Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights CD) – Angel Blue, Lester Lynch

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Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights CD) – Angel Blue, Lester Lynch

Composer: George Gershwin
Artists: Angel Blue, Lester Lynch, Chauncey Packer, Kevin Short, Alexandria Crichlow, Darrin Scott, Morgan State University Choir, Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Marin Alsop
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Pentatone
CD Release Date: July 9, 2021

The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Marin Alsop present a live recording with highlights of Gershwin’s self-proclaimed American “folk opera” Porgy and Bess, together with 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 Antonín Dvorák’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 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, 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, while Chauncey Packer is arguably one of the greatest and most sought-after Sportin’ Life interpreters today. Lester Lynch and Kevin Short both enjoy a flourishing stage career, as well as a vast Pentatone discography.



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History

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

One of America’s favorite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants.

“If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the Guardian when the new production premiered in London in 2018.

David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker, and Ryan Speedo Green.

 

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