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Dennehy - The Last Hotel | Cantaloupe CA21143

Dennehy - The Last Hotel

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Label: Cantaloupe

Cat No: CA21143

Barcode: 0713746314323

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 12th April 2019

Contents

Artists

Claudia Boyle
Robin Adams
Katherine Manley
Mikel Murfi
Crash Ensemble

Conductor

Alan Pierson

Works

Dennehy, Donnacha

The Last Hotel

Artists

Claudia Boyle
Robin Adams
Katherine Manley
Mikel Murfi
Crash Ensemble

Conductor

Alan Pierson

About

Reviewing the 2015 world premiere of composer Donnacha Dennehy and playwright Enda Walsh's opera The Last Hotel, The Guardian's Kate Molleson was smitten by "a dark drama in which death hangs over every move  the titular hotel is a shabby establishment where guests go to kill themselves".

That description alone is all the listener needs to appreciate the visceral energy of the performances captured here by Claudia Boyle, Robin Adams, Katherine Manley and actor Mikel Murfi (whose presence as the silent Porter is more implied than directly felt), all ably supported by the agile, dynamic sound of Ireland's renowned Crash Ensemble, conducted by Alan Pierson.

"It's great to work with someone like Enda, who's a genius in his own field," Dennehy said in an interview before the premiere. "The opera is about an English couple who arrive in Ireland to meet this Irish woman, and basically as it goes on, you realize that the Irish woman wants to kill herself, with their assistance. But it's incredibly funny in places, despite the tragic subject matter!"

Modern musical theatre has consistently pushed against the boundaries of what constitutes "opera", in the traditional Western classical sense. The Last Hotel is firmly rooted in that vanguard, merging the grit and gall of experimental theatre and independent arthouse films with the cracking trajectory of post-classical chamber music.

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