Essential George Gershwin (Limited Edition) CD (2003)

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Specifications

Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 60585537
UPC 696998991323
UPC 14 00696998991323
Format CD
Release Date 1/14/2003
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Author George Gershwin
Compilation Appearance Broadway: The American Musical
Compilation Appearance Historic Gershwin Recordings
Compilation Appearance Memories Of Old Broadway
Compilation Appearance Roots Of The Beach Boys
Associated Artist/Work A'Hearn, Patrick
Artist Influence Aaron Copland (Composer)
Artist Influence Fr?d?ric Chopin
Artist Influence Henry Cowell (Composer)
Artist Influence Igor Stravinsky (Composer)
Artist Influence Maurice Ravel (Composer)
Artist Influence Scott Joplin
Artist Influence Stephen Foster
Artist Influence Zez Confrey (Composer)
Artist Contemporary Bing Crosby
Artist Contemporary Cole Porter
Artist Contemporary Darius Milhaud (Composer)
Artist Contemporary Duke Ellington
Artist Contemporary Fred Astaire
Artist Contemporary George Antheil (Composer)
Artist Contemporary Harold Arlen
Artist Contemporary Hoagy Carmichael
Artist Contemporary Irving Berlin
Artist Contemporary Johnny Mandel
Artist Contemporary Johnny Mercer
Artist Contemporary Oscar Hammerstein II
Artist Contemporary Paul Whiteman
Artist Contemporary Richard Rodgers
Artist Contemporary Rodgers & Hart
Artist Follower Bob Dylan
Artist Follower Carole King
Artist Follower Frank Loesser
Artist Follower Laura Nyro
Artist Follower Lee Feldman
Artist Follower Randy Newman
Artist Follower Ray Charles
Artist Follower Stephen Sondheim
Technical Info
CatalogID 89913
Lable Name Legacy
Released 01/14/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00696998991323
Musical Guests
Al Jolson
Rosemary Clooney
Benny Goodman
Tony Bennett
Frank Sinatra
Billie Holiday
Doris Day
Miles Davis
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: George Gershwin (piano); Michael Feinstein (vocals, piano); Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughan, Al Jolson (vocals); Dick McDonough (guitar); Artie Shaw (clarinet); Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Miles Davis, Bunny Berigan (trumpet); Joe Bushkin (piano); Jo Jones (drums).
Compilation producers: Michael Feinstein, Didier C. Deutsch.
Includes liner notes by Tim Page and Diane Warren.
This two-disc set features a wide variety of interpretations of one of the 20th century's best-known composers, George Gershwin, from Whispering Jack Smith's genteel rendering of "Funny Face" to a youthful Ella Fitzgerald performing "I Was Doing All Right," with the added bonus of a couple of performances from Gershwin himself, performing "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris."
Artist Overview
Widely regarded as one of the finest songwriters and composers of the 20th century, George Gershwin began his career playing piano in vaudeville, recording piano rolls, and working in Tin Pan Alley, where he wrote his first hit, "Swanee," in 1919. Collaborating with his brother, Ira (who wrote lyrics for much of his music), he created the Broadway musical LADY BE GOOD in 1924, which yielded the soon-to-be standards "Fascinating Rhythm" and the title song. That same year saw the release of Gershwin's first major orchestral work, RHAPSODY IN BLUE, in concerto form--designed to present jazz as "serious" music akin to classical. Between 1925 and 1933, he wrote at least 12 new works for Broadway, including FUNNY FACE and GIRL CRAZY (which included the classic "I Got Rhythm"). His 1935 opera, PORGY AND BESS, successfully fused elements of classical, show tunes, and African American forms, and proved to be one of the composer's greatest achievements. Gershwin wrote numerous other orchestral pieces, works for solo piano, and compositions for stage and film, but his career was cut suddenly short when he died of a brain tumor in 1937.
Disc 1
1 Prelude No. 2 For Piano,Prelude No. 2 For Piano,Of Thee I Sing Overture,Of Thee I Sing Overture,Of Thee I Sing Overture
2 I Got Rhythm,I Got Rhythm,I Got Rhythm,They All Laughed,They All Laughed,They All Laughed
3 Oh Lady, Be Good,Oh Lady, Be Good,Oh Lady, Be Good,Of Thee I Sing,Of Thee I Sing,Of Thee I Sing
4 Summertime,Summertime,Summertime,Promenade (Walking the Dog)
5 Nice Work If You Can Get It,Nice Work If You Can Get It,Nice Work If You Can Get It,I've Got a Crush on You,I've Got a Crush on You,I've Got a Crush on You
6 They Can't Take That Away From Me,They Can't Take That Away From Me,They Can't Take That Away From Me,Somebody Loves Me,Somebody Loves Me,Somebody Loves Me
7 Swanee,Love Walked In / Embraceable You
8 Liza,Liza,Liza,Mine,Mine,Mine
9 Someone to Watch Over Me,Someone to Watch Over Me,Someone to Watch Over Me,Someone to Watch Over Me,Isn't It a Pity,Isn't It a Pity,Isn't It a Pity,Isn't It a Pity
10 'S Wonderful,Introduction and Jazzbo Brown
11 Do It Again,Do It Again,Do It Again,It Ain't Necessarily So,It Ain't Necessarily So
12 Soon,Soon,Soon,Bess, You Is My Woman Now,Bess, You Is My Woman Now
13 Fascinatin' Rhythm / Someone To Watch Over Me,I Loves You, Porgy,I Loves You, Porgy,I Loves You, Porgy,I Loves You, Porgy
14 Man I Love, The,Man I Love, The,My Man's Gone Now
15 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York,There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York,There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
16 Love Is Here to Stay,Love Is Here to Stay,Love Is Here to Stay,Love Is Here to Stay,Love Is Here to Stay,Love Is Here to Stay,Who Cares?,Who Cares?,Who Cares?
17 How Long Has This Been Going On?,How Long Has This Been Going On?,How Long Has This Been Going On?,How Long Has This Been Going On?,Rhapsody In Blue,Rhapsody In Blue,Rhapsody In Blue
18 Blues,Blues,Blues,Blues,Strike up the Band,Strike up the Band,Strike up the Band,Strike up the Band
19 But Not For Me,Home Blues,Home Blues
20 Foggy Day, A,Foggy Day, A,Foggy Day, A
21 I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise,I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
22 Third Movement - (Allegro Agitato),Third Movement - (Allegro Agitato),Third Movement - (Allegro Agitato)
Disc 2
1 Prelude No. 2 For Piano,Prelude No. 2 For Piano,Of Thee I Sing Overture,Of Thee I Sing Overture,Of Thee I Sing Overture
2 I Got Rhythm,I Got Rhythm,I Got Rhythm,They All Laughed,They All Laughed,They All Laughed
3 Oh Lady, Be Good,Oh Lady, Be Good,Oh Lady, Be Good,Of Thee I Sing,Of Thee I Sing,Of Thee I Sing
4 Summertime,Summertime,Summertime,Promenade (Walking the Dog)
5 Nice Work If You Can Get It,Nice Work If You Can Get It,Nice Work If You Can Get It,I've Got a Crush on You,I've Got a Crush on You,I've Got a Crush on You
6 They Can't Take That Away From Me,They Can't Take That Away From Me,They Can't Take That Away From Me,Somebody Loves Me,Somebody Loves Me,Somebody Loves Me
7 Swanee,Love Walked In / Embraceable You
8 Liza,Liza,Liza,Mine,Mine,Mine
9 Someone to Watch Over Me,Someone to Watch Over Me,Someone to Watch Over Me,Someone to Watch Over Me,Isn't It a Pity,Isn't It a Pity,Isn't It a Pity,Isn't It a Pity
10 'S Wonderful,Introduction and Jazzbo Brown
11 Do It Again,Do It Again,Do It Again,It Ain't Necessarily So,It Ain't Necessarily So
12 Soon,Soon,Soon,Bess, You Is My Woman Now,Bess, You Is My Woman Now
13 Fascinatin' Rhythm / Someone To Watch Over Me,I Loves You, Porgy,I Loves You, Porgy,I Loves You, Porgy,I Loves You, Porgy
14 Man I Love, The,Man I Love, The,My Man's Gone Now
15 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York,There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York,There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
16 Love Is Here to Stay,Love Is Here to Stay,Love Is Here to Stay,Love Is Here to Stay,Love Is Here to Stay,Love Is Here to Stay,Who Cares?,Who Cares?,Who Cares?
17 How Long Has This Been Going On?,How Long Has This Been Going On?,How Long Has This Been Going On?,How Long Has This Been Going On?,Rhapsody In Blue,Rhapsody In Blue,Rhapsody In Blue
18 Blues,Blues,Blues,Blues,Strike up the Band,Strike up the Band,Strike up the Band,Strike up the Band
19 But Not For Me,Home Blues,Home Blues
20 Foggy Day, A,Foggy Day, A,Foggy Day, A
21 I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise,I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
22 Third Movement - (Allegro Agitato),Third Movement - (Allegro Agitato),Third Movement - (Allegro Agitato)

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