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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Maazel, White, Boatwright, Et Al


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000994602   Spars Code: n/a 
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

1. 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 

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