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Harbison: Full moon in March, Mirabai Songs, Exequien for Calvin Simmons / Rose, DiSimone, Baty, et al

Album Summary

>Harbison, John : Full Moon in March, opera
>Harbison, John : Mirabai Songs
>Harbison, John : Exequien for Calvin Simmons
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BMOP/Sound's latest release features John Harbison's 'Full Moon in March', an emblematic ritual-opera, the libretto of which is adapted from the poem, 'A Full Moon in March', by W.B. Yeats. Sinister and moody in its musical palette, Gil Rose skillfully leads BMOP in a tour de force performance of a great 20th Century literary work. Other pieces featured on the disc include 'Mirabai Songs', with a gripping performance by Janna Baty, and the short orchestral work 'Exequien' for Calvin Simmons.

"John Harbison's music is almost always engaging on an intellectual level-imaginative, ingeniously inventive, and distinctively orchestrated-but in spite of its essentially lyrical impulse, it can have a cold brilliance that doesn't leap out to touch the emotions. The three works recorded here, written in the late '70s and early '80s, appeal as much to the senses as to the intellect, making this one of the most attractive releases of the composer's music. It doesn't hurt that the performances by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, led by Gil Rose, and by the five vocal soloists are stellar, but Harbison has always been among the most successful contemporary composers in academia at attracting top-notch performers." - Stephen Eddins (allmusic)



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Works Details

>Harbison, John : Full Moon in March, opera
  • Performers: Lorraine Simone (Voice); Anne Harley (Soprano); James Maddalena (Baritone); Frank Kelley (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Notes: Sonic Temple, Roslindale, MA (06/12/2003-06/13/2003)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1977

>Harbison, John : Mirabai Songs
  • Performer: Janna Baty (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Notes: Composition written: 1982.
  • Running Time: 18 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1982

>Harbison, John : Exequien for Calvin Simmons
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982