Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Harnoncourt does Gershwin

Sony Masterworks is releasing a live recording of Porgy and Bess conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, of all people. Harnoncourt is famous for his early music performances & his rigorous preparation, but I have never thought of him as being able to swing. Simon Rattle's recording already sounds too European to me, so I imagine that Harnoncourt will sound even more foreign. The performance comes from the 2009 Graz Festival & features the Arnold Schoenberg Chor & Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Isabelle Kabatu & Jonathan Lemalu are in the title roles. The recording is officially released on September 21st.

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