"Porgy and Bess, (RCA 1963), a single disc of selections that brought back together the stars from the opera's world tour in the 1950s, Leontyne Price and William Warfield. Also included were the original Sportin' Life, John W. Bubbles, and McHenry Boatwright. Leontyne Price won a Grammy for her performance." – wikipedia

"RCA's 1963 highlights disc brought the stars of the early-1950s revival of the work, Leontyne Price and William Warfield, together again. By this time, however, Price was well advanced on her meteoric rise to operatic stardom and Warfield was gaining renown as a recitalist. Both are glorious here and Price's shimmering "Summertime" is worth the price of the disc. A plus is the spirited Sportin' Life of John W. Bubbles, who created the role in the original 1935 production; an old-time vaudevillian, he wrings fun and irony from his all-too-short excerpts. Henderson conducts with vigor and RCA's "High Performance" sound, when heard on a good system, is remarkable." - amazon review

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Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Great Scenes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess CD 12 BMG Classics (read annotations before use) 09026-63312-2 090266331222
Great Scenes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess CD 12 RCA Red Seal 09026-63312-2 090266331222
Porgy and Bess (Highlights) CD 13 RCA Classics 74321 24218 2 743212421828

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