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Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' -
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ROBERT ANDERSON

'The work is in the safest possible hands ...'

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. © 2001 EMI Records Ltd

Hollywood has produced some remarkable shows in its time, and among the most remarkable must have been the recurrent games of tennis between George Gershwin and Arnold Schoenberg, a controversial new arrival from Hitler's Europe. Against all probabilities, Schoenberg considered Gershwin a great composer, but no imagination is strong enough to resurrect their conversation as they lobbed and smashed at each other in those pre-war days. Each had a crucial opera in hand. Did Schoenberg serve an ace of a Moses or Aaron, Gershwin reply with a Porgy backhand or guilelessly twisting Bess? Alas, we shall never know.

Willard White and Cynthia Haymon as Porgy and Bess. DVD screenshot © Primetime/BBC/EMI Records
Willard White and Cynthia Haymon as Porgy and Bess. DVD screenshot © Primetime/BBC/EMI Records

 

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Copyright © 18 May 2006 Robert Anderson, London UK

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