Notes & Reviews:
Gordon Getty has based his opera on Edgar Allan Poe's macabre work "The Fall of the House of Usher," the novel widely considered Poe's most famous work of prose and a masterpiece of American Gothic literature. Getty's music, while accessible, reflects these Gothic themes twofold in his unsettling, tense score. This is a world premiere recording.
American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The performance, recorded in Lisbon, is quite good. German tenor Elsner sings excellent English and takes advantage of the few opportunities to let his voice ring out. Dupuis's high baritone is a pleasure to hear, and his words are always clear. Ens's mellow bass is just right for the sinister doctor. Pentatone's sound is excellent. A libretto is supplied.
Recording information: Grande Auditório of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (09/2011).
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Works DetailsGetty, Gordon : Usher House, opera
- Performer: Christian Elsner
- Conductor: Lawrence Foster
- Ensemble: Orquestra Gulbenkian
- Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Opera/Operetta