Mark Adamo: Late Victorians, Regina Coeli, Alcott Music, Overture to Lysistrata

Mark Adamo: Late Victorians, Regina Coeli, Alcott Music, Overture to Lysistrata

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by Sylvia Alimena
     
 
Acclaimed as "one of the best opera composers of the moment," American composer-librettist Mark Adamo has also ventured into symphonic composition and other fields in each of which his theatrical sensitivity, political commitment and musical mastery are evident. The vivacity of his Overture to Lysistrata accentuates the play's anti-war theme, while Alcott

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Acclaimed as "one of the best opera composers of the moment," American composer-librettist Mark Adamo has also ventured into symphonic composition and other fields in each of which his theatrical sensitivity, political commitment and musical mastery are evident. The vivacity of his Overture to Lysistrata accentuates the play's anti-war theme, while Alcott Music rethinks the music from his hit opera Little Women. Regina Coeli pays tribute to the Queen of Heaven and Late Victorians is dedicated both to the memory of those who have died and to those who have survived AIDS. From the Label

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Gramophone - Lawrence A. Johnson
Mark Adamo is one of our most gifted and successful young composers and, in its varied way, this programme provides a worthy sampler of vocal and orchestral music from a composer best known for his operas. Performances are excellent, and Late Victorians and the revised Alcott Music may well earn a place in the repertory.

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Release Date:
11/17/2009
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943925829
catalogNumber:
8559258

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Mark Adamo: Late Victorians, Regina Coeli, Alcott Music, Overture to Lysistrata 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JimD More than 1 year ago
Here's a varied program by a leading American composer of our time, both tonal and contemporary in the music he creates. One movement from a full-length concerto has been scored as a standalone piece for harp and strings, while an overture to one opera is followed by a suite from another (the much-performed "Little Women"). "Late Victorians," the title work of the disc, takes a magazine essay on AIDS, its victims and survivors, and weaves around it the poetry of Emily Dickinson; two solo voices are featured, one spoken and one sung. In a way, it derives from Haydn's "Farewell" symphony, with its vanishing musicians, but though regret and bitterness are added to the mix here, the piece is all the more effective for its generally understated tone. Performances are assured, and the recording is mostly close and clear (the harp gets a little swimmy at times). Notes are by the composer himself, who you should know if you don't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago