Hindemith - The Long Christmas Dinner | Bridge BRIDGE9449

Hindemith - The Long Christmas Dinner

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Label: Bridge

Cat No: BRIDGE9449

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 28th August 2015

Contents

Artists

Camille Zamora (soprano)
Sara Murphy (mezzo-soprano)
Jarrett Ott (baritone)
Josh Quinn (bass-baritone)
Glenn Seven Allen (tenor)
Catherine Martin (mezzo-soprano)
Kathryn Guthrie (soprano)
Roderick II: Scott Murphree (tenor)
American Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Leon Botstein

Works

Hindemith, Paul

The Long Christmas Dinner (Das lange Weihnachtsmahl)

Artists

Camille Zamora (soprano)
Sara Murphy (mezzo-soprano)
Jarrett Ott (baritone)
Josh Quinn (bass-baritone)
Glenn Seven Allen (tenor)
Catherine Martin (mezzo-soprano)
Kathryn Guthrie (soprano)
Roderick II: Scott Murphree (tenor)
American Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Leon Botstein

About

This recording marks a major event in American music: the premiere recording of the original English language version of Paul Hindemith’s final opera, 'The Long Christmas Dinner' (1960/61) on a libretto by Thornton Wilder.

Conductor Leon Botstein writes: “One aspect that Thornton Wilder and Paul Hindemith shared was their mastery of the short form in their respective fields: the single-act work. Nowhere is Wilder’s skill in this dramatic form so ambitiously and thrillingly demonstrated than in 'The Long Christmas Dinner', which transforms the concept of duration by compressing 90 years into under an hour, and thereby exposes fundamental issues of life and its rebirths. Hindemith, too, loved the form, and used it to invoke sudden spikes of emotion, whether it be horror, laughter, or astonishment. That these two great artists collaborated on a form that they both dominated and reinvigorated is a rare and happy historical convergence.”

This CD release includes complete librettos in English and German, and extensive background notes by Hindemith scholar Joel Haney, conductor Leon Botstein, and Tappan Wilder, nephew and literary executor of Thornton Wilder.

Cast:
- Lucia/Lucia II: Camille Zamora (soprano)
- Mother Bayard/Ermengarde: Sara Murphy (mezzo-soprano)
- Roderick/Sam: Jarrett Ott (baritone)
- Brandon: Josh Quinn (bass-baritone)
- Charles: Glenn Seven Allen (tenor)
- Genevieve: Catherine Martin (mezzo-soprano)
- Leonora: Kathryn Guthrie (soprano)
- Roderick II: Scott Murphree (tenor)

Recorded live at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

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