Gershwin: Porgy & Bess (Highlights) [Live] Lester Lynch, Kevin Short, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Marin Alsop
Composer: George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- George Gershwin (1898 - 1937):
- 1Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Introduction [Live]01:03
- 2Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Summertime [Live]02:39
- 3Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): A Woman Is a Sometime Thing [Live]02:17
- 4Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Where Is Brudder Robbins? He's a Gone, Gone, Gone [Live]05:24
- 5Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Overflow [Live]01:34
- 6Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): My Man's Gone Now [Live]04:04
- 7Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): I Got Plenty o' Nuttin' [Live]03:08
- 8Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Lo' Bess, Goin' to Picnic? [Live]03:48
- 9Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Bess, You Is My Woman Now [Live]05:22
- 10Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Oh, I Can't Sit Down [Live]02:17
- 11Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Porgy, I Hates to Go [Live]02:04
- 12Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): It Ain't Necessarily So [Live]04:05
- 13Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Hear What I Tell You [Live]03:10
- 14Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): What You Want wid Bess? [Live]04:08
- 15Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Now de Time, Oh Gawd - I Loves You, Porgy [Live]07:16
- 16Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Andantino dolente [Live]01:20
- 17Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Clara, Clara - Jesus Is Walkin' on de Water [Live]02:20
- 18Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Cheer Up, Sistuh [Live]00:52
- 19Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York [Live]02:25
- 20Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): You Low Crawlin' Hound! [Live]01:57
- 21Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Thank Gawd I's Home Again! [Live]03:49
- 22Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (Highlights): Oh Lawd, I'm on My Way [Live]01:43
Info for Gershwin: Porgy & Bess (Highlights) [Live]
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 Antonin Dvořák’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 sought-after Sportin’ Life interpreters today. Lester Lynch and Kevin Short both enjoy a flourishing stage career, as well as a vast PENTATONE discography.
Angel Blue, soprano (Bess, Clara, Serena, Lily, & Choir Soli)
Kevin Short, bass-baritone (Crown, Jake & Choir Soli)
Darrin Scott, tenor (Mingo & Choir Soli)
Chauncey Packer, tenor (Sportin' Life)
Alexandria Crichlow, soprano (Maria & Choir Soli)
Lester Lynch, baritone (Porgy)
Morgan State University Choir
Marin Alsop, conductor
One of the foremost conductors of our time, Marin Alsop represents a powerful and inspiring voice. Convinced that music has the power to change lives, she is internationally recognized for her innovative approach to programming and audience development, deep commitment to education, and advocacy for music’s importance in the world. The first woman to serve as the head of a major orchestra in the United States, South America, Austria and Britain, she is, as the New York Times put it, not only “a formidable musician and a powerful communicator” but also “a conductor with a vision.”
The 2019-20 season marked Alsop’s first as Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, which she leads at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and on recordings, broadcasts and tours. As Chief Conductor and Curator of Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, she curates and conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies, formalizing her long relationship with Ravinia, where she made her debut with the orchestra in 2002. Appointed in 2020 as the first Music Director of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F), a program of the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, she will lead a newly formed conductor academy and conduct multiple concerts each June with the NOI+F Philharmonic.
In collaboration with YouTube and Google Arts & Culture, Alsop spearheaded the “Global Ode to Joy” (GOTJ), a crowd-sourced video project to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. Together with Germany’s official Beethoven anniversary campaign and the leading arts organizations of five continents, Alsop invited the global community to share the call for tolerance, unity and joy of the composer’s Ninth Symphony in videos tagged #GlobalOdeToJoy. The project culminated in December 2020, the month of Beethoven’s birth, with a grand video finale: a GOTJ highlight reel, set to a performance of the “Ode to Joy” anchored by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony, the international Stay-at-Home Choir and Alsop herself.
This year, Alsop assumes the title of Music Director Laureate and OrchKids Founder of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This concludes her outstanding 14-year tenure as Music Director, which has seen her lead the orchestra on its first European tour in 13 years, on multiple award-winning recordings and in more than two dozen world premieres, besides founding OrchKids, its successful music education program for the city’s most disadvantaged youth. In 2019, after seven years as Music Director, Alsop became Conductor of Honour of Brazil’s São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), where she continues conducting major projects each season.
Alsop has longstanding relationships with the London Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras, and regularly guest conducts such major international ensembles as the Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, La Scala Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 2019-20 she returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra, Danish National Symphony and Orchestre de Paris, whose season she opened in September 2020.
Recognized with multiple Gramophone Awards, Alsop’s extensive discography includes recordings for Decca, Harmonia Mundi and Sony Classical, as well as acclaimed Naxos cycles of Brahms with the London Philharmonic, Dvořák with the Baltimore Symphony, and Prokofiev with the São Paulo Symphony. Committed to new music, she was Music Director of California’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music for 25 years.
The first and only conductor to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Alsop has also been honored with the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, and made history as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. Amongst many other awards and academic positions, she serves as 2020 Artist-in-Residence at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts, is Director of Graduate Conducting at the Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute and holds Honorary Doctorates from Yale University and the Juilliard School. To promote and nurture the careers of her fellow female conductors, in 2002 she founded the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, which was renamed in her honor as the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship in 2020.