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Gershwin: Porgy & Bess
 
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Gershwin: Porgy & Bess

28 Nov. 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 5 Sept. 2005
  • Release Date: 5 Sept. 2005
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 3:09:10
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  • ASIN: B001KNVXOI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,269 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By MSP Rose on 16 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
A really thorough and accomplished recording of one of the most beautiful and striking operas of the 20th century. Some pieces (the Buzzard Song and Maria's "I Hate Your Struttin' Style") are cut from many recordings and productions because of length and/or technical demands. This recording, by contrast, allows you to hear the whole design from beginning to end. Simon Rattle's sensitive handling shows off the delicacy of the orchestral music, whereas some other recordings can get a bit brash when trying to celebrate the opera's exuberance. This means that he's able to pull out all the stops and unleash all the emotional power in the music when he wants to. Cynthia Haymon (Bess) is occasionally a bit shrill (especially compared to the 1950s version), and the accents of some of the smaller characters can slip a bit, but the cast in general is superb.

Porgy and Bess is the audio equivalent of a peacock's tail. It's an Afro-American folk-opera created by a genius with Russian Jewish ancestry and a 1920s New York background. The result is some of the most colourful music around. A lot of the experimental songs in it are now jazz standards, "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So", for example. Whether you're coming to it from an interest in Gershwin's popular 1930s songs or from more standard classical music, its fluidity and passion and vivid energy is likely to be a revelation. And this recording is probably the most complete, luscious and carefully-produced version you're likely to find.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clif on 22 Jan. 2012
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This must be the definitive recording of the opera, with an excellent all-black cast (in accordance with Gershwin's wishes). It is lavishly presented together with a booklet containing a synopsis, the full libretto, and other useful background material. This is no pared-down reissue but the real thing, and the recording quality is very realistic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 29 July 2013
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The first act of this opera sets up the drama in a fully self-contained Black community working as fishermen for some and cotton sharecroppers for the rest. We are inside their living quarters that are devised as a fort with all rooms opening only onto the inside yard where everything happens. The community is shown as pretty idle though we understand we are on Saturday night and the activities are alcohol, a crap game, drugs (happy dust) and women. The drug dealer is Sporting Life. This situational composition leads to Robbins playing against Crown. Robbins is a plain member of the community, married to Serena, whereas Crown is more or less the local pimp who is dragging Bess around as his woman. Robbins wins and Crown refuses to lose and starts a fight and he kills Robbins, and runs with the money that had been given to him by Bess. Bess refuses the proposition from Sporting Life to go to New York with him and he goes away too. The scene turns into a dirge dedicated to the dead man.

Then the people are confronted to the police who want to arrest one man, no matter who and order the body to be buried by tomorrow or it will be taken to the medical school to be dissected by the students there. The community has to collect fifteen dollars to pay for the funeral. The undertaker is there to collect.

This act shows how this community is poor, cut off from the rest of society, form the whites, a sort of shared exclusion: the Blacks don't want to share anything with the whites and the whites don't want to have anything to do with the Blacks. But life is cruel in many ways.
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By Eva Noring on 29 April 2014
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Fine singers,fantastic music,just seen it at the opera in Copenhagen.
Hear the opera and get thrilled.
i recommend to all my friends.
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