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Porgy & Bess / Blue Monday

G. Gershwin Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Audio CD (May 26, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000007OMA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. 'Summertime'
3. 'A Woman Is A Sometime Thing'
4. 'Gone, Gone, Gone'
5. Overflow
6. 'My Man's Gone Now'
7. Leavin' For The Promise Lan'
8. 'I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
9. 'Bess, You Is My Woman Now'
10. 'Oh, I Can't Sit Down'
11. 'I Ain't Got No Shame'
12. 'It Ain't Necessarily So'
13. 'I Loves You, Porgy'
14. Opening Scene
15. Lonely Boy
16. 'Oh Bess, O Where's My Bess'
17. 'Oh, Lawd, I'm On My Way'
18. Blue Monday - CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY CHORUS

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4.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent February 20, 2002
If you have ever been, or think you might ever be, a fan of the music of George Gershwin, opera, musical theatre, jazz, powerful, triumphant singing by trained African-American voices, orchestral music, historical/cultural documents layered in innovative artistry, hearing the next generation of Opera Grand Dammes and Divos before the sun also rises on their already international careers...all of this and more is to be found on this CD. One might say I'm a little biased, as my ex-fiancee/best friend (Angela Brown, Soprano) and a number of friends of mine in the business are on this CD. But you don't have to know them to love them when they sound like this.
Angela, who has one of the most powerful voices in the industry (she recently covered AIDA at the Met for an all of a sudden slightly nervous and miraculously recovered from illness [upon hearing Angela warm up on stage] Debra Voigt), sings PORGY's "My Man's Gone Now" about as well as I've ever heard her--which is by definition (trust me) better than most of the sopranos of the last century, BAR NONE...the master Greg Baker, who has done Amonasaro and John The Baptist at the Met to incredibly deserved acclaim, performs excerpts from his signatue role Crown and Porgy at the top of his game...the rich tones of Marquita Lister, whose debut as Bess in the Goetz Friedrich production of PORGY in the Theatre Des Westens of Berlin in 1993 was a shot to all established divas heard 'round the world (now singing with her on that stage at that time was FUN, let me tell you), sounds like a ringy, milk chocolate/black velvet version of the milky, white velvet Rene Fleming...Diva Harolyn Blackwell, not to be outdone, rings and soars in everything she does...
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