"... thanks to the work of conductor Kenneth Kiesler, who set a quick pace from the first measures, aptly reflecting Gershwin’s predilection for energy and forward motion. Even in the reflective arias to come, Kiesler refused to let tempos flag or melodies bog down in sentimentality, giving this “Porgy and Bess” a jazz-tinged thrust often lost in the opera house."
"One wondered if the orchestral accompaniment ever has sounded more texturally lucid than this . . . There was no question that listeners were in the hands of performers who understood the folkloric syntax of this music . . . This production held too many high points to detail here."