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Gershwin - Porgy and Bess (complete) - with Leontyne Price (1952)

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Porgy and Bess
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     Porgy and Bess_Libretto.pdf -
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     Porgy and Bess_booklet.pdf -
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Gershwin - Porgy and Bess (complete) - Leontyne Price 1952
Opera in three acts, music by George Geshwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, adaptated from the play Porgy by DuBose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward

First performance: 30-IX-1935, Colonial Theatre, Boston

Leontyne Price, Cab Calloway and William Warfield (London production)

Leontyne Price, soprano: Bess
William Warfield, bass-baritone: Porgy
Cab Calloway, tenor: Sporting Life
John McCurry, baritone: Crown
Joseph James, baritone: Jake
Helen Colbert, soprano: Clara
Eva Jessye Choir
RIAS Unterhaltung Orchester
Alexander Smallens

Recorded 21-IX-1952, Titania Palast, Berlin
Ape files, cue files (ape and wav), booklet and libretto (English) included.
(Due certainly to reserved rights, this set is issued without a libretto; I scanned the one supplied with the Decca recording by Maazel; there may be some cuts and differences)
When Leontyne Price recorded some highlights of Porgy an Bess for RCA in the 60s (uploaded by Nii, http://www.demonoid.com/files/details/1487377/5426554/), everyone thought "why not the complete opera?". Thanks to the label Guild Historical, here it is at last.
In the 50s, Porgy and Bess was presented worldwide during three years with young voices which were discovered then and became famous, and among them the magnificent Leontyne Price!
This recording is made from a live recording in Berlin, in 1952. The conductor is Alexander Smallens who conducted the première in Boston in 1935.
It is a live recording, so stage noises, applause, but an exceptional performance (and with a very good sound).
Review: Classical.Net 2008 by Gerald Fenech
This splendid recording featuring a stellar cast of what has to be one of the 20th century's definite masterpieces is a major discovery. Featuring the up and coming Leontyne Price and William Warfield in the roles of Bess and Porgy, there is a definite sense of authenticity and brilliance about proceedings.

The notes by Robert Matthew Walker tell us that this was the work's first European performance after the famous commercial recording was issued by CBS in 1952. Although stage noise is quite overbearing and dominant in some stages, the music comes across as quite magnificent and it goes without saying that the singing is consistently out of the top drawer with the orchestra also playing an important role.

If not displacing other notable modern versions of this work by Maazel and Rattle, this new offering from Guild more than deserves its place in the historical pantheon of this great work from that master of jazz, George Gershwin.

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