Benjamin Britten's first work for the stage--an operetta written in collaboration with W. H. Auden during their American sojourn in the late 1930s and early '40s--was also his most richly lyrical. Throughout the piece, Britten reaches far and wide for vernacular musical material (sincere blues, country-western, popular song) with tremendous musical and dramatic effect. This is an irresistibly charming, touching, and often very funny piece. Not even the hardest of hearts will be able to resist this music's undeniable appeal.
The acclaimed Richard Hickox conducts an outstanding cast of singer-actors and, thankfully, he does not "wink-and-nudge" this story. Quite on the contrary, he throws himself and his cast into both the humor and the pathos of the story. While there is not a weak link in the very large cast, the essential "glue" provided by the Narrator makes one all the more grateful for the wonderfully expressive performance of Peter Coleman-Wright.
REVIEWS:
American Record Guide (7-8/00, pp.100-01) - "...'Bunyan' is of an extreme hybrid nature, somewhere between musical and opera, between drama and farce, between entertainment and polemic...[M]uch more than just a clever work[, i]t is a deeply serious one, often quite poetic..."
Opera News (4/00, p.83) - "...Hickox displays an unerring touch for the precise balance, articulation, pacing and color that will create magic, again and again. In his hands the true Britten 'voice' comes through... establishing Paul Bunyan as a worthwhile companion to his other works..."

Benjamin Britten's first work for the stage--an operetta written in collaboration with W. H. Auden during their American sojourn in the late 1930s and early '40s--was also his most richly lyrical. Throughout the piece, Britten reaches far and wide for vernacular musical material (sincere blues, country-western, popular song) with tremendous musical and dramatic effect. This is an irresistibly charming, touching, and often very funny piece. Not even the hardest of hearts will be able to resist this music's undeniable appeal.<BR>The acclaimed Richard Hickox conducts an outstanding cast of singer-actors and, thankfully, he does not "wink-and-nudge" this story. Quite on the contrary, he throws himself and his cast into both the humor and the pathos of the story. While there is not a weak link in the very large cast, the essential "glue" provided by the Narrator makes one all the more grateful for the wonderfully expressive performance of Peter Coleman-Wright.<BR>REVIEWS:<BR>American Record Guide (7-8/00, pp.100-01) - "...'Bunyan' is of an extreme hybrid nature, somewhere between musical and opera, between drama and farce, between entertainment and polemic...[M]uch more than just a clever work[, i]t is a deeply serious one, often quite poetic..."<BR>Opera News (4/00, p.83) - "...Hickox displays an unerring touch for the precise balance, articulation, pacing and color that will create magic, again and again. In his hands the true Britten 'voice' comes through... establishing Paul Bunyan as a worthwhile companion to his other works..."

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Benjamin Britten's first work for the stage--an operetta written in collaboration with W. H. Auden during their American sojourn in the late 1930s and early '40s--was also his most richly lyrical. Throughout the piece, Britten reaches far and wide for vernacular musical materia
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B. Britten - Britten: Paul Bunyan [CD] 09511597812 Music

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B. Britten - Britten: Paul Bunyan [CD] 09511597812 Music

B. Britten - Paul Bunyon-Comp Opera (CD NEW)


Label: Chandos
Format: CD
Release Date: 25 Jan 2000
No. of Discs: 2
UPC: 095115978122

Album Tracks

DISC 1:
1. Introduction
2. Prologue
3. First Ballad Interlude
4. Bunyan's Greeting
5. Call of Lumberjacks
6. Lumberjack's Chorus
7. Bunyan's Welcome
8. Quartet of Swedes
9. Western Union Boy's Song
10. Cooks' Duet
11. Animal Trio
12. Bunyan's Goodnight 1
13. Exit of Lumberjacks
14. The Blues - Quartet of the Defeated
15. Bunyan's Goodnight 2
16. Second Ballad Interlude
17. Food Chorus
18. Chorus Accusation
19. Slim's Song
20. Bunyan's Return
21. Inkslinger's Song
22. Entrance of Chorus
23. Tiny's Entrance
24. Tiny's Song
25. Inkslinger's Regret
26. Bunyan's Goodnight

DISC 2:
1. Bunyan's Good Morning
2. Shears's Song
3. Bunyan's Warning
4. Farmers' Song
5. Farmers' Exit
6. The Mocking of Hel Helson
7. Fido's Sympathy
8. Cats' Creed
9. The Fight
10. Love Duet
11. Mock Funeral March
12. Hymn
13. Third Ballad Interlude
14. The Christmas Party
15. Bunyan's Farewell
16. Litany

Specifications

Record Label: Chandos Records
Performer: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 3.50 x 5.00 x 0.30 Inches
Release Date: 01/11/2000
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