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American Opera Classics - Taylor: Peter Ibbetson / Schwarz, Griffey, Flanigan, et al

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  1. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act I: Dear Lady, Shall We Dance? (Colonel Ibbetson, Mrs Deane, Mrs Glyn, Madge, Charlie, Guy, Diana) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act I: Dear Friend, What Is the Poem Called? (Colonel Ibbetson, Mrs Glyn, Charlie, Guy) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act I: Bravo, Colonel, Bravo! (Guests, Diana, Madge, Charlie, Guy, Mrs Glyn, Mrs Deane, Colonel Ibbetson, Servant, Peter Ibbet $0.99 on iTunes
  4. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act I: I Can See Again the Old Garden At Passy (Peter, Voice of Mme Seraskier, Voice of Pasquier de la Marière, Mrs Deane) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act I: And Now, Do As I Tell You! (Mrs Deane, Peter, Colonel Ibbetson, Servant, Mary, Duchess of Towers, Mrs Glyn, Madge, Dian $0.99 on iTunes
  6. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act I: I Could Never Dedicate My Days (Mary) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act I: What a Sad Fate Is Ours (Diana, Madge, Charlie, Guy, Mary, Peter, Mrs Deane, Colonel Ibbetson) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act II, Scene 1: Par Ici, Monsieur (Achille, Peter, Victorine) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act II, Scene 1: Who Is That Lady Yonder, in the Carriage? (Peter, Victorine, Chorus of the Dream) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act II, Scene 2: Give Me Your Hands (Mary, Peter) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act II, Scene 2: Comme un Chien Dans un Jeu de Quille (Captain Ibbetson, Mme Pasquier, Peter) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act II: Orchestral Interlude - the Storm $0.99 on iTunes
  13. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act II, Scene 3: Par Ici, Madame la Duchesse (Achille, Mary, Victorine) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act II, Scene 3: You Are Peter Ibbetson (Mary, Peter) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act II, Scene 3: My God…Mimsey! (Peter, Mary) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act III, Scene 1: I Wish He Would Come (Mrs Glyn, Mrs Deane, Peter, Servant) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act III, Scene 1: Comme un Chien Dans un Jeu de Quille (Colonel Ibbetson, Peter, Mrs Glyn, Mrs Deane) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act III, Scene 2: Is It Time? (Peter, Chaplain) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act III, Scene 2: Is the Chaplain There? (Mrs Deane, Peter, the Prison Governor, Chaplain) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act III, Scene 3: She Does Not Hear! (Peter, Mary) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act III, Scene 4, Epilogue: How Is He Tonight? (Mrs Deane, Turnkey, Peter) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. D. Taylor — Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20, Act III, Scene 4, Epilogue: Beloved… Mimsey! Mimsey! (Mary, Peter, Chorus of the Dream) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Taylor, Joseph Deems : Peter Ibbetson, opera, Op. 20
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

From its triumphant, star-studded premiere in 1931 until 1985, 'Peter Ibbetson' was the most-performed American opera at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The story (based on the novel by George Du Maurier) of two star-crossed lovers who secretly escape to a mystical "dream world" was immensely popular in the 1930s, and was the subject of several Hollywood films. Composer Deems Taylor - known to millions as the host of the original Disney 'Fantasia' movie - was at that time a leading voice in American music. His lush, romantic / impressionist music and masterful dramatic timing make 'Peter Ibbetson' a most rewarding listening experience, and a "must" for all opera fans. Rediscover an American classic with this world-premiere recording featuring some of today's leading opera stars.



Reviews

A Major 20th Century American Opera-The Gap Finally Filled
A MAJOR 20th CENTURY AMERICAN OPERA THE GAP FINALLY FILLED Review by Jerry Fink Deems Taylor was a major American music critic and composer best remembered for two operas, The Kings Henchman and Peter Ibbetson ; and, his live appearance in the Disney feature film Fantasia . Peter Ibbetson has been considered one of the signature operas of the American traditionalist school of the 1920s and 30s. The work was commissioned by Gatti-Casazza for the Metropolitan Opera and premiered February 1931. It was a box-office success and ran between 1931 and 1936 giving the Met a needed financial shot in the arm in the bowels of the Depression. The plot of the opera was taken from George Du Mauriers novel of the same name. The timeline of the story is roughly a thirty year period between 1855 and 1887. The action takes place in both England and France with most of the French scenes sung in French and the English scenes sung in English. Peter and Mary are the adult counterparts of two children ( Gogo and Mimsey ) who grew up as children in France as very good and trusted friends . As the plot continues, their adult relationship with each other becomes more defined and, of course, more complicated. Since Mary is married, Peter will not be able to fulfill his desire for a complete relationship with the woman he loves. His relationship with his Uncle has been and continues to be unbearable. When Peter finds out that his Uncle has told others that he is really Peters father, Peters anger culminates in killing his Uncle. Peter ends up in prison, with his death sentence commuted to life in prison. Peters only solace in life is reflected in two large dream scenes (one each in acts two and three). His love for Mary can only be totally fulfilled when he dreams true. Thirty years pass. Peter is informed by his old and dear friend Mrs. Deane that Mary has passed away. As Peter lies dying, Mary appears as a spirit beckoning Peter to come with her. He dies and the opera ends with a chorus greeting a new and more beautiful day. The sound of Taylors music is quite beautiful throughout. The orchestra is the main protagonist and plays continuously. The vocal writing is mainly declamatory with a few important arias and ensembles sprinkled appropriately throughout the work. Wagner, Massenet, Debussy, R. Strauss, Delius, and even Henry Hadley can be heard here, but in the end this is the work of an American independent musical voice. To me, the best music is found in the two dream sequences. The singers are all up to the task and I couldnt hear any glaring mistakes throughout the performance(s) of April 29th and May 1st, 1999. Anthony Dean Griffey as Peter and Lori Summers as Mrs. Deane stand out for me as giving the best performances. Gerard Schwarz obviously loves this music and prepared these performances extremely well. His knowledge of the musical idiom is flawless and the orchestra and chorus are superb. The sound is excellent for a live pick up and audience noise is minimal. The liner notes and synopsis are splendidly written by James Pegolotti. The artist bios are comprehensive. The complete libretto is available from the Naxos website with the French translations in red.
Submitted on 09/14/09 by ProfessorJF 
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>Taylor, Joseph Deems : Peter Ibbetson, opera, Op. 20
  • Performers: Charles Austin (Bass); Gene Buchholz; Lauren Flanigan (Soprano); Anthony Griffey (Tenor); Carolyn Gronlund (Mezzo Soprano); Paul Gudas (Tenor); Barry Johnson (Violin); Emily Lunde (Mezzo Soprano); John Obourn; Terri Richtor (Soprano); Eric Stark; Lori Summers; Richard Zeller (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Chorus
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle (04/29/1999/05/01/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live