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G. Gershwin: Porgy & Bess (Live Recording from Berlin 1952)

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The Houston Grand Opera mounted a revival of George Gershwin's 1935 musical/opera Porgy and Bess in July 1976, and brought it to Broadway in September. In November, RCA Victor recorded a full-length cast album of the show, released as a multi-record set in 1977. In 1983, a one-disc abridgement of highlights was released, and this is the CD version of that album, which was reissued in 1993. Unlike recordings that have taken a pop, jazz, or Broadway approach, this one positions Porgy and Bess squarely as an opera, with singing that emphasizes musical embellishment over lyrical expressiveness. As such, it is likely to appeal more to opera fans than to show music fans, but the quality of the Gershwin score, from "Summertime" to "I Loves You, Porgy," is unmistakable.


Genre: Classical

b. 22 January 1920, West Helena, Arkansas, USA, d. 25 August 2002, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Raised in Rochester, New York, as a child Warfield studied singing extensively, including earning a degree at Eastman College of Music. After serving in military intelligence in World War II (he was fluent in German) he secured a role in a touring company of Call Me Mister, which had premiered on Broadway in 1946. Also in the road company were showbusiness hopefuls Buddy Hackett, Carl Reiner and Bob Fosse....
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G. Gershwin: Porgy & Bess (Live Recording from Berlin 1952), William Warfield
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  • $24.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music, Opera
  • Released: 1983

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