Notes & Reviews:
This two-disc set presents the world premiere recordings of new comic operas by John Musto and William Bolcom. The twin operas are on librettos written by Mark Campbell, and were commissioned by and composed for the excellent New York Festival of Song (NYFOS). Both operas were written for identical casts - the five singers heard on these recordings. NYFOS artistic director, Steven Blier writes: "Bill Bolcom's music for Lucrezia is exuberant and tonal, the opulent sound of desire. John Musto's musical world in Bastianello is more elusive and complex: chords often include elements of both major and minor, defying easy categorization. It is a fitting musical landscape for a piece that explores the way one moment can embrace many conflicting feelings. Lucrezia is a riotous piece where greed and deception are thwarted, and Bastianello, is a complex work in which a man learns the lesson of forgiveness." The 2-CD release comes packaged in a slipcase that contains a 112 page book with complete librettos for both operas.
"Mozart would have had a field day with this libretto, which Barcom garlands with his usual potpourri of tangos, waltzes, fandangos, habaneras, and the like. No grand profundities here, but a diverting hour of entertaining fluff, skillfully woven and nicely performed by these talented singers...Well deserved applause included."-American Record Guide
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Works DetailsMusto, John [Piano] : Bastianello, comic opera
- Performer: Paul Appleby (Voice)
- Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
Bolcom, William : Lucrezia, comic opera
- Performers: Michael Barrett (Piano); Steven Blier (Piano)
- Period Time: Contemporary