Great Scenes from Gershwin's Porgy & Bess Original recording remastered
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To respond to some of the other reviews... John Bubbles is phenomonal as Sporting Life - he was, after all, the composer's personal choice for the role - and those who quibble that his acting is better than his voice are missing the point: "Porgy and Bess" is, first and foremost, meant to be acted! (And, truth be known, I like his voice...)
Which brings us to the legendary Leontyne Price/William Warfield combination. After listening to this again (and the restored sound is wondrous), I felt that a definition of Hell would be to have to follow Leontyne Price in this - or ANY - role. She owned the role of Bess by the time this recording was made, and her acting and vocal skills are matchless (It's possible that the opening "..Ooooh.." in "What You Want Wit' Bess?" is one of the sexiest and most dramatic ten seconds in the history of recording). William Warfield is not far behind in his portrayal of Porgy - it is beatifully sung, if not as convincingly acted as some of the other characters.
But that said, what makes this recording absolutely matchless - and probably forever - is the playing of the nameless 1960's New York studio musicians who comprise the "RCA Victor Symphony Symphony Orchestra." What they bring to the "pit" is what is missing from virtually every other "Porgy" recording: the innate swagger, confidence, and panache that come from a career of working with one foot firmly in the "symphonic" world and the other firmly in the "commercial" (in New York's, case, Broadway/Jazz) world.Read more ›
Most highly recommended.
Really, you couldn't get much better for $12.00!
Just a marvelous recording, definitely a keeper!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did not have "Ol' Man River" on it! Too much chorus and Leontyne Price!Published 13 months ago by shirley
Received the original and still have it, however quality is extremely poor, I'm still waiting on a better quality apparent it's hard to get one. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tatiana
I have heard and owned dozens of recorded PORGY AND BESS' ranging from the soundtrack recording of Preminger's dreadful film--to Simon Rattle's 3-CD epic. Read morePublished 24 months ago by L. Solomon
If you want to go on enjoying various performances of this magnificent work..DON'T BUY THIS RECORDING OF HIGHLIGHTS. Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by Bobby Corno