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Hartke: The Greater Good / Robertson, Worra, Abraham, et al

Audio Samples

  1. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 1: "Rouen, a Tuesday In Late February, 1871, 4 AM" $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 1: Count? (Carre-Lamadon, Count, Loiseau) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 1: I Know, I Know, You Never Want To, Girl (Coachman) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 1: Cigar? (Loiseau, Carre-Lamadon, Count, Coachman) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 1: A Lonely Street or an Alley (Loiseau, Carre-Lamadon, Count) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 1: Say, Know Why They Call Her Ice Cream? (Coachman) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 1: You Can Get In If You Want (Coachman) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 2: "Aboard the Coach, Starting Out" $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 2: There Was a Boat (Coachman) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 2: These Really Are Wonderful (The Three Wives) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 3, "Dawn": Darling, Look! (The Wives and Their Husbands) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 3: Do You Know Mme. de Vidoudet? (The Wives, Later the Nuns) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 3: Very Bad for Business, War (The Husbands, Later Cornudet) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 4: If I Were a Big Bad Wolf (Loiseau) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Inter-scene, "Noon": See Anything? (M. & Mme. Carre-Lamadon) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 5, "3 PM": Oh My God! (The Husbands and Wives, Cornudet) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 5: I Gotta Hand It to You, Girlie! (Loiseau, Boule, Cornudet, the Nuns) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 5: Gentlemen, Pardon Me (Boule, Later Loiseau and the Count) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 5: These Are the Tastes of … (The Wives, Husbands, Cornudet) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 5: Tiny Gherkins, Pickled Onions! (The Wives, Husbands, Cornudet) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 5: You Know How It Was (Boule) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 5: Someone Helped Me Out (Boule, Later the Wives and Husbands) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 5: Nothing But Snow (Coachman, Later Boule and the Others) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 5: I Think I See Lights! (Boule, the Wives and Husbands) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 6, "Arrival At Totes, 6 PM": Raus! Raus! Raus! (Prussian Officer) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 6: Come In, Come In (The Follenvies) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 6: Monsieur Follenvie! (The Follenvies) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 6: Mademoiselle Elisabeth Rousset? (Officer, Boule, Later the Count) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 6: Well, You See How Things Are (Mme. Follenvie) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 6: An Unprovoked Attack Is Barbaric! (Cornudet, Mme. Follenvie) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 7, "In the Inn, 10 PM": What a Collection! (The Loiseaus) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 7: Our Little Miss Has to Siss (Loiseau) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 7: Come to My Room (Cornudet, Boule) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act I, Scene 7: Oh Boy! (Loiseau, Later Mme. Loiseau) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act II, Scene 1: "The Inn At Totes, Wednesday, 8 AM" $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act II, Scene 1: What the Devil? (The Husbands, Cornudet) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act II, Scene 1: Yes? (Coachman, the Husbands) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act II, Scene 1: M. Follenvie! We Demand an Explanation! (The Husbands, Follenvie) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act II, Scene 2, "Later Wednesday Afternoon": I Miss My Cat (Countess) $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act II, Scene 2: This Snow. This Blasted Snow (Mme. Loiseau) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act II, Scene 2: Oh How I Wish That I Was In My House (Mme. Carre-Lamadon) $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Hartke — The Greater Good, Act II, Scene 2: Who Is It? (The Wives, Carre-Lamadon, Later the Count) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Hartke, Stephen : The Greater Good, or the Passion of Boule de Suif, opera in 2 acts
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Naxos' release of Glimmerglass Opera's production of Stephen Hartke's The Greater Good, or The Passion of Boule de Suif, is an important contribution to the archive of recorded American opera... It's to Hartke's credit that he hasn't written a light comedy. His music has enough edge and thorniness that the audience is never lulled into sympathy for any of the characters, except Boule herself, whose music reflects her expansiveness and generosity. There's a sophisticated cleverness, particularly in the light and inventive orchestration, which points up the drollery of various situations, but Hartke never writes at the level of easy humor. His text setting is basically lyrical, but seldom blossoms into full-throated bel canto melody. The cast is uniformly fine in its vivid characterizations of the individuals thrown together under such adverse circumstances. Soprano Caroline Worra, as Boule, stands out for the richness of her voice and the warmth of her portrayal. Stewart Robertson deftly leads the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra through Hartke's mercurial score." -All Music



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>Hartke, Stephen : The Greater Good, or the Passion of Boule de Suif, opera in 2 acts
  • Performers: Christine Abraham (Mezzo Soprano); Elaine Alvarez (Soprano); Christopher Burchett (Baritone); Dorothy Byrne (Mezzo Soprano); Katherine Calcamuggio; Jill Gardner (Soprano); John Haan (Voice); Seth Keeton (Bass Baritone); Liam Moran; Christian Reiner; Jeanine Thames (Soprano); Andrew Wentzel (Bass Baritone); Caroline Worra (Soprano); Matthew Worth (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stewart Robertson
  • Ensemble: Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Alice Busch Opera Theater, Cooperstown, New York, NY, Unites States (07/30/2006/08/03/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006