Scott Joplin - Treemonisha | Pentatone PTC5186221

Scott Joplin - Treemonisha

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186221

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 16th March 2015



Houston Grand Opera


Gunther Schuller


Joplin, Scott



Houston Grand Opera


Gunther Schuller


The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time.

Now - over a quarter of a century later - and thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel Super Audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they deserved back then.

This release is an outstanding version of Scott Joplinís opera Treemonisha. Not only because this recording - which was orchestrated by the American composer and jazz musician Gunther Schuller in 1975 for the Houston Grand Opera - probably comes the closest to Joplinís original intention, but also because the recordingís crisp and bright sound can now be cherished on 2 SACDs, complete with a full libretto in English.

Joplinís uniquely beautiful and dearly inspiring score is a buoyant blend of ragtime, vaudeville and grand opera, with lots of dancing, a big portion for the chorus, and arias and ensembles of stunning beauty. The composition has an inherently American tone and it was definitely created by a true entertainer. It is ďa landmark setĒ, as Christopher Cook put it in a review in BBC Music Magazine (August 2005).

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