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James Dillon: Philomela - Music Theatre in 5 Acts


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  • Orchestra: Remix Ensemble
  • Conductor: Jurgen Hempel
  • Composer: James Dillon
  • Audio CD (9 May 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Aeon
  • ASIN: B002JIBCOY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ouverture
2. Scene 1. A Strange Suspended Atmosphere
3. Scene 2. The Loom
4. Scene 1. Once Upon a Time
5. Scene 2. Pas De Deux
6. Shoreline
7. Scene 1. Forestlight
8. Scene 2. Pas De Deux
9. Scene 3. The Violation
Disc: 2
1. The Voice of the Loom
2. Scene 1. The Sacrifice If Ibys With Metamorphosis
3. Scene 2
4. The Voice of the Loom
5. Scene 1. The Sacrifice If Ibys With Metamorphosis
6. Scene 2

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Munoz on 2 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Splendid edition for a 21st century masterpiece. Dillon's first attempt with opera (or Music Theatre as he prefers) offers one of the deepest and most elegant insights into the genre one can find in this century's repertoire.
Having seen the live performance given by the same interpreters back in 2006, I was eager for this recording to be released, and the expectancies weren't by any means disappointed.

Deserving of special mention is the beautiful booklet edition with excellent photographs of the stage performance and the whole libretto both in English and French, as well as an interesting interview to the composer.

100% Recommendable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Potts on 7 Oct 2009
Format: MP3 Download
James Dillons chamber opera for 3 voices, small orchestra (18 players), live electronics, 2003-04 is an essential listen. Firstly, the recording is superb, warm, rich, detailed. Secondly the ensemble music is staggeringly well played, the very complex music seems to stream over, under and above the 3 voices and with repeated listening you will hear different aspects that you didnt hear the time before. Ive listened to it about 5 times now and it still feels like the first listen. Where his old co-composer Brian Ferneyhough's music can sometimes come across as complicated and buzy for the sake of it, Dillons music, although just as complex- is soothing on your ears.. there is no effort needed to take this music in, it just trickles over you like black oil!
I'm sick of British composers not getting recognition internationally and Mr Dillon should be up there with the very best living composers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great opera --- Amazon needs to talk with AEON 10 Nov 2009
By David Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
James Dillon's long-awaited opera does is not, like Brian Fernyhough's or Elliot Carter's operas, a disappointment --- it's a terrific step forward for him that may come as a surprise to those who have not heard some of his recent orchestral and piano/orchestra pieces: he has definitely transcended his honorary membership in the "New Complexity" club and moved into a new and translucent (or should that be pellucid?) period.

One caveat: no matter how tempted you may be, hold on for the physical CDs release: the MP3 is marred by 5-second silences between (what should be)continuous tracks --- I thought this sort of boo-boo had been vanquished by technology some time back. Whether AEON (the label) or AMAZON is at fault I can't say; hopefully someone is taking care of this as I type.
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