Decca Presents Selections from George Gershwin's folk opera Porgy and Bess consists of two volumes of records, the first from 1940, and the next from 1942. The 1940 album was the first to record selections from George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess as sung by members of the original Broadway cast from 1935. The only singers involved were Todd Duncan as Porgy and Anne Brown as Bess. Duncan sang "It Ain't Necessarily So", which is sung in the opera by Sportin' Life.
George Jacob Gershwin was an American composer and pianist. Gershwins compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known, among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris as well as the opera Porgy and Bess. Gershwin studied piano under Charles Hambitzer and composition with Rubin Goldmark, Henry Cowell and he began his career as a song plugger, but soon started composing Broadway theatre works with his brother Ira Gershwin, and Buddy DeSylva.
This album has an average beat per minute of 80 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 80/80 BPM). Tracklist Selections from George Gershwin's Folk Opera Porgy and Bess. 1. Overture and Summertime. 10. My Man's Gone Now. 4'13. 80 BPM. Recent albums by George Gershwin.
Written-By – DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin. George Gershwin, Todd Duncan (3), Anne Brown, The Eva Jessye Choir, Conducting, Decca Symphony Orchestra. George Gershwin, Todd Duncan (3), Anne Brown, The Eva Jessye Choir, Conducting, Decca Symphony Orchestra - Porgy And Bess: Selections From George Gershwin's Folk Opera (LP, Album, Glo).
Originally conceived by George Gershwin as an "American folk opera", Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singersâ€ a daring artistic choice at the time. Gershwin chose the African-American musician Eva Jessye as the choral director for the opera.
1935 - New York: George Gershwin Music, 559 pages. Although purely instrumental selections and arrangements are permitted for this piece items containing any text by the author(s) listed below cannot be added to the main server until January 1, 2034. Items with text first published before 1924 or otherwise confirmed as public domain in the United States can be uploaded to the USA server only. php?title Porgy and Bess (Gershwin, George)&oldid 2843781.
Dutch National Opera presents Gershwin’s masterpiece Porgy and Bess; a unique, much-loved opera that includes popular hits like Summertime. George Gershwin’s oeuvre bridges the gap between jazz and classical music. It was DuBose Heyward’s novel Porgy that inspired him to compose the full-length opera in 1926, with his brother Ira Gershwin writing the libretto. In 1934 George spent the summer composing in South Carolina to immerse himself in the southern atmosphere. In his own words, he wanted this opera to combine ‘the drama and romance of Carmen and the beauty of Meistersinger’. Director James Robinson and conductor James Gaffigan both make their Dutch National Opera debut.
This is a piece that Gershwin took a full 11 months to compose and nine months to orchestrate, all based on the initial inspiration from a drama written by playwright Dorothy Heyward. Opening up the score is Gershwin's dazzling and seductive tune "Summertime," a landslide mark of musical brilliance. So daring and stylish do the quartet seem, that they bring quite a sense of dynamics and energy to the performance.
|A1||Overture And Summertime|
|A2||A Woman Is A Sometime Thing|
|A3||My Man's Gone Now|
|A4||It Take A Long Pull To Get There|
|A5||I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'|
|A7||Bess, You Is My Woman|
|B1||It Ain't Necessarily So|
|B2||What Do You Want Wid Bess?|
|B3||Strawberry Woman's Call|
|B4||Crab Man's Call|
|B5||I Loves You, Porgy|
|B7||There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York|
|B8||Porgy's Lament And Finale|
- Choir – Eva Jessye Choir
- Conductor – Alexander Smallens
- Orchestra – Decca Symphony Orchestra
- Vocals – Anne Brown, Todd Duncan
- Written-By – Gershwin*
|DL 9024||George Gershwin / Todd Duncan , Anne Brown, The Eva Jessye Choir*, Conducting*, Decca Symphony Orchestra||George Gershwin / Todd Duncan , Anne Brown, The Eva Jessye Choir*, Conducting*, Decca Symphony Orchestra - Porgy And Bess: Selections From George Gershwin's Folk Opera (LP, Album, Mono, RE, Glo)||Decca||DL 9024||US||Unknown|
|FL-7183||George Gershwin / Todd Duncan , Anne Brown, The Eva Jessye Choir*, Conducting*, Decca Symphony Orchestra||George Gershwin / Todd Duncan , Anne Brown, The Eva Jessye Choir*, Conducting*, Decca Symphony Orchestra - Porgy And Bess: Selections From George Gershwin's Folk Opera (LP, Album)||Festival Records||FL-7183||Australia||Unknown|
|DL 79024||Todd Duncan . Anne Brown, Decca Symphony Orchestra||Todd Duncan . Anne Brown, Decca Symphony Orchestra - George Gershwin's Porgy And Bess (LP, Album, Pin)||Decca||DL 79024||US||Unknown|
|LAT 8021||Gershwin*||Porgy And Bess (LP, Album, Mono)||Brunswick, Decca||LAT 8021||UK||1956|
|MCL 1662||Todd Duncan . Anne Brown||Todd Duncan . Anne Brown - George Gershwin's Porgy And Bess (LP, Enh)||MCA Records||MCL 1662||UK||Unknown|