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PORGY & BESS by George Gershwin

PORGY & BESS by George Gershwin

Item No. GHCD 2313/14

Price GBP 9.20 / USD

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Medium: 2 CD 
Release Date: 01.04.2008

Live Recording, Titania Palast, Berlin – 21 September 1952 - This is one of the most important issues of historic opera recordings ever released. In 1952, the US State Department sub vented a world tour of George Gershwin’s opera Porgy & Bess which was seen in many countries in Europe and in South America. It was the tour which made an international star of the great black soprano Leontyne Price, who thereafter never recorded the opera complete. We are pleased to present a broadcast recording from September 1952 in Berlin, sung in English, of a live performance of the complete opera from the opera house. The sound has been completely updated with modern technology, and the ‘feel’ of a live performance (which this is) adds a dimension to the experience which is utterly authentic and most exciting.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
1/01 Act 1 - Scene 1 - Introduction - ‘Summertime’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 8:09
1/02 ‘A woman is a sometime thing’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:09
1/03 ‘Here come de honey man’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:43
1/04 ‘They pass by singin’’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 5:54
1/05 ‘Oh, little stars, Touch that money an’ meet yo’ Gawd’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:16
1/06 ‘Wake up an’ hit it out’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:32
1/07 Act 1 - Scene 2 - ‘Gone, gone, gone’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 3:21
1/08 ‘Overflow, overflow’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:19
1/09 ‘Um! A saucer-burial setup, I see’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 3:31
1/10 ‘My Man’s gone now’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 3:30
1/11 ‘How de saucer stan’ now, my sister?’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 1:42
1/12 ‘Oh, the train is at the station’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 0:55
1/13 ‘Oh, he’s gone, gone, gone’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 1:35
1/14 Act 2 - Scene 1 - ‘It takes a long pull to get there’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:41
1/15 ‘Oh, I got plenty o’nuttin’’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:44
1/16 ‘Mornin’, Lawyer, lookin’ for somebody?' George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 7:05
1/17 ‘Bess, you is my woman now’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 4:31
1/18 ‘I stayin’ with Porgy’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 1:01
1/19 ‘Oh, I can’t sit down’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:07
1/20 ‘Goodbye, Porgy!’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 1:21
2/01 Act 2 - Scene 2 - ‘I ain’ got no shame’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 1:41
2/02 ‘It ain’t necessarily so’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 4:45
2/03 ‘Tell me...’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:34
2/04 ‘Oh .. What you want wid Bess?’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 3:00
2/05 Act 2 - Scene 3 - Interlude George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:57
2/06 ‘Honey, dat’s all de breakfast I got time for’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 4:48
2/07 ‘Oh, doctor Jesus’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 1:55
2/08 ‘O dey’s so fresh an’fine’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:03
2/09 ‘I’m talkin’ about devil crabs’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 1:58
2/10 ‘Porgy, Porgy, dat you there’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:04
2/11 ‘I wants to stay here’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:46
2/12 ‘What you stand and watchin’ for, Clara?’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:28
2/13 Act 2 - Scene 4 - ‘Oh, de Lawd shake de Heavens’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:21
2/14 ‘Oh, dere’s somebody knockin’ at de do’’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 3:41
2/15 ‘A red-headed woman’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 0:54
2/16 ‘What’s de matter?’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 2:39
2/17 Act 3 - Scene 1 - ‘Clara, Clara, don’t you be downhearted’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 6:13
2/18 Interlude (Death of Crown) George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 1:04
2/19 Act 3 - Scene 2 - Introduction George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 1:35
2/20 ‘Wait for us at the corner, Al’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 6:20
2/21 ‘Oh, Gawd! They goin’ make him look on Crown’s face!’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 1:22
2/22 ‘There’s a boat dat’s leavin’’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 3:33
2/23 Act 3 - Scene 3 - Introduction George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 1:01
2/24 ‘Thank Gawd I’s home again!’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 8:18
2/25 ‘Oh, Bess, oh where’s my Bess’ George Gershwin (1898-1937) RIAS-Unterhaltungsorchester conducted by Alexander Smallens with William Warfield (Porgy), Leontyne Price (Bess) and others 5:02
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