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Jack Body (b.1944): Poems of Love and War / David Greco, baritone & countertenor; Budi Surasa Putra, Javanes vocalist; Robert Easting, narrator

Album Summary

>Body, Jack : Arias (3) from "Alley," for baritone, countertenor & orchestra
>Body, Jack : My Name is Mok Bhon, for voice & orchestra
>Body, Jack : Palaran
>Body, Jack : Meditations on Michelangelo, for violin & string orchestra
>Body, Jack : Poems of Solitary Delights, for narrator, voice & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jack Body is one of New Zealand's leading composers. His fascination with Asian traditional music has had a profound impact on music which often tells 'dark stories of repression and unjust political imprisonment' (New Zealand Listener). Body's opera Alley tells the extraordinary life of Rewi Alley, whose powerful experiences in China are reflected in these specially orchestrated arias. Palaran: Poems of Love and War draws on the subtleties of Javanese gamelan and traditional vocal styles, while Poems of Solitary Delights gives a musical context to Japanese poet Tachibana Akemi's light-hearted meditations on solitary pleasures. In contrast My Name is Mok Bhon references Cambodian traditional music to express the trauma and anguish of the Khmer Rouge years.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (04/28/2011-04/30/2011).



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>Body, Jack : Arias (3) from "Alley," for baritone, countertenor & orchestra
  • Performer: David Greco (Voice)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Young
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (04/28/2011-04/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2010

>Body, Jack : My Name is Mok Bhon, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Somara Ouk (Voice)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Young
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (04/28/2011-04/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Body, Jack : Palaran :: Poems of Love and War, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Budi Putra (Voice)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Young
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (04/28/2011-04/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Body, Jack : Meditations on Michelangelo, for violin & string orchestra
  • Performer: Martin Riseley (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Young
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (04/28/2011-04/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Body, Jack : Poems of Solitary Delights, for narrator, voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Amitai Pati
  • Conductor: Kenneth Young
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (04/28/2011-04/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985