Gershwin: Porgy & Bess [Original 1935 Production Version] (2006)
by Alvy Powell (vocals), Barron Coleman (vocals), Bart LeFan (vocals), Calvin Lee (vocals), Chauncey Packer (vocals), Desmond Mouton (vocals), Jeremiah Cooper (vocals), Justin Lee Miller (vocals), Leonard Rowe (vocals), Lester Lynch (vocals)
This two-disc Porgy and Bess records not an entirely new version of the Gershwin opera, but a claimed improvement on the "complete" version that ... Show synopsis This two-disc Porgy and Bess records not an entirely new version of the Gershwin opera, but a claimed improvement on the "complete" version that surfaced in the 1970s and changed the opera from a series of set pieces to a living work of drama. Using notations made on the original orchestral parts, conductor John Mauceri and a team of researchers have reconstructed Porgy and Bess as it was heard on the occasion of its New York premiere in 1935. The work as Gershwin originally wrote it, and as it had been performed in Boston previews, ran for nearly three and a half hours, and Gershwin made 45 minutes of cuts during the New York rehearsals. Thus, the producers argue, this was what might be called the "composer's cut" of the opera -- Gershwin's best intention for how it should sound. One motivation for the cuts, however, was to let suburban patrons make the last trains north out of Manhattan, which departed at midnight. It's a shame to lose the "Buzzard Song," which fills out Porgy's knowing pessimism and...
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