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Introducing George Gershwin
Feat. the Master himself
Arnold Schoenberg once described George Gershwin as a rare composer “whose feelings actually coincide with those of the average man on the street”, and you couldn't ask for a better nutshell encapsulation of Gershwin's brilliance.
After all, Schoenberg was the composer who tore down centuries of pleasant-on-the-ears tonal harmony and hummable tunes, and replaced them with atonal music that even today many music lovers find difficult to understand or like.
Gershwin was born in 1898 in Brooklyn New York, and died tragically of a brain tumour in 1937. He scored his first musical hit in 1919 with a light song called Swanee. Popular musical after popular musical followed, containing hits such as “The Man I Love”, “Embraceable You”, “Let's Call the Whole Thing Off” and “I got Rhythm”, and he made an extraordinary amount of money on it for the age too; there's an anecdote about him asking Schoenberg for lessons, but when Schoenberg found out that Gershwin was on $100,000 a year, he suggested Gershwin give him lessons! And yet, as that request to Schoenberg shows, Gershwin didn't want to limit himself to show music and light songs. He wanted to write classical music too, and today he stands as one of the few composers ever to have not only conquered the worlds of both commercial and serious classical music, but to to have fused those two worlds together. So it's his “classical” side we're celebrating in this collection; music which brought jazz rhythms, the Blues, and Broadway-style melodies to the classical concert hall.
Introducing George Gershwin
An introduction to Gershwin — Rhapsody in Blue
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George GershwinDavid Greilsammer, Steven Sloane, Orchestre National de France
An introduction to Gershwin — An American in Paris
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George GershwinMario Venzago, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Amsterdam — 2011
An introduction to Gershwin — Three Preludes
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George GershwinFrank Braley — 2004
An introduction to Gershwin — Piano Concerto in F major
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George GershwinJon Nakamatsu, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeff Tyzik — 2006
An introduction to Gershwin, Bennett — Porgy and Bess (Symphonic Picture)
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George Gershwin (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)James Judd, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra — 2001