Gershwin - Porgy and Bess | Warner - The Home of Opera 9029590064

Gershwin - Porgy and Bess

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Label: Warner - The Home of Opera

Cat No: 9029590064

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 20th January 2017

Contents

Artists

Willard White
Cynthia Haymon
Damon Evans
Cynthia Clarey
Harolyn Blackwell
Bruce Hubbard
Marietta Simpson
Gregg Baker
Barrington Coleman
Johnny Worthy
Curtis Watson
Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Simon Rattle

Works

Gershwin, George

Porgy and Bess

Artists

Willard White
Cynthia Haymon
Damon Evans
Cynthia Clarey
Harolyn Blackwell
Bruce Hubbard
Marietta Simpson
Gregg Baker
Barrington Coleman
Johnny Worthy
Curtis Watson
Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Simon Rattle

About

“One of the most important opera recordings of recent years” was Opera magazine’s verdict on this Porgy and Bess, which immortalised Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s first-ever production of Gershwin’s masterpiece. “Simon Rattle treats Porgy as one of the great opera scores of the 20th century… the entire performance bristles with a theatrical immediacy… The cast is a great one, led by Willard White, a dark-voiced, dignified, ultimately noble Porgy… and Cynthia Haymon’s lustrous Bess... This is a great souvenir of a great Glyndebourne event.”

Cast:
- Porgy: Willard White
- Bess: Cynthia Haymon
- Clara: Harolyn Blackwell
- Sporting Life: Damon Evans
- Jake: Bruce Hubbard
- Serena: Cynthia Clarey
- Maria: Marietta Simpson
- Crown: Gregg Baker
- Mingo: Barrington Coleman
- Robbins: Johnny Worthy
- Jim: Curtis Watson

Reviews

Rattle and the LPO capture Gershwin’s rhythmic exuberance with the degree of freedom essential if jazz-based inspirations are to sound idiomatic. The chorus is the finest and most responsive, and Willard White is superbly matched by the magnificent Jake of Bruce Hubbard and by the dark and resonant Crown of Gregg Baker. ... Cynthia Haymon as Bess is movingly convincing in conveying equivocal emotions, Harolyn Blackwell as Clara sensuously relishes Rattle’s slow speed for Summertime and Cynthia Clarey is an intense and characterful Serena.
Penguin Guide 2010
Penguin Rosette Winner

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