Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess – The Ultimate American Folk Opera
The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Marin Alsop present a live recording with highlights of Gershwin’s American “Folk Opera” Porgy and Bess. The album features a stellar cast and the Morgan State University Choir.
Since its premiere in 1935, Porgy and Bess has been one of the most significant attempts to – following Antonin Dvořák’s famous instruction of 1893 – create American classical music inspired by Afro-American styles such as Jazz, Spirituals, and the Blues. It has also proven to be a powerful catalyst for bringing more diverse casts to the opera stage.
The hard-knock life at a Charleston waterfront tenement in Porgy & Bess is presented here by an outstanding cast including Lester Lynch (Porgy), Angel Blue (Bess, Clara, and Serena), Chauncey Packer (Sportin’ Life) and Kevin Short (Crown and Jake).
Marin Alsop is one of today’s most acclaimed conductors, and the first woman to serve as the head of a major orchestra in the United States, South America, Austria, and Britain. The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the world’s preeminent orchestras.
Multi-award-winning soprano Angel Blue is one of the most promising voices of her generation. Chauncey Packer is one of the greatest and sought-after Sportin’ Life interpreters today. Lester Lynch and Kevin Short both enjoy a flourishing stage career, as well as several Pentatone albums available from NativeDSD Music.
Angel Blue, Soprano
Lester Lynch, Baritone
Chauncey Packer, Tenor
Kevin Short, Bass-Baritone
Alexandria Crichlow, Soprano
Darrin Scott, Tenor
Morgan State University Choir
Director: Eric Conway
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conducted by Marin Alsop
Concertmaster: David Kim
Assistant Conductor: Lina González-Granados
Total time: 01:06:45
Matías Tarnopolsky (The Philadelphia Orchestra) & Job Maarse (San Francisco Classical Recording Company, SFCRC)
George Gershwin Music, Ira Gershwin Music and DuBose Heyward Memorial Fund, administrated by WB Music Corp
A co-production of the San Francisco Classical Recording Company and The Philadelphia Orchestra
|Original Recording Format|
Job Maarse (SFCRC)
Christina Gembaczka (for SFCRC)
Mark Donahue & Dirk Sobotka (Soundmirror)
This album was recorded live in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, in March 2020, in the last concerts performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra in front of a public audience before the COVID-19 pandemic
The original concerts were sponsored by Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., & Accordant Advisors
|Release Date||July 8, 2021|
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