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Glanville-Hicks: Nausicaa (highlights) [IMPORT] [Import]

Glanville-Hicks , Stratas , Surinach , Aso&C Audio CD

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1. Nausicaa: Prologue: 'Of All The Greek Heroes, Who Laid Waste To Troy'
2. Nausicaa: Act I, Scene 1: 'I, Your King Alcinous, Call You Together'
3. Nausicaa: Interlude I: 'What Do They Mean These Auguries?'
4. Nausicaa: Scene 3: 'Lady Of This Coast, You See Before Me'
5. Nausicaa: Act II, Scene 4: 'Now Phemius, Come Out Of Your Corner'
6. Nausicaa: Scene 5: 'Stay, -- Stay Where You Are. Who Are You?'
7. Nausicaa: Act III: Interlude III. The Wedding By Night, Scene 6, Finale.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Operatic Event 2 Feb 2001
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What an interesting idea for an opera! Nausicaa is based on the Robert Graves novel "Homer's Daughter," and he wrote the libretto. Peggy Glanville-Hicks was a very accomplished composer who is sadly not well represented in the CD catalogue. Prior to writing this opera, Ms. Glanville-Hicks lived in Athens in a house atop the Acropolis. She studied Greek folk music for two years before tackling the composing of this music.
The result is interesting indeed. It reminded me of Bamuel Barber's "Antony and Cleopatra" to a degree. The music and words are fitted to each other with graceful percision. However, there are no melodic arias. Teresa Stratas is wonderful as Nausicaa; her voice has a sweetness to it that was lost in her more mature singing years.
The sound is not bad for a live recording from 1961. If the subject interests you and you like 20th century opera, try this CD.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual 20th century opera in an ancient Greek setting 12 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Peggy Glanville-Hicks has provided a rather unusual opera based on the myth of Nausicaa and Ulysses. This is a live recording of the premier which took place at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus of Athens in 1961. The sound is very good. Teresa Stratas is exceptional. John Modenos, George Moutsios and Mihalis Heliotis are also first-rate. The Athens State Orchestra is mediocre.
N. A. Peppas
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rather fascinating release 16 Dec 2010
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990) was an Australian composer who studied with Vaughan Williams, Boulanger, Wellesz and others (and was, for a time, married to the British composer Stanley Bate whom Dutton at present seems to be reviving). Stylistically, her music might be closest to Vaughan Williams (among her teachers) - perhaps even more so to Walton - but she employs several more exotic influences (such as non-Westerns scales and modes) and avoids the more romantic tendencies of the composers mentioned. The opera Nausicaa was premiered in 1961, and the release at hand is in fact excerpts from that world premiere by the Athens Symphony Orchestra & Chorus conducted by - of all people - Carlos Surinach.

So we don't get the complete opera, but the selections work very well on their own (and the booklet gives us the complete libretto). It is a recitative-based (rather than aria-based) work based on powerful ideas but avoiding undue harmonic complexity. The story is hence simply and effectively told, but the music rises to some wonderful climaxes (containing some ecstatic choral singing) and manages to maintain interest throughout. The singing is generally admirable, especially Teresa Stratas in the title role, but the other roles are also generally well taken (John Modenos's Aethon stands out as well). The orchestral and choral performances are convincing and the recording is pretty good. In short, this is a valuable release and if Nausicaa isn't quite a timeless masterpiece it surely piques one's curiosity about the rest of the composer's output. Recommended.
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