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Hanson: Merry Mount / Schwarz, Flanigan, MacNeil, et al

Album Summary

>Hanson, Howard : Merry Mount, Op. 31
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Merry Mount is an American opera that deserves hearing; the music is exceedingly well-crafted, serious, and the dramatic structure and story are involving. Schwarz, who has recorded the suite from Merry Mount as part of his Hanson edition for Delos, is deeply dedicated to this production, and the choral singing is outstanding, particularly that by the Northwest Boychoir. Stylistically Hanson's music is very direct and wedded to the ebb and flow of the tale told, which is anything but "merry," being a dark narrative of ascetic Puritans, lusty Cavaliers, hostile Indians, star-crossed love, and demonic possession taken from Twice Told Tales of Nathaniel Hawthorne. The plot summary included in the booklet is rather dense and reproduced in tiny print; however, the opera is in clearly understandable English, so English speakers might just want to toss the book aside and listen." -All Music


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>Hanson, Howard : Merry Mount, Op. 31
  • Performers: Charles Austin (Bass); Christopher Ball (Flute); Gene Buchholz; Fred Dent; Byron Ellis (Bass Baritone); Lauren Flanigan (Soprano); Paul Gudas (Tenor); Diana Huber; Daniel Jessup; Barry Johnson (Violin); Gino Luchetti; Walter MacNeil (Tenor); Louise Marley; Joachim Schneider; Richard Zeller (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Northwest Boys' Choir
  • Notes: Seattle Center Opera House, WA (10/28/1996/10/29/1996)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1933
  • Studio/Live: Live