Re: PORGY and BESS

Charles Timberlake (ctimberl@sjvls.lib.ca.us)
Thu, 13 Jul 2000 08:16:44 -0700 (PDT)

I didn't know that the Gershwin estate was no longer in the picture on the
film "Porgy and Bess". This is progress. It was my understanding that
they hated it and prevented its release to TV or on video. I think the
soundtrack has never been on CD, either. Probably the estate was correct
about the film; it's not very good. The score was nicely recorded, but
it's not the opera. I recall some of the music (for dance scenes?)
was not what Gershwin wrote and was not too good. Oh well, that's one
librarian's opinion.