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  • Standards & Gems is the culmination of Nonesuch Records' Gershwin Series. The collection features a bounty of well-known George and Ira Gershwin classics, as well as a number of recently discovered, lesser-known songs, all performed by some of today's most talented artists, including Dawn Upshaw, Audra McDonald, Judy Blazer, John Pizzarelli, Rebecca Luker, David Garrison, and Adam Arkin.

  • Standards & Gems is the culmination of Nonesuch Records' Gershwin Series. The collection features a bounty of well-known George and Ira Gershwin classics, as well as a number of recently discovered, lesser-known songs, all performed by some of today's most talented artists, including Dawn Upshaw, Audra McDonald, Judy Blazer, John Pizzarelli, Rebecca Luker, David Garrison, and Adam Arkin.

  • This first complete recording of Oh, Kay!, one of George and Ira Gershwin’s best-loved musicals, features gems like “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Clap Yo’ Hands,” and “Do-Do-Do,” as well as several numbers unheard in over 60 years. The all-star cast, headed by Dawn Upshaw in the title role, includes Kurt Ollmann, Susan Lucci, Fritz Weaver, Patrick Cassidy, Adam Arkin, and Robert Westenberg.

  • Though the original 1933 production of this Gershwin brothers romp suffered from fatal miscasting and mismanagement, what survived was a score described as "ravishing" by the New York Times, while "a couple of flat-out gorgeous love duets remind you that the Gershwins also wrote glistening evergreens like 'Someone to Watch Over Me.'" The version heard here restores elements of clarity and humor lost in the show’s brief run.

  • While not the Gershwin brothers' first foray into Broadway, Lady Be Good was their first monumentally successful work of musical theatre. The show was notably variable, often altering arrangements from night to night; this record features as close to a “definitive” version as possible, including arrangements and details taken from sketches and scores used over the course of the musical’s original run.

  • A critical success from the start, the Gershwins’ Strike Up the Band was far ahead of its time when it premiered in 1927. The story depicts a world of misguided businessmen, famous bureaucrats, and over-zealous patriots—all in a satiric fable about a US-Swiss war over the price of cheese. This new recording presents a landmark work of American musical theatre that, all these years since its debut, remains relevant today.

  • Premiered in 1930, Girl Crazy is perhaps the most influential of the Gershwin musicals, not least as the source of such standards as “But Not for Me,” “I Got Rhythm,” and “Embracable You.” With its joyous score now restored, and with a cast including the likes of Lorna Luft, Frank Gorshin, and Judy Blazer, the Gerswhin score is presented for the first time in its original context. The Chicago Tribune placed the album among the year's best.