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Gershwin: Porgy & Bess [Original 1935 Production Version] - Alvy Powell (vocals); Barron Coleman (vocals); Bart LeFan (vocals); Calvin Lee (vocals); Chauncey Packer (vocals); Desmond Mouton (vocals); Jeremiah Cooper (vocals); Justin Lee Miller (vocals); Leonard Rowe (vocals); Lester Lynch (vocals)
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This two-disc Porgy and Bess records not an entirely new version of the Gershwin opera, but a claimed improvement on the "complete" version that surfaced in the 1970s and changed the opera from a series of set pieces to a living work of drama. Using notations made on the original orchestral parts, conductor John Mauceri and a team of researchers have reconstructed Porgy and Bess as it was heard on the occasion of its New York premiere in 1935. The work as Gershwin originally wrote it, and as it had been performed in Boston ...