I loves you Porgy - Opera meets Jazz- from Porgy & Bess (Gershwin)
Germany based US Soprano Christina Clark sings the touching Gerswhin song 'I loves you Porgy' from his Opera Porgy and Bess.
Christina Clark - Soprano
Mike del Ferro - Piano
Ingo Senst - Bass
Sebastian Netta - Drums
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â–º This is part of the "Opera meets Jazz "Program, original idea by Pianist Mike del Ferro.
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â–º "I Loves You, Porgy" is a duet from the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was performed in the opera's premiere in 1935 and on Broadway the same year by Anne Brown and Todd Duncan. They recorded the song on volume 2 of the album Selections from George Gershwin's Folk Opera Porgy and Bess in 1942.
The duet occurs in act 2, scene 3, Catfish Row, where Porgy promises Bess that he will protect her. Bess has a lover, Crown, who is abusive and continually seduces her.
It has been popularised by Nina Simone's adaptation from her first album, Little Girl Blue.[
â–º Mike also recorded "opera meets jazz" with the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley. Listen to the album here:
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â–º About "Italian Opera meets Jazz":
Dutch Jazz Pianist Mike del Ferro is the son of Tenor Leonardo del Ferro, who sang with Maria Callas in the fifties.
Mike thus grew up with Opera and Classical music and a couple years ago he recorded 2 albums with his trio, â€œOpera with Jazzâ€, featuring Toots Thielemans and Richard Galliano.These albums became a huge success and Mike has been performing all over the world with this program.
Mike recorded â€œItalian Opera meets Jazzâ€, with the string section and woodwinds of the world famous Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley.12 new arrangements written by a team of 8 international arrangers.Special guest is phenomenal soprano Claron McFadden, one of the most versatile vocalists around who moves easily between classical, jazz and improvised music.
The Metropole Orchestra be so kind to allow Mike to perform these arrangements with local Orchestraâ€™s all over the world, at a small rental fee. Mike will also continue performing this program in trio and other formations, instrumentally and/or with a vocalist.
Mike del Ferro about â€œOpera meets Jazzâ€:
"My earliest childhood memories are of my father singing, singing at concerts, at home, in restaurants, with friends, just Belcanto (which means beautiful singing) everywhere.
It was inevitable with this background, that I should want to make music and had my first classical piano lessons at the age of nine.
As I became older I discovered the freedom of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and developed a passion for playing the great Jazz standards.Lots of these standards originate from Broadway musicals and have always been a source of inspiration for Jazz musicians.
The source of inspiration for this project has been Belcanto, which means "beautiful singing"
I thought Italian Aria's and Neapolitan songs could also be given a more instrumental interpretation, this project is the result of my efforts."
â–º Mike del Ferro is a highly sought after International Award Winning Pianist and World Traveller from Amsterdam. To date he performed in 117 Countries. His reputation as a soloist, accompanist, composer and arranger has led to performances and recordings with musicians such as Toots Thielemans, Branford Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Randy Brecker, Oscar Castro Neves, Deborah Brown, Erik Truffaz, Jorge Rossy, Scott Hamilton, Richard Galliano, and many others.
â–º Mike has travelled the world extensively (so far 117 countries), searching for collaborations with musicians from cultures quite different to his own, and the musical results have been eye-opening, building musical bridges between cultures not normally within reach of each other. He has managed to combine elements of the revered canons of Western music interspersed with the audacity of Jazz improvisation, and paying tribute to the ancient structures of Asian, South American and African traditional music.
â–º Mike goes by Mark Twain's dictum - "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" ...... his music reflects the array of influences that he has picked up in some of the most exotic places around the world.
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