Notes & Reviews:
PentaTone presents the World Premiere recording of Gordon Getty's 'Plump Jack'. Following the pattern of literary inspiration in his song cycle 'White Election' which features the poetry of Emily Dickenson, Getty now uses as his muse Shakespeare's beloved character, Falstaff.
American Record Guide, September / October 2012
This performance, from Bavarian Radio of all places, does not make the best case for Plump Jack. Susanne Mentzer as Quickly and Robert Breault as Shallow are impressive, and so is Lester Lynch as an articulate Falstaff. Melody Moore sings sweetly as Clarence, and Nikolai Schukoff brings some ring and clarity to Hal's lines, but Christopher Robertson is too diffident and muffled as Henry IV. The orchestra plays well under Ulf Schirmer's direction, and the sound is excellent. A libretto is supplied. Some cuts are made in this "concert version", including all of Scenes 1 and 8.
We've reviewed quite a lot of Getty's music in ARG (check the index), and our critics have generally been positive. Here's another interesting recording to add to the list.
For those who enjoy Getty's music (and I am certainly one of them), this disc may very well be indispensable to your collection. For the rest, perhaps, maybe, we'll get the real, full Plump Jack and be able to fully involve ourselves in its wonderful if discursive musical intricacies.
BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
Getty's opera is stuffed with period-evoking quotations, and even this shortened 'concert-version', squeezed on to a single disc, feels long and unmemorable. But the strong cast makes a fine team.
Recording information: Studio One of the Bavarian Radio, Munich (05/2011).
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Works DetailsGetty, Gordon : Plump Jack, opera
- Conductor: Ulf Schirmer
- Ensemble: Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 11 min. 18 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary