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George Gershwin

George Gershwin (1898-1937)


American composer and pianist who brought together jazz idioms, skill as a songwriter and a classical competency. He wrote Rhythm, Summertime, Lady be Good. Some of these were to words by his brother Ira. His opera Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue are especially well known. His life was cut short by a brain tumour.

Further Reading: Gershwin

 Interview, Kirill Gerstein on The Gershwin Moment

The pianist talks to Katherine about his new album, which includes the jazz-band version of Rhapsody in Blue, the Piano Concerto in F, and song transcriptions by Earl Wild.

 Recording of the Week, Barbara Hannigan sings and conducts music by Berg, Berio, and Gershwin

Katherine listens to the Canadian soprano's bold new disc Crazy Girl Crazy, centring on Berg's Lulu.

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