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Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

3CD
20 Jan 2017

Barcode: 0190295900649

Composer: George Gershwin
Other participants: Sir Simon Rattle, Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra

“One of the most important opera recordings of recent years” was Opera magazine’s verdict on this Porgy and Bess, which immortalised Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s first-ever production of Gershwin’s masterpiece. “Simon Rattle treats Porgy as one of the great opera scores of the 20th century… the entire performance bristles with a theatrical immediacy… The cast is a great one, led by Willard White, a dark-voiced, dignified, ultimately noble Porgy… and Cynthia Haymon’s lustrous Bess... This is a great souvenir of a great Glyndebourne event.”

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1 Scene 1: Introduction - Jasbo Brown Blues  - Wayne Marshall/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
02 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1 Scene 1: "Summertime" (Clara, Girls of Chorus)  - Harolyn Blackwell/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
03 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1: "Oh, nobody knows when the Lawd" (Mingo, Sporting Life, Jake, Serena, Robbins, Jim, Chorus of Men, Crapshooters)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
04 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1: "Give him to me ... Lissen to yo' daddy warn you" (Jake, Mingo, Sporting Life, Clara, Robbins, Peter, Lily, Maria)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
05 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1 Scene 1: "Here's the ol' crap shark ... No, no, brudder" (Jake, Mingo, Porgy, Sporting Life, Robbins, Jim, Maria, Serena)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
06 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1 Scene 1: "Here come the Big Boy" (Mingo, Jake, Jim, Crown, Porgy, Serena, Bess, Robbins, Sporting Life)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Haymon/Damon Evans/Bruce Hubbard/Cynthia Clarey/Gregg Baker/Barrington Coleman/Johnny Worthy/Curtis Watson/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
07 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1 Scene 1: "Six to make" (Sporting Life, Jake, Crown, Robbins, Bess, Mingo, Jim, Porgy, Maria, Serena, Chorus)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Haymon/Damon Evans/Bruce Hubbard/Cynthia Clarey/Marietta Simpson/Gregg Baker/Barrington Coleman/Johnny Worthy/Curtis Watson/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
08 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1 Scene 1: "Jesus, he's killed him! ...That you, Sportin' Life?" (Mingo, Bess, Crown, Sporting Life, Maria)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
09 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1 Scene 2: "Where is brudder Robbins? … Come on, sister!" (Chorus, All)  - Maureen Braithwaite/Jimi Malary/Cynthia Clarey/Marietta Simpson/Cynthia Haymon/Camellia Johnson/Bruce Hubbard/Mervin Wallace/Sir Willard White/Harolyn Blackwell/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
10 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1 Scene 2: "Overflow, overflow" (Chorus, Jake, Peter, Serena, Maria, Porgy, Clara)  - Sir Willard White/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
11 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1: "A saucer-burying set-up, I see" (Detective, Serena, Lily, Peter, Lily, Porgy, A Policeman, Maria, Jake)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
12 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1 Scene 2: "My man's gone now" (Serena, All)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
13 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1 Scene 2: "How de saucer stan' now, my sister?" (Undertaker, Serena, Jake, Porgy  - Sir Willard White/Bruce Hubbard/Autris Paige/Cynthia Clarey/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
14 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 1 Scene 2: "Oh, the train is at the station" (Bess, All)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
Disc 2 
01 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 1: "Oh, I'm agoin' out to the Blackfish banks" (Jake, Chorus)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
02 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 1: "Mus' be you mens forgot about de picnic" (Annie, Jake, Clara) … Oh, I got plenty o' nuttin' (Porgy, Serena, Maria, Chorus)  - Paula Ingram/Bruce Hubbard/Harolyn Blackwell/Sir Willard White/Cynthia Clarey/Marietta Simpson/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
03 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 1: "Lissen there, what I tells you … I hates yo' struttin' style" (Maria, Serena, Sporting Life))  - Damon Evans/Cynthia Clarey/Marietta Simpson/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
04 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 1: "Mornin', Lawyer, lookin' for somebody?" (Maria, Frazier, Porgy, Bess, Lily, Scipio, Annie, Serena)  - Marietta Simpson/William Johnson/Sir Willard White/Cynthia Haymon/Maureen Braithwaite/Richie Pitts/Linda Thompson/Paula Ingram/Cynthia Clarey/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
05 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 1: "Boy! Come here, boy!" (Archdale, Scipio, Clara, Serena, Mingo, Jake, Porgy, Frazier, Chorus)  - Ted Maynard/Linda Thompson/Harolyn Blackwell/Cynthia Clarey/Barrington Coleman/Bruce Hubbard/Sir Willard White/William Johnson/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
06 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 1: "Buzzard keep on flyin' over" (Porgy, Chorus)  - Sir Willard White/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
07 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 1: "Lo Bess, goin' to picnic?" (Sporting Life, Bess, Porgy)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Haymon/Damon Evans/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
08 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 1: "Honey, we sure goin' strut our stuff today! … Bess, you is my woman now" (Jake, Porgy, Bess)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Haymon/Bruce Hubbard/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
09 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 1: "Oh, I can't sit down" (Maria, Bess, Porgy, All)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Haymon/Marietta Simpson/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
10 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 2: "I ain't got no shame" (All)  - Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
11 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 2: "It ain't necessarily so … Shame on you sinners" (Sporting Life, Chorus, Serena, Maria, Crown)  - Damon Evans/Cynthia Clarey/Marietta Simpson/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
12 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 2: "Crown!" (Bess, Crown)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
13 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 2: "Oh, what you want wid Bess?" (Bess, Crown)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
14 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 3: "Honey, dat's all de breakfast" (Jake, Nelson, Jim, Maria, Chorus)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
15 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 3: "Take yo' han's off me" (Bess, Serena, Maria, Peter, Porgy)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
16 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 3: "Oh, doctor Jesus" (Serena, Porgy, Peter, Lily)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Clarey/Mervin Wallace/Maureen Braithwaite/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
17 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 3: "Oh dey's so fresh an' fine" (Srawberry Woman, Peter, Annie, Crab Man, Porgy, Maria)  - Sir Willard White/Marietta Simpson/Mervin Wallace/Paula Ingram/Coleton Freeman/Anne Fridal/Camellia Johnson/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
18 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 3: "Porgy, Porgy, dat you there ain't it?" (Bess, Porgy)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Haymon/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
19 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 3: "I wants to stay here" (Bess, Porgy)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Haymon/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
20 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 3: "Why you been out on that wharf so long, Clara?" (Maria, Clara)  - Harolyn Blackwell/Marietta Simpson/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
Disc 3 
01 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 4: "Oh, Doctor Jesus" (Chorus, Porgy, Clara, Serena, Sporting Life, All)  - Paula Ingram/Camellia Johnson/Linda Thompson/Michael Forest/Raemond Martin/Autris Paige/Sir Willard White/Harolyn Blackwell/Damon Evans/Cynthia Clarey/Maureen Braithwaite/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
02 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 4: "One of these mornings'" (Clara, Porgy, Bess, Chorus)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Haymon/Harolyn Blackwell/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
03 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 4: "Oh, dere's somebody knockin' at de do'" (All, Peter, Lily, Mingo, Maria)  - Mervin Wallace/Marietta Simpson/Maureen Braithwaite/Barrington Coleman/Linda Thompson/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
04 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 4: "You is a nice parcel of Christians!" (Crown, Serena, Bess, Porgy, All)  - Gregg Baker/Cynthia Clarey/Cynthia Haymon/Sir Willard White/Hyacinth Nicholls/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
05 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 4: "A red-headed woman make a choo-choo jump" (Crown, Bess, Clara, All)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
06 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 2 Scene 4: "All right, I'm goin' out to get Clara" (Crown, Porgy, Singers)  - Gregg Baker/Sir Willard White/Paula Ingram/Camellia Johnson/Linda Thompson/Michael Forest/Raemond Martin/Autris Paige/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
07 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 1: "Clara, Clara, don't you be downhearted" (Chorus, Sporting Life, Maria)  - Damon Evans/Marietta Simpson/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
08 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 1: "Summertime … Bess, Bess, you got a man now" (Bess, Porgy)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Haymon/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
09 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 2: "Wait for us at the corner" (Detective, Annie, Serena, Lily, Coroner, Chorus)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
10 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 2: "Come out here, both of you" (Detective, Coroner, Porgy)  - Sir Willard White/Alan Tilvern/Billy J. Mitchell/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
11 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 2: "Oh, Lawd, what I goin' do?" (Porgy, Bess, Sporting Life, A Policeman, Bess)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Haymon/Damon Evans/Ron Travis/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
12 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 2: "Listen, there's a boat dat's leavin' soon" (Sporting Life, Bess)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
13 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 3: Introduction  - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
14 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 3: "Good mornin', sistuh! ... It's Porgy comin' home" (Chorus, Mingo, Porgy)  - Sir Simon Rattle 
15 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 3: "Dem white folks sure ain' put nuttin" (Porgy, Lily)  - Sir Willard White/Maureen Braithwaite/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
16 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 3: "Here Mingo, what's de matter wid you all?" (Porgy, Maria)  - Sir Willard White/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
17 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 3: "Where's my Bess?" (Porgy, Maria, Serena)  - Sir Willard White/Cynthia Clarey/Marietta Simpson/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
18 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 3: "Bess is gone" (Lily, Porgy, Serena, Mingo, Maria)  - Maureen Braithwaite/Sir Willard White/Cynthia Clarey/Marietta Simpson/Barrington Coleman/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 
19 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Act 3 Scene 3: "Oh Lawd, I'm on my way" (Porgy, All)  - Sir Willard White/Glyndebourne Chorus/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 


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