Rattle's Porgy & Bess II

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  • Rosa Rodrigues
    Rosa Rodrigues 3 года назад +1

    Amo essa música! 

  • Christian Schonberger
    Christian Schonberger 3 года назад +3

    Doesn't get any better than this. Brilliant performance of a brilliant composition. Love the rich orchestral textures embracing the voices. I guess this song/aria doesn't receive more recognition because it is decidedly early-to-mid 20th Century: harmonically rich, complex, interesting and never dull or predictable. Perhaps not easily accessible to people used to 18th/19th Century music. Fantastic use of counterpoint and "dovetailing" melody lines. Gershwin was beyond genius. It is obvious that the great Leonard Bernstein listened a lot (!) to Gershwin :-)

    • Christian Schonberger
      Christian Schonberger 2 года назад

      +Julio A. Mendez Yes, of course: my personal taste plays a big role, as is the case with any person - and the music I grew up to (my father was a band leader and jazz musician - his great idol was genius jazz clarinetist/band leader Benny Goodman - a Jewish man who had to form small bands to be able to play with African-American such as Lionel Hampton (vibes and himself band leader) musicians who couldn't play in his big band - times were very bad regarding civil rights in the US back in the 1930s/40s....) which helped form my tastes. Racism... Yeah, too bad this is still an issue as we speak. BTW: I also play the Hammond B3 organ (not remotely as well as my virtuoso idols from the US - which are too many to count) with a gospel choir and a soul/R'n'B band for which I write the horn arrangements here in Europe. I listen to all (!!!) kinds of music from everywhere and I listen to the musicians and their different approaches.

    • Julio A. Mendez
      Julio A. Mendez 2 года назад

      +Christian Schonberger That's just one reason, other one would be your personal taste and great sensibility. From my own point of view I believe that racism has been the enemy for this big masterpiece could reach a
      better success in the whole world: black and jewish people, all together? "Too much". I'm a grandmother
      from Argentina. Regards! Amelia.

    • Christian Schonberger
      Christian Schonberger 2 года назад

      Yes I am a professional musician. Mainly an arranger, orchestrator and producer. My main instrument is (of course) the piano.

    • lyndalarose51
      lyndalarose51 2 года назад

      Sounds like you really know about music - are you a musician?

  • Jago Tremain
    Jago Tremain 4 года назад

    Absolutely right - that confluence of styles will never occur again. There were others, though, not just Jewish and Black: the European operetta style is in there too, as are styles from Latin America and N. American folk music. And all in one place - New York. It was a peak that popular music is unlikely to reach again.

  • John Bent
    John Bent 4 года назад

    There is still great music being composed, but now it is so much more difficult to get the attention and raise the money. Where would Mozart have been without the Emperor's sponsorship? Even the greats need help getting to the stage. It's so sad, but also unfortunately true.

  • Andwele Musamba
    Andwele Musamba 4 года назад

    Bess is so beautiful!

  • Tom Barlow
    Tom Barlow 4 года назад

    How can that stupid Broadway "version" compete with this? Gershwin's original magnum opus?

  • David Freedman
    David Freedman 5 лет назад

    Just perfect! I've been totally entranced for the last 5 minutes and 45 seconds.

  • thirdunkle
    thirdunkle 5 лет назад

    This is simply some of the most beautiful music ever written and performed as pure sexual intercourse. The interchange in the second half as the male and female vocally dances and weaves, calls and responds, is pure sexual rhythm, the perfect metaphor for life creation and love in musical form---and as erotic, overwhelming, pure and sensual as the best love making. A defining composition of heterosexuality in song and music.

  • Victoria Clark
    Victoria Clark 5 лет назад

    @23Shinin23 Don't worry, there are young people (like me) out there determined to keep this music alive. :)

  • Andrew Holborn
    Andrew Holborn 5 лет назад

    Love survives strongest where people are not destracted by their constant longing for more possessions; just have a simple home and their deep love.This clip has stirring emotion in the acting and singing.

  • shjakes
    shjakes 5 лет назад

    @23Shinin23 Keep hope alive…after the latest Grammy awards where the retro songs made the biggest impact, I hope the message is clear to the young'uns who keep sampling without being original.

  • mezzolia
    mezzolia 5 лет назад

    Maravilloso...! cuanta dulzura y que bien interpretado....bravo...!

  • ohsnapiam59
    ohsnapiam59 5 лет назад

    Still gives me goosebumps.

  • Eric Padilla
    Eric Padilla 5 лет назад

    @berowne9 Beautifully said. I couldn't agree more.

  • berowne9
    berowne9 6 лет назад

    Sheer perfection. What a gorgeous duet, what phenomenal singers. There's no greater proof than this that sublime art stirs something unique in the human soul.

  • Zdena Volfová
    Zdena Volfová 6 лет назад

    Nádhera - díky za ojedinělý zážitek - kráné hlasy!

  • Donald Irving
    Donald Irving 6 лет назад

    They are wonderful. It's too bad they were asked to lip sync their obviously prerecorded track. The unnatural "realism" of their acting undermines the strength of the music... the energy which a singer displays when really singing heightens the drama rather than detracting from it, as the director seems to think.

  • 4Rachy
    4Rachy 6 лет назад

    @madamerotten What an astute observation. This is a special synergy and beautiful, so beautiful...

  • TruthSerum101
    TruthSerum101 6 лет назад

    @pphleboman God of Jacob? Damned for eternity? What a crock. Anyway, this is a great opera.

  • havanatlc
    havanatlc 6 лет назад

    I played Oboe 1 in the Production of Porgy and Bess. I love this particular song. Wow quite a terriffic experience. This has been one of the most difficult pieces I have ever played and the most interesting. I think one of the greatest accomplishments of my career so far as an oboist.

  • Michael inAmerica
    Michael inAmerica 6 лет назад

    This was an awesome piece of music. Thank you George!

  • Larry Gott
    Larry Gott 6 лет назад

    This was just beautiful!

  • 4Rachy
    4Rachy 6 лет назад

    What a gorgeous rendition. A coloratura soprano and a deep baritone (if not basso profundo ) duet. I did not know these two before. OK this is my favorite 'Bess'. Amazing.

  • Saxation1
    Saxation1 6 лет назад

    @pphleboman i agree that the state of rap is crap these days, but keep in mind that this opera was written by a white Jew.

  • TruthSerum101
    TruthSerum101 6 лет назад

    @pphleboman Oh, please!

  • Apor Szüts
    Apor Szüts 6 лет назад

    you is:):)

  • jjmm47
    jjmm47 6 лет назад

    nice high 'b' at the end

  • madamerotten
    madamerotten 6 лет назад

    @pphleboman It was the fusion of Jewish European and Black African musical styles that fueled the genius of George Gershwin and others of his era. There is nothing like it being created today.

  • JayeSpotTV
    JayeSpotTV 6 лет назад

    Simply amazing to see and hear such GREATNESS come from such a GREAT and strong culture. I MISS cultured theatre and music.

  • jhon smith
    jhon smith 6 лет назад

    @pphleboman thats radical

  • jhon smith
    jhon smith 6 лет назад

    @pphleboman ...

  • Frommerhold
    Frommerhold 6 лет назад


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    Kiana Bell 6 лет назад


  • bangfarang
    bangfarang 6 лет назад

    This is quite possibly the greatest piece of music ever to come out of the United States, performed beautifully here.

  • Ah Yeah
    Ah Yeah 6 лет назад

    I am the only one who is deeply struck that music will never return to this beautiful form?

  • Gisela Lenart
    Gisela Lenart 6 лет назад

    @Gaseoushead ti just have found this - great voices ! where is the whole fil /music to find ? I still remember this from my middleschool in Aschaffenburg, Germany - The women part was sung by my girlfried /Classmate B. Rollmann, and the musicleader of the school-choir sung the men part. I learned the parts of B. just by listening to her perfect clear voice, and i wish i could. get the film of the evening . I know the evening was recorded- who knows more about it ?

  • Buddhaxe
    Buddhaxe 6 лет назад

    This is a wonderful performance... but the lady is not enjoying that kiss at the ending :p

  • jewelmarkess
    jewelmarkess 6 лет назад

    This is absolutely beautiful. Great singing and acting.

  • Daniel Shai
    Daniel Shai 6 лет назад


  • Shonta Taylor
    Shonta Taylor 6 лет назад

    @FATowlie it was jusz 3asy 2 understand..3spaecially wh3n i had a t3ach3r 2 3xplain parts i cudnt understand..but sur3 u can introduc3 m3 2 others...ill lyk 2 luk n2 mor3!

  • rovingeye5
    rovingeye5 7 лет назад

    "America" is about collaboration-it's about being inspired by the greatest in all cultures

  • Nayden Todorov
    Nayden Todorov 7 лет назад

    Oh, Gott! GREAT!!!!

  • madamerotten
    madamerotten 7 лет назад

    Amazing... magnificent!

  • Shonta Taylor
    Shonta Taylor 7 лет назад


  • Kaitlin McKendry
    Kaitlin McKendry 7 лет назад

    greatest american opera ever written! Gershwin is genius, this song has so many perfect melodies, I cant pick a favorite person.

  • 27elt
    27elt 7 лет назад

    What fabulous voices! What engaging music! Such a pleasure to listen to.

  • Masicians
    Masicians 7 лет назад

    It's obviously in playback in order to make this wonderful movie.
    But you are right, it's quite a great rendition!
    I'm a student singer (from Madagascar) in a "Conservatoire Supérieur" in France and I hope, one day, I will have the voice to sing Porgy's role.
    One of my dreams....

    DAVID CORNELIUS 7 лет назад

    she does a great job at control.. her tone is so full at the the end even tho she is singing softly...wonderful

  • toobyu2859
    toobyu2859 7 лет назад

    He seems to do it effortlessly.

  • noel ndoum Assembe
    noel ndoum Assembe 7 лет назад

    toujours aussi emouvante l'histoire de Porgy et Bess.
    Très bien interprétéé par ce beau couple

  • Jory Vinikour
    Jory Vinikour 7 лет назад

    Too beautiful for words! Great singing, especially from Sir Willard

  • Joseph Muir
    Joseph Muir 7 лет назад

    What an incredible, beautiful voice Willard White has! Thanks for sharing this video.

  • Brent Taghap
    Brent Taghap 7 лет назад

    absolutely awesome! my youth orchestra is playing selections from this opera and it sounds so amazing in its original form :D

  • madamerotten
    madamerotten 7 лет назад

    The highest form of art. Incredibly beautiful.

  • Kortland Whalum
    Kortland Whalum 7 лет назад


  • classyteacherdiva
    classyteacherdiva 8 лет назад

    Why is Bess so fascinating? Does she really know what she wants? Is it drugs, or a man? Does she want an escape from the trials of life? As Linda Richman would say, let's discuss!

  • Astonyshing
    Astonyshing 8 лет назад

    Brilliant song superbly performed

  • Jmely
    Jmely 8 лет назад

    That's exactly what I was just replaying 20 times. breathtaking.

  • Yokandyman
    Yokandyman 8 лет назад

    Just Wonderful

  • bangfarang
    bangfarang 8 лет назад

    When I get around to listing my favorite popular music—to use the term broadly—of the last hundred years, this always makes a quick appearance. I live, and will likely die, in an Asian mountainside forest, and when I think of the United States, my home, this is one of the pieces of music that best represents the beauty of what my country once was, warts and all.

  • Nadine Fresko
    Nadine Fresko 8 лет назад

    teeeheee bess has funny eyebrows l:o
    great song though

  • monsoonalley
    monsoonalley 8 лет назад

    At 5:08 goosebumps

  • foxtrotnow
    foxtrotnow 8 лет назад

    truly great music. simply beautiful.

  • cuckoo879
    cuckoo879 8 лет назад

    lol, good luck

  • FancyUnicorn
    FancyUnicorn 8 лет назад

    Godspeed Music 10. I'm doing the final while I type this!

  • Philip Thompson
    Philip Thompson 8 лет назад

    Willard White is Jamaican.

  • Lebowski53
    Lebowski53 8 лет назад

    Chaps. Easy on the whole African American stuff. Gershwin was a white jewish gent. Music is music is music.

    Leave it at that.

  • Kitty Butler
    Kitty Butler 8 лет назад

    I can't stop weeping, so heartbraking beautiful.

  • Solyn Cassia
    Solyn Cassia 8 лет назад

    I love Cynthia Haymon!

  • Assumpta Canadell
    Assumpta Canadell 8 лет назад

    Great Williard.

  • OrientalNumber33
    OrientalNumber33 8 лет назад

    *tear* Stay representing for the Bass-Baritones of the world Willard! Absolutely fantastic art.

  • Christine Angel
    Christine Angel 9 лет назад

    MORE PLEASE as this was so wonderful. Willard White can't be beaten in this part.

  • smeriau
    smeriau 9 лет назад

    +1 about that.
    for me, this is the best version of this unbelievable opera, thanks to Willard White & Cynthia Haymon for their brilliant performance here.
    now....Shhhh ! just listen & enjoy ....

  • BigTabby33
    BigTabby33 9 лет назад

    Perhaps the definitive treatment of Gershwin's tale of love and loss, this particular performance never fails to make me tear up. Such remarkable performances.

  • BitterlyAmused
    BitterlyAmused 9 лет назад

    Porgy and Bess is truly the great American Opera.

  • Chromeman
    Chromeman 9 лет назад

    Just fantastic! Looking forward to see and hear Porgy & Bess myself in the new Oslo Operahouse and the guest performance from Cape Town Opera in August!

  • mara235
    mara235 9 лет назад

    breathless - thanks!

  • Joseph Charles
    Joseph Charles 9 лет назад

    Lovely. Lovely. Thank you.

  • defyinggravity319
    defyinggravity319 9 лет назад

    i saw this movie in 5th grade for music class and i didn't know what the heck was going on! now i am absolutely in love with this! thank you so much for posting!

  • Eudora Price
    Eudora Price 10 лет назад


  • Susie Warmington
    Susie Warmington 10 лет назад

    yes plentiful big ups to our fellow Jamaican:0)

  • Yanipooh
    Yanipooh 10 лет назад

    he's jamaican? coolness!!

  • Diva Do Re Mi
    Diva Do Re Mi 10 лет назад

    That's not pathetic, its just the humanity in you.

  • gamesport88
    gamesport88 10 лет назад

    Forget the Preminger film.
    This production is the money maker right here!

  • Susie Warmington
    Susie Warmington 10 лет назад

    Ah Willard White...a friend of my Mummy...Mum says he was great as a student at the Jamaica School of Music in Kingston, Jamaica.

  • 301250
    301250 10 лет назад

    It ain't surprising that given such glorious singing from two singers with magical and heavenly voices in this beautiful opera of Gershwin, both Willard and Haymon, when they performed this at Glynbourne, the bourgeoisie black-tie audience there was reduced to helpless tears. Watching this made me do the same. Some more please. SD Goh (Malaysia)

  • Yanipooh
    Yanipooh 10 лет назад

    i watch this like everyday...how pathetic of me

  • beaugarsNYC
    beaugarsNYC 10 лет назад

    I'm CRAZY for this song now! Would you believe that it was Lainie Kazan's version that introduced me to this? After more searching on here, I came up with this version, which has left me spellbound. I "loves" you, Cynthia and Willard!!

  • ChaseOnMars
    ChaseOnMars 10 лет назад

    The vocal performances are absolute perfection! So beautiful, the way the song builds up to (4:15) the 'morningtime and eveningtime's, with the 'hhmmmm's, and the kiss, and time stops completely until the last note a minute and a half later. Just great.

  • Paolo Reyes
    Paolo Reyes 10 лет назад

    my heart soars when I hear this specific performance, then I get goosebumps! oh man freaking brilliant!

  • elvenlove
    elvenlove 10 лет назад

    Cynthia Haymon is currently a professor at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Hurray for the Midwest!

  • Sydney Duprey
    Sydney Duprey 10 лет назад

    Achingly beautiful.

  • Judi Paparozzi
    Judi Paparozzi 10 лет назад

    Beautiful beyond words. I have loved this duet and opera since I was a child. Gershwin gave us a taste of the sounds of Heaven!

  • Kitty Butler
    Kitty Butler 10 лет назад

    Ahhhhhh heaven

  • madamerotten
    madamerotten 10 лет назад

    One of the most powerful, enchanting duets ever to grace our ears and our souls.

  • gamesport88
    gamesport88 10 лет назад

    Can anyone post Summertime from this production?

  • Lydia Campbell
    Lydia Campbell 10 лет назад

    i wish someone will post this entire opera...i had the peasure of being in one recent production! i just love it!