Porgy & Bess [1988 Studio Cast]

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Gramophone - Edward Seckerson
We've a real sense here of Gershwin's community, a feeling of oneness with the piece from singers who've not only lived with, but through, their characters. I doubt we'll ever hear the score in a better light.... And behind it all is Rattle himself, so attuned and so alive to every aspect of the score.
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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Edward Seckerson
We've a real sense here of Gershwin's community, a feeling of oneness with the piece from singers who've not only lived with, but through, their characters. I doubt we'll ever hear the score in a better light.... And behind it all is Rattle himself, so attuned and so alive to every aspect of the score.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724347683220
  • Catalog Number: 76832


Disc 1
  1. 1–53 Porgy and Bess, opera - George Gershwin & Gregg Baker (189:09)
    Composed byGeorge Gershwin
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byGregg Baker, Harolyn Blackwell, Maureen Braithwaite, Maureen Braithwaite, Cynthia Clarey, Barrington Coleman, Damon Evans, Michael Forest, Colenton Freeman, Colenton Freeman, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Cynthia Haymon, Bruce Hubbard, Paula Ingram, Camellia Johnson, Camellia Johnson, William Johnson, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wayne Marshall, Raemond Martin, Ted Maynard, Billy J. Mitchell, Autris Paige, Simon Rattle, Craig Rutenberg, Marietta Simpson, Linda Thompson, Alan Tilvern, Ron Travis, Mervin Wallace, Rev. Curtis Watson, Willard White, Johnny Worthy, Ritchie Pitts, Anne Fridal, Jim Malary, Hyacinth Nicholls, Hyacinth Nicholls, Blair Wilson
    1. 1Act 1. Scene 1. Introduction
    2. 2Act 1. Scene 1. Summertime and the livin' is easy
    3. 3Act 1. Scene 1. Oh, nobody knows when the Lawd is goin' to call
    4. 4Act 1. Scene 1. Give him to me... Lissen to yo' daddy warn you... / Oh, a woman is a sometime thing
    5. 5Act 1. Scene 1. Here's the ol' crap shark!... No. no, brudder
    6. 6Act 1. Scene 1. Here comes Big Boy!
    7. 7Act 1. Scene 1. Six to make!
    8. 8Act 1. Scene 1. Jesus, he killed him!... That you, Sportin' Life?
    9. 9Act 1. Scene 2. Where is brudder Robbins?... Come on, sister
    10. 10Act 1. Scene 2. Overflow, overflow
    11. 11Act 1. Scene 2. A saucer-burial set-up, I see
    12. 12Act 1. Scene 2. My man's gone now
    13. 13Act 1. Scene 2. How de saucer stan' now, my sister?
    14. 14Act 1. Scene 2. Oh, the train is at the station
    15. 15Act 2. Scene 1. Oh, I'm agoin' out to the Blackfish banks
    16. 16Act 2. Scene 1. Mus' be you mens forgot about de picnic... / Oh, I got plenty o' nuttin'
    17. 17Act 2. Scene 1. Lissen there, what I tells you... I hates yo' struttin' style
    18. 18Act 2. Scene 1. Mornin', Lawyer, lookin' for somebody?
    19. 19Act 2. Scene 1. Boy. Come here, boy!
    20. 20Act 2. Scene 1. Buzzard keep on flyin' over
    21. 21Act 2. Scene 1. 'Lo, Bess, goin' to de picnic?
    22. 22Act 2. Scene 1. Honey, we sure goin' strut our stuff today!... / Bess, you is my woman now
    23. 23Act 2. Scene 1. Oh, I can't sit down
    24. 24Act 2. Scene 2. I ain't got no shame doin' what I like to do!
    25. 25Act 2. Scene 2. It ain't necessarily so... Shame on all you sinners
    26. 26Act 2. Scene 2. Crown!... You know very well dis Crown!
    27. 27Act 2. Scene 2. Oh, what you want wid Bess?
    28. 28Act 2. Scene 3. Honey, dat's all de breakfast I got time for
    29. 29Act 2. Scene 3. Take yo' han's off me, I say
    30. 30Act 2. Scene 3. Oh, Doctor Jesus
    31. 31Act 2. Scene 3. Oh dey's so fresh an' fine
    32. 32Act 2. Scene 3. Porgy, Porgy, dat you there, ain't it?
    33. 33Act 2. Scene 3. I wants to stay here, but I ain't worthy
    34. 34Act 2. Scene 3. Why you been out on that wharf so long, Clara?
    35. 35Act 2. Scene 4. Oh, Doctor Jesus
    36. 36Act 2. Scene 4. One of dese mornings you goin' to rise up singin'
    37. 37Act 2. Scene 4. Oh, dere's somebody knockin' at de do'
    38. 38Act 2. Scene 4. You is a nice parcel of Christians!
    39. 39Act 2. Scene 4. A red-headed woman make a choo-choo jump its track
    40. 40Act 2. Scene 4. All right, I'm goin' out to get Clara... Oh, Doctor Jesus
    41. 41Act 3. Scene 1. Clara, Clara, don't you be downhearted... / You low-life skunk, ain' you got no sha
    42. 42Act 3. Scene 1. Summertime... (Porgy kills Crown)
    43. 43Act 3. Scene 2. Introduction... Wait for us at the corner
    44. 44Act 3. Scene 2. Come out here, both of you
    45. 45Act 3. Scene 2. Oh, Lawd, what I goin' do? / Oh, Gawd! They going' make him look on Crown's face!
    46. 46Act 3. Scene 2. Listen: There's a boat dat's leavin' soon for New York
    47. 47Act 3. Scene 3. Introduction
    48. 48Act 3. Scene 3. Good mornin', sistuh!... It's Porgy comin' home
    49. 49Act 3. Scene 3. Dem white folks sure ain't put nuttin' over on this baby
    50. 50Act 3. Scene 3. Here Mingo, what's de matter wid you all?
    51. 51Act 3. Scene 3. Where's Bess?
    52. 52Act 3. Scene 3. Bess is gone
    53. 53Act 3. Scene 3. Oh Lawd, I'm on my way
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Simon Rattle Primary Artist
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