Recorded on 09/09/2009, uploaded on 12/29/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Gershwin's music drama about the crippled Porgy and
his determined love for Bess, set in the 1930s in Charleston, South Carolina, is among the most beloved and widely performed of
all American operas. "This, Gershwin's last serious work," wrote David Ewen,
"possesses that richness, vitality and variety of melody, that vigor of rhythm,
that spontaneity and freshness we associate with Gershwin's best music. Of all
Gershwin's serious works, it is the only one to reveal compassion, humanity and
a profound dramatic instinct. Its roots are in the soil of the Negro people,
whom it interprets with humor, tragedy, penetrating characterizations, dramatic
power and sympathy."
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