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Jonathan Harvey: Wagner Dream, opera / Claire Booth, Gordon Gietz. Martyn Brabbyns

Album Summary

>Harvey, Jonathan : Wagner Dream, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Inspired by the last moments of Richard Wagner's life and his interrupted opera project Die Sieger, Jonathan Harvey's Wagner Dream centers around a Buddhist revelation given to Wagner "in the blink of an eye" with the help of librettist Jean-Claude Carrière. The drama - composed of nine scenes situated alternately in Venice at Wagner's deathbed and in India, the spot where the opera takes place in his mind - is sustained by a real-time electronic contraption that creates a link between dream and reality. In opposition to Wagner's music's expressive violence, Harvey focuses on translating the inherent humanity of the opera's characters through a delicate style that appeals to the soul rather than to the senses, rejuvenating the operatic genre by proposing a new Buddhist view of the representation of emotions onstage. Harvey's originality serves a profound spirituality and a universal thought reconciling Wagner, Buddhism, technology, operatic tradition, and the musical.

A remarkable achievement.

BBC Music Magazine
This set should win Harvey's Wagner Dream many friends.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (06/2007).


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>Harvey, Jonathan : Wagner Dream, opera
  • Performers: Claire Booth (Soprano); Richard Angas (Bass); Rebecca Davies (Voice); Jan Baljet (Baritone); Gordon Gietz (Tenor); Dale Duesing (Baritone); Trish Hayward (Voice); Rudi de Vries (Voice); Onno Pels (Voice); Elisa Roep (Voice); Matthew Best (Voice); Pascal Pittie (Voice)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Ictus Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta