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Three Operas:judith Weir/de La Martinez/

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  • Audio CD
  • Label: Cala
  • ASIN: B0002517RS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Three short operas by composer Judith Weir: The Consolations of Scholarship (Chinese Chamber Opera); Missa Del Cid; King Harald's Saga (for solo soprano)

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By smartyfun TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Oct. 2015
The three operas on this CD were composed at different times and are not related. In fact, the only reason that they are together is probably because they literally fit on one CD being approximately 22 minutes, 20 minutes and 13 minutes in duration.

The earliest piece, King Harald's Saga, was composed in 1979 when Judith Weir was 25 years old.It is extraordinary for several reasons, not least because it is a grand opera in three parts that describes the Norman invasion of England in 1066 which only lasts 13 minutes. All the parts, including the Norwegian army, are played by a solo soprano singing unaccompanied who also provides a spoken introduction to the Acts. The libretto is littered with the aggression and violence of war and this is magnified by the paradox of the female voice a cappella.

The Consolations of Scholarship was composed in 1985. It starts with a female voice speaking, providing narration, telling a story. The spoken words are musicalised by the accompanying instruments which include a piano, strings, wind and percussion.

It is a chamber-like piece, and the soprano voice slowly evolves a stronger melodic quality.

Missa del Cid was composed in 1988 and comprises of ten voices singing unaccompanied in rich counterpoint. The overall sound is like an oratorio. Short spoken parts provide introductions to the different sections, which are all choral.

I'm not sure why the CD is entitled Three Operas, because none of the pieces are really operas. But whatever it is called, it is great music.
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