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Alexander Smallens - Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

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Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

DuBose Heyward - Ira Gershwin - George Gershwin

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This live recording, made in Berlin, documents the hugely successful 1952 revival of Porgy and Bess that toured the U.S. and numerous European cities. Although the production restored music that had been omitted from the work's previous performances, this version still contains almost an hour less music than the most "complete" modern recordings. In spite of that caveat, and the fact that this version uses a reduced orchestration, this gripping performance should be a cause for rejoicing for anyone who loves the opera. Conducted by Alexander Smallens, who led the opera's premiere under the composer's supervision, this version is a direct link to Gershwin's interpretive intentions for the music, and it's a compelling reading, driving and propulsive, but organically fluid. A great deal of credit goes to Robert Breen for the vitality of his naturalistic direction. The opening scene, for example, is a vibrant portrait of life on Catfish Row, full of chaotic talking, shouting, improvised singing, and drumming that continues throughout the whole scene, subsiding only when the drama demands it, as in the shocked silence that follows Robbins' murder and for the showcase musical numbers like "Summertime," and "A woman is a sometime thing." The realism of the approach brings the community fully to life and makes for an astonishing musical and dramatic experience, unlike anything one is likely to encounter in an opera house. The soloists are fabulous and their vivid characterizations are immediately engaging. Cab Calloway was a legendary Sportin' Life, and the originality and eccentricity of this performance fully validates his reputation. William Warfield's Porgy is intensely humane and honest, and he sings with warmth and without any affectation. Leontyne Price was only 25 when the recording was made, and Bess was her breakthrough role; while she doesn't have the dramatic presence of the other leads, she sings with thrilling fullness and passion. The noise level of the recording is initially distracting, but as the magic of the performance takes hold, it becomes less of an issue.
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Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

Alexander Smallens

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1
Act I Scene 1: Introduction
Joseph James
00:02:03

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Helen Dowdy, soprano - John McCurry, baritone - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Georigia Burke, contralto - Jebob, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals

2
Act I Scene 1: Summertime
Joseph James
00:02:20

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Joseph James, baritone - Jebob, actor - Helen Thigpen, soprano - William Warfield, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Wallis Daily, actor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor

3
Act I Scene 1: Oh nobody knows when de Lawd is goin' to call
Joseph James
00:01:32

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Moses La Marr, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Georigia Burke, contralto - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jebob, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Ray Yeates, tenor

4
Act I Scene 1: I've been sweatin' all day
Joseph James
00:01:21

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jebob, actor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Joseph James, baritone - Ray Yeates, tenor - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Leslie Scott, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor

5
Act I Scene 1: Summertime - Seven come, seven to pappy!
Joseph James
00:00:58

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jebob, actor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Ray Yeates, tenor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Joseph James, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Leslie Scott, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Helen Colbert, soprano - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor

6
Act I Scene 1: Listen to yo'daddy - A Woman is a Sometime Thing
Joseph James
00:03:00

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Joseph James, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Jebob, actor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Cab Calloway, tenor

7
Act I Scene 1: Here's the ol' crap shark!
Joseph James
00:01:50

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Joseph James, baritone - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Jebob, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Ray Yeates, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster

8
Act I Scene 1: No, no, brother
Joseph James
00:01:41

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Moses La Marr, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Warfield, baritone - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jebob, actor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor

9
Act I Scene 1: Here comes Big Boy!
Joseph James
00:02:07

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Joseph James, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Jebob, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Moses La Marr, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor

10
Act I Scene 1: Don't you ever let a woman grieve you
Joseph James
00:02:03

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Leslie Scott, baritone - William Warfield, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Joseph James, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Jebob, actor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Eva Jessye, choirmaster

11
Act I Scene 1: Oh little stars
Joseph James
00:01:57

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jebob, actor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Wallis Daily, actor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Leslie Scott, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - John McCurry, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Joseph James, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Veasey, actor

12
Act I Scene 1: Jesus, he's killed him!
Joseph James
00:02:53

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Leslie Scott, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Georigia Burke, contralto - Jebob, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals

13
Act I Scene 2: Gone, gone, gone
Joseph James
00:03:20

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Leslie Scott, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Ray Yeates, tenor - Jerry Laws, vocals - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Moses La Marr, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Jebob, actor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster

14
Act I Scene 2: Come on sister - Overflow
Joseph James
00:02:11

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Moses La Marr, baritone - William Warfield, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Leslie Scott, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Walter Riemer, actor - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Veasey, actor - Jebob, actor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano

15
Act I Scene 2: A saucer - burial setup, I see
Joseph James
00:02:28

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Joseph James, baritone - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Jebob, actor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Moses La Marr, baritone - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Leslie Scott, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Wallis Daily, actor

16
Act I Scene 2: I ain't never done nuttin', Boss (I can't puzzle)
Joseph James
00:01:12

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Joseph James, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Ray Yeates, tenor - Jebob, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Moses La Marr, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Eva Jessye, choirmaster

17
Act I Scene 2: My Man's Gone Now
Joseph James
00:03:25

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Joseph James, baritone - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Jebob, actor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jerry Laws, vocals - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Ray Yeates, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster

18
Act I Scene 2: How de saucer stand now my sister
Joseph James
00:01:47

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Wallis Daily, actor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Jerry Laws, vocals - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jebob, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - William Veasey, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Ray Yeates, tenor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano

19
Act I Scene 2: Oh, the train is at the station
Joseph James
00:02:32

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jebob, actor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Joseph James, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - John McCurry, baritone - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Veasey, actor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Helen Thigpen, soprano

20
Act I Scene 3: Oh I'm agoin' out - It take a long pull to get there
Joseph James
00:02:52

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Jebob, actor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Howard Roberts, tenor - Walter Riemer, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Veasey, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - John McCurry, baritone - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Helen Thigpen, soprano

21
Act I Scene 3: Oh, I got plenty of nuttin'
Joseph James
00:02:36

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Leslie Scott, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Jerry Laws, vocals - Joseph James, baritone - Jebob, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor

22
Act I Scene 3: Mornin', Lawyer, lookin' for somebody?
Joseph James
00:04:21

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Jebob, actor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor

23
Act I Scene 3: 'Lo Bess, goin to picnic?
Joseph James
00:02:39

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Moses La Marr, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Helen Colbert, soprano - Cab Calloway, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jebob, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - William Warfield, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Howard Roberts, tenor

24
Act I Scene 3: Bess, you is my woman now
Joseph James
00:04:36

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Moses La Marr, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jebob, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - William Warfield, baritone - Howard Roberts, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals

25
Act I Scene 3: I stayin' with Porgy - Sho' you goin'
Joseph James
00:03:05

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jebob, actor - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Moses La Marr, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Veasey, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Joseph James, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - John McCurry, baritone - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor

26
Act I Scene 3: Goodby, Porgy
Joseph James
00:01:19

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Leslie Scott, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Joseph James, baritone - Jebob, actor

DISC 2

1
Act II Scene 1: I ain' got no shame
Joseph James
00:01:43

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Helen Colbert, soprano - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Jebob, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - John McCurry, baritone - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Wallis Daily, actor - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Veasey, actor - Joseph James, baritone

2
Act II Scene 1: It ain't necessarily so
Joseph James
00:05:48

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - William Warfield, baritone - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Joseph James, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jebob, actor - Helen Colbert, soprano

3
Act II Scene 1: Crown, I got something to tell yo
Joseph James
00:01:24

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Moses La Marr, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Georigia Burke, contralto - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Joseph James, baritone - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Jerry Laws, vocals - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Jebob, actor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Ray Yeates, tenor

4
Act II Scene 1: Oh, what you want wid Bess?
Joseph James
00:03:04

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Moses La Marr, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Georigia Burke, contralto - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Helen Colbert, soprano - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Jebob, actor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Howard Roberts, tenor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor

5
Act II Scene 1: Interlude
Joseph James
00:02:58

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Georigia Burke, contralto - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Helen Colbert, soprano - Joseph James, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Howard Roberts, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jebob, actor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Veasey, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - John McCurry, baritone - Ray Yeates, tenor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor

6
Act II Scene 2: Honey, dat's all de breakfast I got time for
Joseph James
00:01:49

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Leslie Scott, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Veasey, actor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jebob, actor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Jerry Laws, vocals - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Ray Yeates, tenor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra

7
Act II Scene 2: It take a long pull to get there, huh!
Joseph James
00:02:01

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Joseph James, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Ray Yeates, tenor - Jebob, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Moses La Marr, baritone

8
Act II Scene 2: I think dat maybe she goin to sleep now
Joseph James
00:00:53

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Joseph James, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Helen Colbert, soprano - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Moses La Marr, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jebob, actor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - William Warfield, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - John McCurry, baritone - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor

9
Act II Scene 2: Oh Doctor Jesus
Joseph James
00:01:57

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Joseph James, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Jebob, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Moses La Marr, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor

10
Act II Scene 2: Oh dey's so fresh an 'fine
Joseph James
00:02:03

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Ray Yeates, tenor - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jebob, actor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano

11
Act II Scene 2: I'm talkin' about devil crabs
Joseph James
00:02:20

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Moses La Marr, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Joseph James, baritone - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jebob, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Ray Yeates, tenor

12
Act II Scene 2: I lonesome here all by myself
Joseph James
00:01:41

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Ray Yeates, tenor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Leslie Scott, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - John McCurry, baritone - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Georigia Burke, contralto - Jebob, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor

13
Act II Scene 2: I wants to stay here
Joseph James
00:02:50

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Jerry Laws, vocals - Joseph James, baritone - Jebob, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Wallis Daily, actor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor

14
Act II Scene 2: Why you been out on that wharf so long, Clara?
Joseph James
00:01:41

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Joseph Crawford, tenor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jebob, actor - Helen Colbert, soprano - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Joseph James, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Wallis Daily, actor - John McCurry, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Eva Jessye, choirmaster

15
Act II Scene 3: Beginning
Joseph James
00:00:40

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Georigia Burke, contralto - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Joseph James, baritone - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Jebob, actor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor

16
Act II Scene 3: Oh de Lowd shake de Heavens
Joseph James
00:01:17

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Leslie Scott, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Georigia Burke, contralto - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Jerry Laws, vocals - Joseph James, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Jebob, actor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Ray Yeates, tenor

17
Act II Scene 3: One of dese mornings you goin' to rise up singin'
Joseph James
00:01:05

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Joseph James, baritone - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - William Veasey, actor - Jebob, actor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Moses La Marr, baritone - Leslie Scott, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - John McCurry, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor

18
Act II Scene 3: Oh, dere's somebody knockin' at de do'
Joseph James
00:02:24

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Leslie Scott, baritone - Moses La Marr, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Helen Dowdy, soprano - John McCurry, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Veasey, actor - Jebob, actor - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Wallis Daily, actor - Joseph James, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals

19
Act II Scene 3: If Gawd want to kill me
Joseph James
00:01:15

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Joseph James, baritone - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Ray Yeates, tenor - Georigia Burke, contralto - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Jebob, actor - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Cab Calloway, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Howard Roberts, tenor - John McCurry, baritone - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Moses La Marr, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor

20
Act II Scene 3: A red-headed woman make a choo-choo jump
Joseph James
00:03:41

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Jerry Laws, vocals - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Ray Yeates, tenor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Jebob, actor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Leslie Scott, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Walter Riemer, actor - Joseph James, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Moses La Marr, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Sam Kasakoff, actor - William Veasey, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Georigia Burke, contralto

21
Act III Scene I: Clara, don't you be downhearted
Joseph James
00:03:28

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Ray Yeates, tenor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Jebob, actor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Joseph James, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - John McCurry, baritone - Howard Roberts, tenor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Wallis Daily, actor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Leslie Scott, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Veasey, actor - Helen Thigpen, soprano

22
Act III Scene 1: Ha ha ha - You low-life skunk
Joseph James
00:01:24

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Jebob, actor - Helen Dowdy, vocals - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Moses La Marr, baritone - Joseph James, baritone - Joseph Crawford, tenor - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Leslie Scott, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Walter Riemer, actor - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Georigia Burke, contralto - William Veasey, actor - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Wallis Daily, actor

23
Act III Scene 1: Summertime
Joseph James
00:01:19

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Joseph James, baritone - John McCurry, baritone - Georigia Burke, contralto - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Jebob, actor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Moses La Marr, baritone - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Leslie Scott, baritone - Cab Calloway, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Walter Riemer, actor

24
Act III Scene 1: Interlude - Death of Crown
Joseph James
00:01:04

Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Joseph James, baritone - Joseph Crawford, tenor - William Veasey, actor - Jerry Laws, vocals - RIAS Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Warfield, baritone - Helen Colbert, soprano - Jebob, actor - Alexander Smallens, Conductor - Elizabeth Foster, vocals - Helen Dowdy, soprano - Moses La Marr, baritone - Choir of Blevins Davis and Robert Breen Production, Ensemble - Georigia Burke, contralto - Leslie Scott, baritone - Christine Ayers, mezzo-soprano - Cab Calloway, tenor - Howard Roberts, tenor - Ray Yeates, tenor - Eva Jessye, choirmaster - John McCurry, baritone - Sam Kasakoff, actor - Wallis Daily, actor - Helen Thigpen, soprano - Walter Riemer, actor

Albumbeschreibung

This live recording, made in Berlin, documents the hugely successful 1952 revival of Porgy and Bess that toured the U.S. and numerous European cities. Although the production restored music that had been omitted from the work's previous performances, this version still contains almost an hour less music than the most "complete" modern recordings. In spite of that caveat, and the fact that this version uses a reduced orchestration, this gripping performance should be a cause for rejoicing for anyone who loves the opera. Conducted by Alexander Smallens, who led the opera's premiere under the composer's supervision, this version is a direct link to Gershwin's interpretive intentions for the music, and it's a compelling reading, driving and propulsive, but organically fluid. A great deal of credit goes to Robert Breen for the vitality of his naturalistic direction. The opening scene, for example, is a vibrant portrait of life on Catfish Row, full of chaotic talking, shouting, improvised singing, and drumming that continues throughout the whole scene, subsiding only when the drama demands it, as in the shocked silence that follows Robbins' murder and for the showcase musical numbers like "Summertime," and "A woman is a sometime thing." The realism of the approach brings the community fully to life and makes for an astonishing musical and dramatic experience, unlike anything one is likely to encounter in an opera house. The soloists are fabulous and their vivid characterizations are immediately engaging. Cab Calloway was a legendary Sportin' Life, and the originality and eccentricity of this performance fully validates his reputation. William Warfield's Porgy is intensely humane and honest, and he sings with warmth and without any affectation. Leontyne Price was only 25 when the recording was made, and Bess was her breakthrough role; while she doesn't have the dramatic presence of the other leads, she sings with thrilling fullness and passion. The noise level of the recording is initially distracting, but as the magic of the performance takes hold, it becomes less of an issue.
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