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Fussell: Wilde / Boston Modern Orchestra

Album Summary

>Fussell, Charles : High Bridge Prelude
>Fussell, Charles : Wilde, symphony for baritone & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Charles Fussell's 'High Bridge', 'Portrait of Hart Crane' and 'Wilde' are the result of considering the lives of Hart Crane and Oscar Wilde as possible operatic subjects. Filled with complex and dramatic emotional references, both works are musical exposes of the instability and disquiet that plagued these two celebrated literary figures. 'High Bridge' portrays Crane's erratic behavior in an orchestral prelude, whereas 'Wilde' is a more extended operatic reflection on the writer's tragic life. This recording epitomizes Fussell's musical language, which is rich in extended tonalities and lyrical textures, and is beautifully rendered by BMOP and Sanford Sylvan (baritone).

"Fussell's music is essentially tonal and lyrical. Carlisle Floyd and Dominick Argento are representatives of the general style; if you enjoy that brand of American opera, you'll be right at home here. The brilliant Sanford Sylvan gives the piece an American accent (but Wilde was British!). The work is well written and entertaining.... As always, Gil Rose's group plays beautifully." - Allen Gimbel (Fanfare)
2009 Grammy Award Nominee



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Works Details

>Fussell, Charles : High Bridge Prelude
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Fussell, Charles : Wilde, symphony for baritone & orchestra
  • Performer: Sanford Sylvan
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Notes: Composition written: 1990.
  • Running Time: 36 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990