Composer of the Week: Gershwin

Porgy and Bess

Episode 5 Porgy and Bess

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Summary

Donald Macleod explores the poignant story of Gershwin's unhappy final months, spent in Hollywood away from his home in New York - and the effect his premature death had on his brother Ira. Gershwin arr Brian Wilson: Love Is Here to Stay. Unnamed musicians. Gershwin: Overture; In 3/4 Time; Isn't It a Pity (Pardon My English). John Cullum, William Katt, Arnetia Walker (vocalists), conductor Eric Stern. Variations on I Got Rhythm. Oscar Levant (piano), Morton Gould and his orchestra. Porgy and Bess (Act 2, excerpts). Willard White (Porgy), Cynthia Haymon (Bess), Harolyn Blackwell (Clara), Damon Evans (Sporting Life), Marietta Simpson (Maria), Gregg Baker (Crown), Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic, conductor Simon Rattle. I've Got Beginner's Luck. Fred Astaire (vocals), Johnny Green Orchestra.

Cast & Crew

Producer Steven Rajam
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