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Gene Pritsker (b.1971): Manhattan in Charcoal - A Chamber Opera / Jacob Miller, Charles Coleman, Lynn Norris

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  1. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 1: When Even the Village Feels Empty $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 1: On the Avenue of Art $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 1: The World of Imagination $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 1: Shivering $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 1: To What Are We Drinking $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 2: Outsider Art $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 2: in the Mist, Stone Cheeks Glisten $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 2: Celebrating Manhattan in Charcoal $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 2: The Pinch of Being Broke Again $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 3: Art Dealers Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 3: Just Give Me Someting That Will Sell $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 3: The Charcoal Simplicity of Our City $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 3: Just the Way I Draw $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 3: The Way That Girl Holds On To His Arm $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 4: Shoeprints in the Rain Slicked Sidewalk $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 4: Is There Someone Else $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 4: Loitering at the Tall Door of Your Heart $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Pritsker — Manhattan in Charcoal, Pt. 4: But There Is and Has Always Been Only You $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Pritsker, Gene : Manhattan in Charcoal, chamber opera
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Released on Composers Concordance records, Manhattan in Charcoal, composed by Gene Pritsker and based on a libretto by Jacob Miller, explores the life and loves of a New York City artist in the early days of the 21st c. who, despite being broke and lacking recognition, struggles to find his way, retain his integrity and, in the meantime, not go entirely crazy. In its dramatic conclusion, the triumph of Manhattan in Charcoal resonates with the unanswerable questions the opera leaves us to consider regarding art and love, and the survival and durability of both.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
The soloists are quite adequate and I enjoyed the work. It is a curious style sometimes, where the two singers join to sing something that only the one should have sung. The musical setting makes this seem coherent musically.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bunker Studio.



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Works Details

>Pritsker, Gene : Manhattan in Charcoal, chamber opera
  • Performers: Charles Coleman; Lynn Norris; Arnie Rodriguez; Doug Shapiro; Eleanor Taylor
  • Ensemble: Manhattan in Charcoal Musicians
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary