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Oliver Knussen: Where the Wild Things Are & Higglety Pigglety Pop! (Libretti: M. Sendak / Glyndebourne Festival Opera; London Sinfonietta; Knussen [DVD]

Album Summary

>Knussen, Oliver : Where the Wild Things Are
>Knussen, Oliver : Higglety Pigglety Pop!
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A collaboration of one of Britain’s foremost composers, Oliver Knussen, with the vivid magical images of American artist and author, Maurice Sendak, evokes a very special form of theater – fantasy opera. The antics of young Max and his journey to the Land of the Wild Things, and Jennie, the Sealyham terrier's search for something more than everything, are set against beautifully intricate designs which adhere faithfully to the illustrations in the famous children's books by Maurice Sendak. The music is skillfully orchestrated with an unerring ability to depict fantasy characters and scenarios – a rare fusion of wit and lyricism.

Where The Wild Things Are - This delightful fantasy opera was created by Maurice Sendak from his book of the same title in collaboration with composer Oliver Knussen. Sendak's sets and costumes bring to life the huge and terrible, yet also lovable, monsters that Max, the child, conjures up in his bedroom. In his fantasy world of forest and sea, he sails to the Land of The Wild Things. "Forty minutes of aural and visual enchantment... enthralling make-believe and irresistibly potent entertainment." - The Daily Telegraph. Higglety Pigglety Pop! For Higglety Pigglety Pop! - Maurice Sendak conceived a fantastic modern fairy-tale centered around the antics of his own pet Sealyham terrier "Jennie", portrayed here by Cynthia Buchan. Bored with her luxury lifestyle, Jennie packs her bag to go on a journey of discovery. Several encounters later, she eventually finds herself starring in the gala performance of Higglety Pigglety Pop! The opera is skillfully orchestrated and is a "miracle of balance, masterly in the ease and flexibility of its dramatic processes." - The Guardian



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Works Details

>Knussen, Oliver : Where the Wild Things Are
  • Performers: Karen Beardsley; Andrew Gallacher; Hugh Hetherington; Mary King; Jeremy Munro; Stephen Rhys-Williams
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Knussen, Oliver : Higglety Pigglety Pop!
  • Performers: Cynthia Buchan; Andrew Gallacher; Rosemary Hardy; Neil Jenkins; Deborah Rees; Stephen Richardson
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live