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Various - George Gershwin's Folk Opera Porgy And Bess Vol. 1 album flac

Performer: Various
Genre: Media & Screen
Title: George Gershwin's Folk Opera Porgy And Bess Vol. 1
Released: 1950
Style: Musical
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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.

Gershwin read Porgy in 1926 and proposed to Heyward to collaborate on an operatic version. In 1934, Gershwin and Heyward began work on the project by visiting the author's native Charleston, South Carolina. In a 1935 New York Times article, Gershwin explained why he called Porgy and Bess a folk opera: Porgy and Bess is a folk tale. Its people naturally would sing folk music. When I first began work in the music I decided against the use of original folk material because I wanted the music to be all of one piece. Therefore I wrote my own spirituals and folksongs

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 singers†a daring artistic choice at the time. Gershwin chose the African-American musician Eva Jessye as the choral director for the opera. 4My man's gone now Popularity: Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1.

Other Times & Places Romance. Frances Faye, Mel Tormé. The Bethlehem label didn't make it out of the '50s before folding, and one of the reasons why is the ambitious yet misguided George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, a three-LP box set that represents a complete recording of the Gershwin classic (with narration and sound effects).

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. Porgy, a disabled beggar (bass-baritone) Bess, Crown's girl (soprano) Crown, a tough stevedore (baritone) Sporting (Sportin') Life, a dope peddler (tenor) Robbins, an inhabitant of Catfish Row (tenor) Serena, Robbins's wife (soprano) ake, a fisherman (baritone) Clara, Jake's wife (soprano) Maria, keeper of the cook-shop (contralto) Mingo (tenor) Peter, the honey man (tenor) Lily, Peter's.

Porgy and Bess, dramatic folk opera in three acts by George Gershwin. Its English libretto was written by DuBose Heyward (with lyrics by Heyward and Ira Gershwin), based on Heyward’s novel Porgy (1925). The opera-which premiered at the Alvin Theatre in New York City on October 10, 1935-is considered to be the first great American opera. It contains many beloved musical numbers, including the arias Summertime and I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’. Heyward was enthusiastic, but Gershwin’s other obligations delayed work until 1934. That summer Gershwin and Heyward worked together on an island near Charleston, South Carolina. There the Brooklyn-born composer hoped to absorb the feeling of the Southern setting and the accent and rhythms of African American speech. The ambience was inspirational; Gershwin finished the three-hour opera within a year.


A1 Anne Brown Overture And Summertime
A2 Anne Brown With Eva Jessye Choir My Man's Gone Now
A3 Todd Duncan With Eva Jessye Choir I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
A4 Todd Duncan With Eva Jessye Choir Buzzard Song
B1 Todd Duncan With Anne Brown And Eva Jessye Choir Bess, You Is My Woman
B2 Todd Duncan With Eva Jessye Choir It Ain't Necessarily So
B3 Eva Jessye Choir The Requiem
B4 Todd Duncan With Eva Jessye Choir Porgy's Lament And Finale


  • Conductor – Alexander Smallens
  • Liner Notes – Louis Untermeyer
  • Orchestra – The Decca Symphony Orchestra*
  • Written-By – Du Bose Heyward*, George & Ira Gershwin

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (side A label): MG 1390
  • Matrix / Runout (side B label): MG 1391
  • Matrix / Runout (side A runout stamped): MG 1390 T2 C
  • Matrix / Runout (side B runout stamped): MG 1391 T2 A