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(The Gershwins') Porgy & Bess
Version: 2006 RECORDING of the 1935 VERSION
Composer: Gershwin
Powell, Alvy/Lister, Marquita/Cabell, Nicole

Price: $32.95

Audio CD (double)
DECCA





Product Description
George Gershwin made extensive cuts and additions to the published version of Porgy & Bess before its New York premiere in 1935. Since that time, it is the published version that has usually been performed. Now this great masterpiece has been recorded for the first time in the original production version - as Gershwin himself wanted it performed!

An outstanding vocal cast is led by Alvy Powell and Marquita Lister and includes soprano Nicole Cabell, singing the role of Clara and giving a radiant performance of the best-loved song "Summertime."

Gershwin's additions to this version include a street festival scene in Act I which features an 11-piece on-stage band. Perhaps the most fascinating addition is the "symphony of sounds" that begins the opera's final scene.
The original orchestral interlude is replaced by a minute-long soundscape of domestic sounds - cooking, sawing wood, and a man snoring - which gradually build into a sound picture of everyday life.

Conductor John Mauceri sees Gershwin's revision of the score as one in a long line of great operatic revisions.
"All of us hope to leave behind an authentic and vital text from which other performers can find inspiration. No masterpiece deserves less and surely Porgy & Bess is our great American opera." - John Mauceri

49 tracks on 2CDs!

CD 1:
Act 1
1. Introduction [1:44]
The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

2. Summertime [2:10]
Nicole Cabell, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

3. Seems like these bones don't give me nothin' but boxcars tonight [3:15]
Robert Mack, Nashville Symphony Chorus, Leonard Rowe, Chauncey Packer, Monique McDonald, Barron Coleman, Justin Lee Miller, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

4. Summertime [0:53]
Nicole Cabell, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

5. What, that chile ain't asleep yet?...A woman is a sometime thing [2:25]
Robert Mack, Nashville Symphony Chorus, Leonard Rowe, Chauncey Packer, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

6. Honey man! Honey man! Here come de honey man [3:12]
Alvy Powell, Robert Mack, Calvin Lee, Linda Thompson Williams, Leonard Rowe, Chauncey Packer, Barron Coleman, Justin Lee Miller, Monique McDonald, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

7. They pass by singin' [1:46]
Alvy Powell, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

8. Here comes Big Boy! [3:48]
Marquita Lister, Robert Mack, Chauncey Packer, Leonard Warren, Justin Lee Miller, Lester Lynch, Monique McDonald, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

9. Crown cock-eyed drunk...Oh, little stars [2:42]
Alvy Powell, Robert Mack, Nashville Symphony Chorus, Justin Lee Miller, Chauncey Packer, Leonard Rowe, Lester Lynch, Barron Coleman, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

10. Oh stop them! Don't let them fight! [1:09]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, Robert Mack, Linda Thompson Williams, Chauncey Packer, Leonard Rowe, Nashville Symphony Chorus, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

11. Wake up an' hit it out. You ain't got no time to lose [4:17]
Marquita Lister, Robert Mack, Lester Lynch, Linda Thompson Williams, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

12. Gone, gone, gone...Overflow [6:36]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, Tiffany Nicole Wharton, Leonard Rowe, Monique McDonald, Linda Thompson Williams, Calvin Lee, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

13. Um! A saucer-buryin' setup, I see [3:01]
Alvy Powell, Richard Daniel, Monique McDonald, Tiffany Nicole Wharton, Calvin Lee, Leonard Rowe, Paul Bracy, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

14. My man's gone now [4:13]
Monique McDonald, Nashville Symphony Chorus, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

15. How de saucer stan'now, my sister? [1:59]
Alvy Powell, Justin Lee Miller, Monique McDonald, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

16. Leavin' for the Promise' Lan [2:53]
Marquita Lister, Nashville Symphony Chorus, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

Act 2
17. Oh, I'm a-goin' out to the Blackfish Banks [3:17]
Nicole Cabell, Leonard Rowe, Tamica Harris, Nashville Symphony Chorus, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

18. Oh, I got plenty o'nuttin' [2:38]
Alvy Powell, Monique McDonald, Linda Thompson Williams, Nashville Symphony Chorus, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

19. Mornin, lawyer, lookin' for somebody? [4:50]
Linda Thompson Williams, Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, Uzee Brown Jnr., Tiffany Nicole Wharton, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

20. Dey's a Buckra comin' [1:57]
Nicole Cabell, Jeremiah Cooper, Tamica Harris, Monique McDonald, Bart Lefan, Chauncey Packer, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

21. 'Lo Bess, goin' to de picnic? [3:33]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, Robert Mack, Leonard Rowe, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

22. Bess, you is my woman now [5:23]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

23. Oh, I can't sit down [4:37]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, Linda Thompson Williams, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

CD 2:
1. Allegretto barbaro...Ha da da, ha da da [1:56]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, Robert Mack, Nicole Cabell, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

2. It ain't necessarily so [4:48]
Robert Mack, Nashville Symphony Chorus, Linda Thompson Williams, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

3. Crown! You know very well dis Crown [2:51]

4. Oh...What you want wid Bess? [3:48]
Marquita Lister, Lester Lynch, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

5. Honey, dat's all de breakfast I got time for [2:33]
Leonard Rowe, Chauncey Packer, Justin Lee Miller, Linda Thompson Williams, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

6. Well, if it ain't ole Peter! [2:00]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, Linda Thompson Williams, Calvin Lee, Monique McDonald, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

7. Oh Doctor Jesus [2:12]
Alvy Powell, Monique McDonald, Calvin Lee, Tiffany Nicole Wharton, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

8. Oh dey's so fresh an' fine...I'm talkin' about devil crabs [3:03]
Alvy Powell, Tiffany Nicole Wharton, Chauncey Packer, Linda Thompson Williams, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

9. Porgy, Porgy, dat you there, ain't it? [2:51]

10. I loves you, Porgy [2:06]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

11. Why you been out on that wharf so long, Clara? [1:29]
Nicole Cabell, Linda Thompson Williams, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

12. Storm [1:57]
The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

13. Oh, de Lawd shake de Heavens [2:08]
Alvy Powell, Robert Mack, Nicole Cabell, Chauncey Packer, Tiffany Nicole Wharton, Monique McDonald, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

14. One of dese mornin's...Oh, dere's somebody knockin' at de do' [2:21]
Nicole Cabell, Nashville Symphony Chorus, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

15. You is a nice parcel of Christians [3:16]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, Lester Lynch, Monique McDonald, Tiffany Nicole Wharton, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

16. A red-headed woman [1:19]
Lester Lynch, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

17. Jake's boat in de river, upside down! [2:07]
Marquita Lister, Nicole Cabell, Alvy Powell, Lester Lynch, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

Act 3
18. Clara, Clara, don't you be downhearted [2:37]
Nashville Symphony Chorus, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

19. Ha ha ha [1:47]
Robert Mack, Linda Thompson Williams, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

20. Summertime [3:20]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

21. Introduction, Wait for us at the corner [6:20]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, Robert Mack, Richard Daniel, Tamica Harris, Monique McDonald, Tiffany Nicole Wharton, Talmage M. Watts, Paul Bracy, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

22. Listen: There's a boat dat's leavin' soon for New York [4:11]
Marquita Lister, Robert Mack, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

23. Occupational humoresque (Good mornin') [3:18]
Alvy Powell, Marquita Lister, Robert Mack, Nicole Cabell, Nashville Symphony Chorus, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

24. It's Porgy comin' home [3:53]
Alvy Powell, Nashville Symphony Chorus, Linda Thompson Williams, Tiffany Nicole Wharton, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

25. Oh, Bess, oh where's my Bess [1:36]
Alvy Powell, Linda Thompson Williams, Monique McDonald, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

26. Where's Bess gone? Oh Lawd, I'm on my way [2:54]
Alvy Powell, Chauncey Packer, Linda Thompson Williams, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri

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