Jake Heggie - The Radio Hour
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Cat No: DE3484
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th October 2015
WorksHe will gather us around (choral version)
He will gather us around (solo version)
I shall not live in vain
The Radio Hour
ArtistsSusan Graham (mezzo-soprano)
John Alexander Singers
Members of Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Initially regarded as a master composer of art songs, Jake Heggie has since become known as perhaps America’s leading contemporary composer of internationally acclaimed operas.
We’re treated here to winning examples of both genres: the world premiere recording of a short, one-act opera, The Radio Hour – as well as four shorter vocal pieces. The Radio Hour – the world’s first-ever 'choral opera' – is a compact work for silent actress, with running narrative and commentary from a choir.
The program is rounded out with four mostly art song-based works in varied arrangements, several with choral elements.
The vaunted John Alexander Singers perform brilliantly. It is John Alexander, the conductor here, who originally suggested the idea of a pioneering choral opera to Heggie. Susan Graham, one of America’s most beloved mezzo-sopranos, is heard in three of the shorter pieces. Pacific Symphony members provide deft instrumentals.
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