Composer of the Week: Gershwin

Of Thee I Sing

Episode 4 Of Thee I Sing

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Summary

Donald Macleod introduces excerpts from George and Ira Gershwin's Pulitzer Prize-winning satire Of Thee I Sing - a runaway hit on Broadway after the political and social fallout of the Wall Street Crash - and discusses the relationship between the two gifted brothers. In advance of tomorrow's extended excerpt from Act 2 of the composer's masterpiece Porgy and Bess, Donald Macleod also tells the story of the opera's genesis, and introduces the rarely heard orchestral suite Catfish Row, drawn from its darkest and most profound musical material. Gershwin arr Finnissy. I'd Rather Charleston (Lady Be Good). Nicholas Hodges (piano). Gershwin: Overture; Wintergreen for President; Who Is the Lucky Girl to Be?; The Dimple on My Knee; Because, Because; Never Was There a Girl So Fair; Some Girls Can Bake a Pie; Love Is Sweeping the Country; Of Thee I Sing (Of Thee I Sing). Jack Gilford (Alexander Throttlebottom), Larry Kert (John P Wintergreen), Maureen McGovern (Mary Turner), Paige O'Hara (Diana Devereux), New York Choral Artists, Orchestra of St Luke's, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Catfish Row; Porgy Sings; Fugue; Hurricane; Good Mornin' Sistuh (Catfish Row). Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, conductor Leonard Slatkin.

Cast & Crew

Producer Steven Rajam
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