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John Harbison: The Great Gatsby Suite; Darkbloom / Mary Mackenzie, soprano; Albany SO

Album Summary

>Harbison, John : The Great Gatsby Suite
>Harbison, John : Darkbloom
>Harbison, John : Closer to My Own Life, for mezzo-soprano & chamber orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Albany Symphony conducted by David Alan Miller offers a recording of major works by the illustrious American composer John Harbison. The Great Gatsby Suite comes from Harbison's opera and concentrates on the instrumental music. Darkbloom: Overture for an imagined opera comes from material for an opera project that Harbison decided not to continue. The newest work on the recording, Closer to My Own Life, uses texts extracted from stories written by Alice Munroe, Harbison's favorite prose writer. Acclaimed soprano Mary Elizabeth Mackenzie joins Maestro Miller and the Albany Symphony for this work.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
John Harbison's 1998 opera The Great Gatsby has had numerous arrangements of its music made by the composer. This suite (2007) deals with music not in his previous collections (which had the overture, arias etc.) and is based on the instrumental music (stage and radio band sequences and orchestral interludes). Darkbloom (2004), subtitled 'Overture for an Imaginary Opera', comes from sketches for an opera project the composer "chose not to continue". Closer to My Own Life (2011) is excerpts from Alice Munro's autobiographical short story collection A View from Castle Rock (2006). The cycle is essentially short operatic scenes with the author herself as the main character.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: EMPAC Concert Hall, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, T.



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Works Details

>Harbison, John : The Great Gatsby Suite :: Allegro Moderato
  • Conductor: David Miller
  • Ensemble: Albany Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Harbison, John : The Great Gatsby Suite :: Quarter note = 80, frenetico
  • Conductor: David Miller
  • Running Time: 14 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Harbison, John : Darkbloom :: Overture for an Imagined Opera, for orchestra
  • Conductor: David Miller
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Harbison, John : Closer to My Own Life, for mezzo-soprano & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Mary MacKenzie (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Miller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011