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Gershwin: Porgy & Bess

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester


Alexander Smallens


Leontyne Price

Bess

Helen Colbert

Clara

Ray Yates

Crab man

John McCurry

Crown

Walter Riemann

Detective

Moses Lamar

Frazier

Joseph James

Jake

Leslie Scott

Jim

William Warfield

Porgy

Howard Roberts

Robbins

Helen Thigpen

Serena

Cab Calloway

Sporting Life

Helen Dowdy

Strawberry woman

William Weasey

Undertaker

Eva Jessye Choir



Venue:

Titania Palast, Berlin



Record Label
Guild Historical

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 139:08
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Porgy & Bess

139:17  
   
  COMPACT DISC ONE  
  Act 1 Scene 1  
1 Introduction – 'Summertime' 8:09
2 'A woman is a sometime thing' 2:09
3 'Here come de honey man' 2:43
4 'They pass by singin'' 5:54
5 'Oh, little stars; Touch that money an' meety yo' Gawd' 2:16
6 'Wake up an' hit it out' 2:32
  Act 1 Scene 2  
7 'Gone, gone, gone' 3:21
8 'Overflow, overflow' 2:19
9 'Um! A saucer-burial steput, I see' 3:31
10 'May Man's gone now' 3:30
11 'How de saucer stan' now, my sister?' 1:42
12 'Oh, the train is at the station' 0:55
13 'Oh, he's gone, gone, gone' 1:35
  Act 2 Scene 1  
14 'It takes a long pull go get there' 2:41
15 'Oh, I got plenty o'nuttin'' 2:44
16 'Mornin', Lawyer, lookin' for somebody?' 7:05
17 'Bess, you is my woman now' 4:31
18 'I stayin' with Porgy' 1:01
19 'Oh, I can't sit down' 2:07
20 'Goodbye, Porgy!' 1:21


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1 'I ain' got no shame' 1:41
2 'It ain't necessarily so' 4:45
3 'Tell me…' 2:34
4 'Oh… What you want wid Bess?' 3:00
  Act 2 Scene 3  
5 Interlude 2:57
6 'Honey, dat's all de breakfast I got time for' 4:48
7 'Oh, doctor Jesus' 1:55
8 'O dey's so fresh an' fine' 2:03
9 'I'm talkin' about devil crabs' 1:58
10 'Porgy, Porgy, dat you there' 2:04
11 'I wants to stay here' 2:46
12 'What you stand and watchin' for, Clara?' 2:28
  Act 2 Scene 4  
13 'Oh, de Lawd shake de Heavens' 2:21
14 'Oh, dere's somebody knockin' at de do'' 3:41
15 'A red-headed woman' 0:54
16 'What's de matter?' 2:39
  Act 3 Scene 1  
17 'Clara, Clara, don't you be downhearted' 6:13
18 Interlude (Death of Crown) 1:04
  Act 3 Scene 2  
19 Introduction 1:35
20 'Wait for us at the corner, Al' 6:20
21 'Oh, Gawd! They goin' make him look on Crown's face!' 1:22
22 'There's a boat dat's leavin'' 3:33
  Act 3 Scene 3  
23 Introduction 1:01
24 'Thank Gawd I's home again!' 8:18
25 'Oh, Bess, oh where's my Bess' 5:02
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"...definitely highly interesting."

Göran Forsling

MusicWeb International - 2 July 2008


                   ’EDITORS CHOICE’

"A famous  and tremendous  Porgy and Bess No Gershwin lover should miss
 

Gramophone - August 2008

"Here is something I never expected to hear – one of the most significant 20th-century opera productions, caught live and in amazingly vivid sound...." "The original tape has been made available from the collection of Enno Riekena. The sound is clear, well defined; the recording favours the voices, but Alexander Smallens, who conducted the first performance in 1935, somehow persuades some really hot playing from the RIAS Light Orchestra."

"In those crucial cameos, Helen Dowdy hollers the Strawberry Woman’s cry, and Ray Yates is the irresistible Crab Man (both created the roles). Cab Calloway’s insinuating manner is just as effective in “It ain’t necessarily so” as it had been decades earlier in “Kicking the Gong Around”. Some of the soloists are uncredited – who is the feisty Maria? No one who admires Gershwin’s work should ignore this unique document. As Angelou put it: “Even the chorus performed with such verve that a viewer could easily believe each singer was competing for a leading part.”

Patrick O’Connor

Gramophone - August 2008


"Porgy and Bess is surely the best-knownand best-loved American Opera, whether played on Broadway or at the Met and Glyndebourne. Although there are no formal dance sequences, dance rhythms pervade Gershwin’s score so that dance becomes part of life on Catfish Row. Now, to Supplement several fully operatic recordings that use his original score, complete with the opening piano sequence and recitatives, we have a welcome souvenir of the famous 1952 revival that traveled the world for three years, famously going as far as Russia, using the version with spoken dialogue that Cheryl Crawford had successfully arranged in 1942. Recorded in Berlin  September 1952, it features Leontyne Price, William Warfield, and Cab Calloway with a strong, experienced cast that includes Helen Dowdy, Ray Yates, and Alexander Smallens from the original 1935 production.

Although Price’s lovely voice hadn’t yet developed the sheen of her glory years, it’s a fascinating document of an impartant moment in the American theater. Price and Warfield later recorded excepts from the score along with John W. Bubbles, the original Sporting Life, who gives a more insinuating performance than Calloway’s over-the-top portrayal, but this recording has a wonderful theatrical feel, with strong characterizations from everyone, despite the so-so sound."
 

Ballet Review - Fall 2008

                          Performance *****      Recording *****

"...And altogether this recording, refurbished in startlingly immediate mono sound, is both a fascinating document and thoroughly enjoyable in its own right. Anthony Burton."

 

BBC Music Magazine - September 2008


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Pizzicato - November 2008



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