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The Tempest Thomas Ades,
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This is a superb recording of a superb piece of 21st century music theatre. The recording was made during the 2007 revival of the piece at Covent Garden with largely the same cast as the premiere under the baton of the composer.
It is said that the prelude was scored days before the premiere in 2004, yet as with other outpourings of genius in the history of music the piece appears seamless and as one with the drama that follows.
There are sections that are mildly contrived: many commentators have remarked that the reconiliation quartet of the last act is strongly based on Beethoven's 'Mir ist so Wunderbar, both in style and form. Likewise the opening exchanges beween Miranda (Christine Rice) and Prospero (Simon Keenlyside) have a similarity to the father/daughter exchanges of Wotan/Brunnhilde.
Nevertheless this is a wonderful Tempest. The music that Ades weaves for
Caliban (Ian Bostridge) and his strange island, is truly mysterious and magical, and the Ariel (Cynthia Sieden), described by one reviewer as a "soprano on helium" is a truly original and entrancing sound which brings something new and original to the world of opera.
The music drama evolves powerfully. Although it is not based upon musical numbers, the action passes through a range of traditional forms which keep the listeners' ears focussed upon recognisable forms.
It could be argued that this piece is much more traditional opera, based upon 19th and 20th century models rather than avant garde, but as Peter Grimes did 50 years before, it levers itself firmly into the mainstram operatic repertoire and will surely be a work that stands the test of time.
The Royal Opera House Orchestra performs at its best for the composer and many of the minor roles are sung by operatic masters such as Gwynne Howell and Philip Langridge.
Overall a magnificent performance.Thomas Ades: The Tempest
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Initial post: 10 Nov 2010 23:10:32 GMT
Does this boxed set contain the libretto?
Thanks for any info.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2013 00:29:49 GMT
Cj Wilshin says:
You probably have an answer to your question by now, but for the benefit of anyone else who wants to know: yes, a full libretto is included.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2013 15:29:58 GMT
Thank you kindly for letting me know! I had forgotten about this until the notification.
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