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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Maazel, White, Boatwright

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Release Date: 09/17/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001895202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Gershwin
Performer:  Francois ClemmonsArthur ThompsonBarbara ConradBarbara Hendricks,   ... 
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland OrchestraCleveland Orchestra Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Lorin Maazel's Cleveland recording of the complete Porgy and Bess is one of his finest achievements on record, richly emotional, strongly characterized, yet meticulously controlled in his characteristic way. The vivid Decca sound of mid-seventies vintage comes up superbly on CD, for voices and orchestra are very clearly focused within a believable acoustic, and the extra clarification from the medium and the absence of background add to the sense of presence and reality...the finesse and expressive range of the Maazel are satisfyingly great, while keeping very much within an authentic Gershwin idiom."

-- Gramophone [2/1986] Reviewing earlier release of the recording
"Lorin Maazel's Cleveland recording of the complete Porgy and Bess is one of his finest achievements on record, richly emotional, strongly characterized, yet meticulously controlled in his characteristic way. The vivid Decca sound of mid-seventies vintage comes up superbly on CD, for voices and orchestra are very clearly focused within a believable acoustic, and the extra clarification from the medium and the absence of background add to the sense of presence and reality...the finesse and expressive range of the Maazel are satisfyingly great, while keeping very much within an authentic Gershwin idiom."

-- Gramophone [2/1986] Reviewing earlier release of the recording
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Works on This Recording

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Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin
Performer:  Francois Clemmons (Tenor), Arthur Thompson (Baritone), Barbara Conrad (Alto),
Barbara Hendricks (Soprano), Florence Quivar (Mezzo Soprano), McHenry Boatwright (Baritone),
Leona Mitchell (Soprano), Willard White (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Porgy and Bess / Act 1: Introduction - Jazzbo Brown Blues
Porgy and Bess / Act 1: "Summertime"
Porgy and Bess / Act 1: "A Woman Is a Sometime Thing"
Porgy and Bess / Act 1: "Here Come De Honey Man ... Here's the Ol' Crap Shark"
Porgy and Bess / Act 1: "They Pass By Singin'...Here Comes Big Boy!...Don't You Ever Let a Woman Grieve You"
Porgy and Bess / Act 1: "O, Little Stars...Touch That Money an' Meet Yo' Gawd!"
Porgy and Bess / Act 1: "Wake Up An' Hit It Out!...That You, Sportin'Life?"
Porgy and Bess / Act 1: "Gone, Gone, Gone"
Porgy and Bess / Act 1: "Overflow, Overflow ... Gawd Got Plenty Of Money For De Saucer"
Porgy and Bess / Act 1: "Um! A Saucer-Burial Setup, I See"
Porgy and Bess / Act 1: "My Man's Gone Now"
Porgy and Bess / Act 1: "Headin' For the Promis' Lan'"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "It Takes a Long Pull To Get There"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "I Hates Yo' Struttin'...Mornin, Lawyer..Dey's a Buckra"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: Buzzard Song
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "Bess, You Is My Woman Now"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "Oh, I Can't Sit Down"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "I Ain't Got No Shame"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "It Ain't Necessarily So"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "Oh! What You Want Wid Bess?"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "Honey, Dat's All De Breakfast...Take You' Hands Off Me"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "Oh, Doctor Jesus"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "Oh, Dey's So Fresh ... I'm Talkin' About Devil Crabs"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "Porgy, Porgy, Dat You There"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "I Loves You, Porgy"
Porgy and Bess / Act 2: "Why You Been Out On That Wharf?"

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