OP1234. PORGY AND BESS, recorded 1951, w.Lehman Engel Cond. J.Rosamond Johnson Chorus; Lawrence Winters, Camilla Williams, Inez Matthews, Avon Long, Helen Dowdy, Hubert Dilworth, etc.; Porgy and Bess – Excerpts, w.Risë Stevens & Robert Merrill. (E.U.) 2-Naxos 8.110287/88. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. - 636943128725
"After his first guest appearance [in Stockholm] as Rigoletto, every performance was sold out. What a singer! What an actor! [Winters’] voice was mellow as well as intense; he did not lose vocal quality in the nuances he brought to his singing; and his stately appearance was as arresting as his voice."
- Birgit Nilsson, LA NILSSON, p.87
The 1951 Columbia PORGY, on Naxos, is a vivid musical and theatrical experience. Lawrence Winters, Camilla Williams, the sleazy Avon Long – none better.
- Michael Mark, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2007