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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: Lauren Flanigan (Soprano); Louise Marley; Gino Luchetti; Diana Huber; Fred Dent; Joachim Schneider; Paul Gudas (Tenor); Daniel Jessup; Byron Ellis (Bass Baritone); Walter MacNeil (Tenor); Gene Buchholz; Barry Johnson (Violin); Richard Zeller (Baritone); Christopher Ball (Flute); Charles Austin (Bass)
  • 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