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Of Thee I Sing

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 19 May 2011

Donald Macleod introduces excerpts from George and Ira Gershwin's Pulitzer Prize-winning satire "Of Thee I Sing" - a runaway hit on Broadway after the political and social fallout of the Wall Street Crash - and discusses the brilliant - and touching -relationship between the two gifted brothers.

In advance of tomorrow's extended excerpt from Act 2 of the composer's masterpiece, "Porgy and Bess", Donald Macleod also tells the story of the opera's genesis, and introduces the rarely-heard orchestral suite "Catfish Row", drawn from its darkest and most profound musical material.

Music Played

6 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for George Gershwin
    00:02

    George Gershwin I'd Rather Charleston (fromLady Be Good, 1924

    Performer: Nicholas Hodges (piano)

    METRONOME:MET CD 1063, 16

  • Image for George Gershwin
    00:08

    George Gershwin Of Thee I Sing (1931): Act 1 (excerpt)

    Performer: Alexander Throttlebottom - Jack Gilford, John P Wintergreen - Larry Kert , Mary Turner - Maureen McGovern, Diana Devereux - Paige O’Hara, New York Choral Artists, Orchestra Of St Luke’s, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

    CBS: M2K42522

  • Image for George Gershwin
    00:34

    George Gershwin Catfish Row (1936)

    Performer: Nicholas Hodges (piano)

    EMI:CDC7492782, 1

  • Image for George Gershwin
    00:02

    George Gershwin I'd Rather Charleston (fromLady Be Good, 1924

    Performer: Nicholas Hodges (piano)

    METRONOME:MET CD 1063, 16

  • Image for George Gershwin
    00:08

    George Gershwin Of Thee I Sing (1931): Act 1 (excerpt)

    Performer: Alexander Throttlebottom - Jack Gilford, John P Wintergreen - Larry Kert , Mary Turner - Maureen McGovern, Diana Devereux - Paige O’Hara, New York Choral Artists, Orchestra Of St Luke’s, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

    CBS: M2K42522

  • Image for George Gershwin
    00:34

    George Gershwin Catfish Row (1936)

    Performer: Nicholas Hodges (piano)

    EMI:CDC7492782, 1

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