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PORGY AND BESS (Gershwin) [Import]

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1. Porgy And Bess: Introduction And Summertime
2. Porgy And Bess: A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
3. Porgy And Bess: Where Is Brudder Robbins?; Gone, Gone, Gone; Overflow
4. Porgy And Bess: My Man's Gone Now
5. Porgy And Bess: Leavin' For The Promise' Lan'
6. Porgy And Bess: I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
7. Porgy And Bess: Bess, You Is My Woman
8. Porgy And Bess: Oh, I Can't Sit Down; I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' (Reprise)
9. Porgy And Bess: It Ain't Necessarily So
10. Porgy And Bess: It's Like Dis, Crown; What You Want Wid Bess?
11. Porgy And Bess: I Loves You, Porgy
12. Porgy And Bess: There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
13. Porgy And Bess: Oh, Bess, Oh, Where's My Bess; Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, greatest Bess July 12 2004
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This is a real recording of a broadway cast and they are top notch. The star is Bess, and she is beautiful, with a velvety voice of richness and high, shimmering femininty. My roommate has this recording and I often sneak into his room to play it. I was addicted to the "I's yo woman now" duet between Bess and Porgy. The deeply evocative music is futher enhanced by singing actors, not just singers. It makes a difference. You will feel immersed in the black american experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great singers! Sept. 4 2002
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As with most vocal music, the quality of the singers can "make or break" the performance. Here they are all in top form, operatic in stature without being stiff or formal. The orchestra also plays well. The only complaint I have is that the balance is occasionally "off", I get the impression that the engineers were attempting to recreate the sense of a live, stage performance, but sometimes the music ends up sounding distant. Fortunately, this does not happen often.
Without a doubt, this is the best modern Porgy and Bess I've heard on record.
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I once got into an argument with a friend as to whether Porgy and Bess was an opera or not. My friend insisted that it was definitely not an opera because of the way it was written. He had never seen the score, never listened to any recording of it, even the partial recording then available from Columbia with Avon Long as Sportin' Life. I won the argument.
Then later I purchased the Loren Maazel recording and a copy of the piano score, and suddenly I began wondering if my friend hadn't been right after all. Porgy and Bess is more than just a run-of-the-mill opera. It's a musical drama on the scale of a Wagnerian epic, and yet it deals with the lives of common people. Gershwin had even gone to great lengths to give Dubose Heyward's very shallow book, Porgy, great depth. Heyward's two-dimensional, comic-strip Afro-Americans suddenly seemed to have souls, values, loves, needs, ambitions, all the things that make a people human and noble.
And then came the Houston Grand Opera production of which this is the recording. I actually saw the Houston Grand Opera perform this on stage in Boston, minus Clamma Dale as Bess. I am very grateful for the fact that this recording has chosen to include Ms. Dale, who is the best Bess I have ever heard singing this.
So is this an opera or something else? You'll just have to buy it and find out for yourself.
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