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Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus / Davis, BBC Singers, et al

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>Birtwistle, Harrison : The Mask of Orpheus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...In his operas, the vocal lines sit with remarkable ease on both the voice and the words with none of the chalk-on-blackboard quality that pervades so much 20th-century vocal music. His scoring is always lucid and original...Birtwistle's music [is] appealing on the first hearing and the thirtieth hearing...For all the complexity there is an immediate visceral hook that brings the listener back again and again to probe the depths of the music...go out and buy it..." -Stroy, Fanfare



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>Birtwistle, Harrison : The Mask of Orpheus
  • Performers: Stephen Allen (Tenor); Marie Angel (Soprano); Marie Angel (Soprano); Juliet Booth (Soprano); Peter Bronder (Tenor); Peter Bronder (Tenor); Philippa Dames-Longworth (Soprano); Omar Ebrahim (Baritone); Omar Ebrahim (Baritone); Nicholas Folwell (Baritone); Jon Garrison (Tenor); Elizabeth McCormack (Mezzo Soprano); Arwel Morgan (Baritone); Alan Opie (Baritone); Anne-Marie Owens (Mezzo Soprano); Anne-Marie Owens (Mezzo Soprano); Stephen Richardson (Bass); Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1973-1986
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Live