About this Recording

Waldbühne 1995 American Night

Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic
Soloists: Wayne Marshall - piano
Willard White - Porgy
Cynthia Haymon - Bess
Damon Evans - Sporting Life
Cynthia Clarey - Serena
Marietta Simpson - Maria
Daniel Washington - Clown


Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: LPCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 85 minutes
Region Code: PAL All
Recording Date: 25 June 1995
Venue: Waldbuhne, Berlin

A Fine Evening of Music

• Sir Simon Rattle conducts music by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein in this concert celebration of Americana. The programme features the vocal talents of Willard White in highlights from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, as well as interpretations of Rhapsody in Blue, I got Rhythm and begins with Bernstein's Candide Overture.

LEONARD BERNSTEIN - Candide Overture
GEORGE GERSHWIN - Rhapsody in Blue
LEONARD BERNSTEIN - Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
GEORGE GERSHWIN - Highlights from "Porgy and Bess"
GEORGE GERSHWIN - Someone to watch over me
GEORGE GERSHWIN - I got rhythm
PAUL LINCKE - Berliner Luft

• Simon Rattle conducted his first concert as music director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in September 2002. He was elected by the orchestra on 23 June 1999, when he was just 44, the first British conductor to hold the post. It is the latest step in a journey, which has already made an extraordinary impact on the musical world. 'It is a remarkable development, beginning from a very, very high point of achievement', says his colleague the conductor Bernard Haitink, 'he has such an open mind, and a really incredible charisma'.

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