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Prom 38: The John Wilson Orchestra performs Gershwin

Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, the John Wilson Orchestra celebrates one of the greatest-ever songwriting duos: George and Ira Gershwin. Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

John Wilson returns to the Proms with a programme celebrating one of the greatest song-writing duos of all time: George and Ira Gershwin. On the song-list for tonight, 'Funny Face', 'S'Wonderful', 'Fascinatin' Rhythm' and many more.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Louise Dearman
Julian Ovenden
Matthew Ford
The John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson, conductor

Including, during the interval, at approx 7.50pm: Proms Extra - An Introduction to the Music of Gershwin.
George Gershwin could be said to be one of the first "crossover" artists. As a composer he wrote in both classical and popular genres, with many of his larger works being some of the most popular amongst 20th century audiences. He was a prolific songwriter, setting clever and often witty lyrics provided by his brother Ira Gershwin.

Clemency Burton-Hill, theatre music expert Edward Seckerson and director, composer and orchestrator Jason Carr provide an introduction to Gershwin's Music. Tonight's conductor John Wilson also joins the discussion. Recorded earlier today at Imperial College Union.

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue (1945) – Overture

    Music Arranger: Ray Heindorf. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    Treat Me Rough - from Girl Crazy (1943)

    Music Arranger: Sy Oliver. Singer: Louise Dearman. Singer: Matthew Ford. Choir: Maida Vale Singers. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Harry Warren

    You'd Be Hard to Replace - from The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

    Music Arranger: Conrad Salinger. Singer: Matthew Ford. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    I'll Build A Stairway to Paradise - from An American in Paris (1951)

    Music Arranger: Conrad Salinger. Singer: Julian Ovenden. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    Fascinatin' Rhythm - from Girl Crazy (1943)

    Music Arranger: Sy Oliver. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    But Not For Me - from Girl Crazy (1943)

    Music Arranger: Conrad Salinger. Singer: Louise Dearman. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    The Babbit and The Bromide - from Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

    Music Arranger: Conrad Salinger. Singer: Julian Ovenden. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Singer: Matthew Ford.
  • George Gershwin

    Shall We Dance? (1937) - final ballet

    Music Arranger: Herbert Spencer. Singer: Matthew Ford. Singer: Louise Dearman. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    Strike Up The Band - from Strike Up The Band (1940)

    Music Arranger: Leo Arnaud. Music Arranger: Conrad Salinger. Singer: Louise Dearman. Choir: Maida Vale Singers. Ensemble: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    Funny Face - from Funny Face (1957)

    Music Arranger: Conrad Salinger. Singer: Matthew Ford. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    Love Walked In - from The Goldwyn Follies (1938)

    Music Arranger: Edward Benson Powell. Singer: Julian Ovenden. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    Let's Kiss And Make Up - from Funny Face (1957)

    Music Arranger: Alexander Courage. Singer: Matthew Ford. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Burton Lane

    In Our United State - from Give a Girl a Break (1953)

    Music Arranger: André Previn. Singer: Julian Ovenden. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    The Swing-Trot - from The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

    Music Arranger: Leo Arnaud. Music Arranger: Conrad Salinger. Choir: Maida Vale Singers. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Jerome Kern

    Long Ago And Far Away - from Cover Girl (1944)

    Music Arranger: Carmen Dragon. Singer: Louise Dearman. Singer: Matthew Ford. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    S'Wonderful - from An American in Paris (1951)

    Music Arranger: Conrad Salinger. Music Arranger: Johnny Green. Singer: Julian Ovenden. Singer: Matthew Ford. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Harold Arlen

    The Man That Got Away - A Star Is Born (1954)

    Music Arranger: Ray Heindorf. Singer: Louise Dearman. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    An American in Paris (1951) - Ballet

    Music Arranger: Saul Chaplin. Music Arranger: Conrad Salinger. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Harold Arlen

    Encore: It's A New World - from A Star Is Born (1954)

    Music Arranger: Ray Heindorf. Singer: Louise Dearman. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Burton Lane

    Encore: Applause, Applause - from Give a Girl a Break (1953)

    Singer: Louise Dearman. Singer: Julian Ovenden. Singer: Matthew Ford. Choir: Maida Vale Singers. Orchestra: John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata Op.31 No.2 'The Tempest'

    Performer: Rudolf Buchbinder.
    • RCA RED SEAL.
    • 8869787510-2.
  • Frederick Delius

    The Walk to the Paradise Garden (A Village Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN 9355.
    • 1.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Full fathom five (Three Shakespeare Songs, No 1)

    Choir: The Finzi Singers. Conductor: Paul Spicer.
    • Holst & Vaughan Williams - Choral Music.
    • Chandos.
    • 15.

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