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Of Thee I Sing

Donald Macleod introduces excerpts from George and Ira Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing and discusses the brothers' relationship.

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.

1 hour

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    I'd Rather Charleston (fromLady Be Good, 1924

    Performer: Nicholas Hodges (piano)

    • METRONOME:MET CD 1063.
    • 16.
  • 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.
  • George Gershwin

    Catfish Row (1936)

    Performer: Nicholas Hodges (piano)

    • EMI:CDC7492782.
    • 1.
  • George Gershwin

    I'd Rather Charleston (fromLady Be Good, 1924

    Performer: Nicholas Hodges (piano)

    • METRONOME:MET CD 1063.
    • 16.
  • 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.
  • George Gershwin

    Catfish Row (1936)

    Performer: Nicholas Hodges (piano)

    • EMI:CDC7492782.
    • 1.

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