Paris Bernstein, Barber, Gershwin; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1990 The Complete Gershwin: Works for Orchestra, Piano & Orchestra George Gershwin; Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Jeffrey Siegel 1
1991 Gershwin Bernstein George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein; Garrick Ohlsson, Edo de Waart, Minnesota Orchestra 1
1991 Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin 1
1991 Rhapsody in Blue / Piano Concerto / Song-Book George Gershwin; London Sinfonietta, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle, Peter Donohoe 1
1992 Gershwin Overtures (The New Princess Theater Orchestra feat. conductor John McGlinn) George Gershwin 1
1993 Ragtime Music of Scott Joplin & George Gershwin Scott Joplin & George Gershwin 1
1993 Gershwin, Copland, Schuller, Bloch Gershwin, Copland, Schuller, Bloch; Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti 1
1993 Copland: Clarinet Concerto / Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet / Gershwin: Three Preludes Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin; Richard Stoltzman, London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, Eric Stern 1
1993 Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris / Concerto in F (Boston Pops Orchestra feat. conductor: Arthur Fiedler) (RCA Victor Basic 100: Volume 30) George Gershwin 1
1993 Gershwin Plays Gershwin: The Piano Rolls George Gershwin 1
1993 Classical Treasures George Gershwin 1
1993 Digital George: A Collection of Gershwin Classics (New Palais Royale Orchestra feat piano: Ivan Davis, conductor: Maurice Peress) George Gershwin 1
1993 Rhapsody in Blue (Castle Communications 1993) George Gershwin 1
1993 Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris / "Porgy and Bess" Suite (Catfish Row) / Cuban Overture George Gershwin; James Levine, Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1

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