Gershwin, George

September 23, 2019, 7:00 pm

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A true American original, George Gershwin transcended musical categorization as he composed in almost any form: Broadway musicals, popular songs, symphonic works, jazz. In only 38 years of life, Gershwin followed his curiosity without fear in building an astonishingly diverse oeuvre of compositions, including what Bill calls “an opera unlike any other opera,” Porgy and Bess. Bill explains Gershwin’s work and life, “flashing across the world like a comet,” and offering unique and pertinent insights into what and who influenced him. Join us for a week-long look at the life and soulful music of the versatile talent.

Playlist

Episode 1

Interview with Ira Gershwin (excerpt)
Ira Gershwin
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32
Facet 8100
:49

Gershwin: I Got Rhythm
Bolcom, p.
Gershwin: Piano Music, Songs
Nonesuch 79151
1:17

Dvorák: Humoresques, Op. 101 No.7 (excerpt)
Golub, p.
Humoresque / David Golub
Arab 6706
1:15

Interview with Ira Gershwin
Ira Gershwin
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32
Facet 8100
:57

Joplin:The Ragtime Dance
Rifkin, p.
Scott Joplin: Piano Rags / Joshua Rifkin
Nonesuch 79159
1:05

Herbert: Naughty Marietta (excerpts)
Philharmonia Orch/Foster; Hendricks, s.
Barbara Hendricks – Operetta Arias
EMI 54626
3:12

Romberg: “Drink, Drink, Drink” fr. The Student Prince
Orch & Chorus/Callinicos; Lanza, ten.
Romberg: The Student Prince & The Desert Song
RCA 60048
1:01

Friml: “The Donkey Serenade” fr. Firefly
Orch/Rene; Lanza, ten.
Eine Unvergessene Stimme
RCA 60 328
1:44

Cohan: George M! Overture
NYC Opera Orch/Gemignani
Masters Legacy Series, Vol. 1
Music Masters 67099
3:14

Handy: St. Louis Blues
H. Handy, voc.
C. Handy Blues Sung By His Daughter Katharine Handy
Lewis In Traditional Style
Smithsonian Folkways 3540
1:52

Joplin: The Ragtime Dance
Rifkin, p.
Scott Joplin: Piano Rags / Joshua Rifkin
Nonesuch 79159
:52

Gershwin: Rialto Ripples
Gershwin, p.
The Piano Rolls Vol. Two
Nonesuch 79370
1:53

Berlin: Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Smith, voc.
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Sony 64922
:55

Gershwin: Swanee
Orch/Dragon; Jolson, voc.
The Essential Collection – George Gershwin
West End 872
1:52

Gershwin: Lullaby for String Orchestra
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
The Complete Gershwin (Works For Orchestra / Piano & Orchestra)
Vox 5007
7:22

Interview with Paul Whiteman
Paul Whiteman
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32
Facet 8100
2:27, :40

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
LA Phil/Bernstein
Rhapsody In Blue · West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
DG 410025
17:09

Gershwin: Rialto Ripples (excerpt)
Gershwin, p.
The Piano Rolls Vol. Two
Nonesuch 79370
:56

Episode 2

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (excerpt)
LA Phil/Bernstein
Rhapsody In Blue · West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
DG 410025
1:10

Milhaud: La Creation du Monde (excerpts)
Lyon Opera Orch/Nagano
Milhaud: La Création du Monde; Le Boeuf sur le Toit; Concerto pour Harpe
Ultima 213472
2:55

Copland: Piano Concerto, II
Seattle Symphony/Schwarz; Hollander, p.
Piano Concerto; Appalachian Spring: Symphonic Ode
Delos 3154
9:46

Gershwin: Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra, I & II
San Francisco SO/Tilson Thomas; Ohlsson, p.
George Gershwin: The 100th Birthday Celebration
RCA 68931
13:31, 13:06

Bernstein: Lonely Town fr. On the Town
NY Phil/Bernstein
On The Town: On The Town: Lonely Town
DG 431737
3:25

Interview with Fred Astaire
Ira Gershwin
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32
Facet 8100
:32

Gershwin: Oh Lady Be Good
Fitzgerald, voc.
Oh, Lady, Be Good! – Best Of The Gershwin Songbook
Verve 52981
4:00

Gershwin: Fascinatin’ Rhythm fr. Virtuoso Variations
Wild, p.
George On My Mind : An Evening With George Gershwin
Phil 436991
1:27

Gershwin: Preludes for Piano (excerpt)
LSO/Williams; Bell, v.
The Essential Joshua Bell
Sony 707416
1:41

Episode 3

Interview with Oscar Levant
Ira Gershwin
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32
Facet 8100
:59

Gershwin: Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra, II (excerpt)
San Francisco SO/Tilson Thomas; Ohlsson, p.
George Gershwin: The 100th Birthday Celebration
RCA 68931
1:43, :52

Gershwin: Concerto in F, III
NY Phil/Kostelanetz; Levant, p.
Levant Plays Gershwin
CBS 42514
6:25

Gershwin: An American in Paris
NY Phil/Bernstein
Rhapsody In Blue / An American In Paris / Grand Canyon Suite
Sony 63086
18:22

Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano- Blues
Klibonoff, p.; Bachman, v.
The Red Violin
Endeavour 1020
5:30

Gershwin: S’Wonderful
London, voc.
S Wonderful the Songs of George Gershwin
Pid 707640
1:35

Gershwin: Biding My Time
Laine, voc.
Gershwin Gold
Gold 8017
4:04

Interview with George Gershwin
George Gershwin
George Gershwin Remembered
Amerco 512923A
:53

Gershwin: I Got Rhythm
Merman, voc.
S Wonderful the Songs of George Gershwin
Pid 611931
1:00

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (excerpt)
NY Phil & Westminster Choir/Bernstein
The Royal Edition – Bloch: Sacred Services
Sony 47533
1:22

Interview & Performance w/ G. Gershwin
George Gershwin
George Gershwin Remembered
Amerco 512923A
6:47

Gershwin: Variations on I Got Rhythm
Menuhin & Grappelli, vlns.
Gershwin: Fascinating Rhythm
EMI 85081
2:59

Episode 4

Gershwin: Rhapsody #2 for Piano and Orchestra
LA Phil/Thomas; Thomas, p.
Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue
CBS 39699
14:13

Interview and Performance with G. Gershwin
George Gershwin
George Gershwin Remembered
Amerco 512923A
1:05

Gershwin: The Man I Love
Billie Holiday & her Orchestra
The Essential George Gershwin
Legacy 89913
3:08

Gershwin: Porgy & Bess (excerpts)
LPO/Rattle
Gershwin – Porgy and Bess / White · Haymon · Blackwell ·
Baker · LPO · Sir Simon Rattle
EMI 749568
4:25

Gershwin: “Summertime” fr. Porgy & Bess
Orch. of St. Luke’s/Previn; Battle, s.
Previn: Honey And Rue; Barber: Knoxville
DG 437787
2:31

Gershwin:“Bess, You is My Woman Now” fr. Porgy & Bess rehearsal
Orch/Gershwin; Duncan, bar.; Brown, s.
George Gershwin Remembered
Amerco 512923A
5:09

Gershwin: It Ain’t Necessarily So
Orch/Smallens; Tibbett, bar.
Porgy & Bess
RCA 62376
3:03

Gershwin, arr. Heifetz: It Ain’t Necessarily So
Previn, p.; Mutter, v.
Gershwin: Preludes [arr. Heifetz]
DG 471500
2:38

Gershwin: Sweet & Low Down
LSO/Williams; Bell, v.
Gershwin Fantasy
Sony 60659
3:35

Gershwin: Our Love is Here to Stay
LSO/Williams; Bell, v.
Gershwin Fantasy
Sony 60659
3:47

Gershwin: Our Love is Here to Stay
Blossom Dearie
Once Upon A Summertime
Verve 517223
3:12

Gershwin: There’s a Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon for New York
Cab Calloway, voc.
The Essential George Gershwin
Legacy 89913
2:19

Episode 5

Gershwin: Bess, You Is My Woman Now fr. Porgy & Bess
RCA Victor SO/Henderson; Price, s.; Warfield, bar.
Opera’s Greatest Duets
RCA 62699
5:10

Gershwin:  I Loves You Porgy
Kathleen Battle & Orchestra of St Luke’s with Andre previn
Previn: Honey & Rue/Barber: Knoxville/Gershwin: Porgy And Bess
DG 437787
2:17

Gershwin:  I Loves You Porgy
Bill Evans Trio
The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961
Riverside 4443
5:56

Gershwin:Someone to Watch Over me
Turrin, p.; Smith, tpt.
Philip Smith plays Broughton, Turrin, Enescu, Tomasi,
MacDowell, Gershwin, Bernstein, Lane, Ewazen and Thompson
Gala 0516
3:41

Gershwin: But Not For Me
LSO/Williams; Bell, v.
Gershwin Fantasy
Sony 60659
4:21

Gershwin: Hello, Good Morning
Walter, p.
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & Piano Concerto in F
Decca 4782739
2:10

Gershwin: Mine
Ens/Dick Hyman, p.
Dick Hyman’s Century of Jazz Piano (Arbors Piano Series, Volume 20)
Arbors Records ARCD 19348
2:56

Gershwin: It Ain’t Necessarily So
Joe Chindamo, p.
Dido’s Lament
Mo’OzArt MOZ001
6:41

Gershwin: A Foggy Day
Clooney, voc.
The Essential George Gershwin
Sony J2K 89913
2:51

Gershwin: How Long Has This Been Going On?
Ens./Allyson, voc.
In Blue
Concord Jazz 2106
5:38

Gershwin: They Can’t Take that away from Me
Fred Astaire With Johnny Green And His Orchestra
The Essential George Gershwin
Sony J2K 89913
3:08

Gershwin: Interview with Oscar Levant
Oscar Levant
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32
Facet 8100
:33

Gershwin: Prelude for Piano #2
Gershwin
The Essential George Gershwin
Sony J2K 89913
2:20

Gershwin: Oh Lawd, I’m On My Way fr. Porgy and Bess
Orch/Smallens; Tibbett, bar.
Porgy & Bess
RCA 62376
1:22