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Davis: Amistad / Davies, Young, Doss, West, Quivar, Baker, et al

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  1. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I: Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene I: Aria "The unknown is my realm" $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene II: Duet "We may yet get away" $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene II: "Lord, you cannot see" $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene II: "Ahoy there. Who are you?" $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene II: "Not just Nduo. Not just a slave" $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene II: "We, at last, have come to naught." $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene II: "I believe, sir. You should be glad for your life" $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene III: Parade I $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene III: "So these are the savages" $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene III: Aria "They yap and snap" $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene IV: Aria "They wanted a girl" $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene IV: "Chief, what will become of us?" $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene IV: Aria "The past is fading daylight" $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene IV: Parade II $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene I: "The base of his brain" $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene V: "Deep in the festering hold" $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene V: "We are grateful, sir" $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene V: "This is where the case lies" $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act I, Scene V: Aria "The greatest liberty" $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene II: Aria "The moonlight died" $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene III: "Mr. President" $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene IV: Aria "That day, each get one banana" $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene V: Sextet "We thought they came for salt" $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene V: Aria "In this white village" $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene V: Recitative "They were forced" $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene VI: Aria "They come as if from the heavens" $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene VII: "How did you come to kill?" $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene VII: "Nansi, Brer Nansi" $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene VII: Orchestral introduction to scene VIII $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene VIII: The Rebellion $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene IX: "This is a great day" $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene IX: Duet "Hush now, Translator" $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene IX: "The courts say you are free" $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Anthony Davis — Amistad, Act II, Scene IX: "The meaning is clear" $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Davis, Anthony : Amistad, opera in 2 acts
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Anthony Davis (b. 1951) has always straddled the worlds of classical music and jazz and his music has consistently sought to integrate the two in such a way as to defy facile categorizations. Amistad is an opera in two acts with full orchestra, double chorus, and an integrated jazz ensemble with trap drums that drives its motoric rhythmic flow. This recording is drawn from Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2007 world-premiere performances.

"With Amistad, a retelling of the 1839 slave ship revolt that resulted in one of the more searing legal trials and moral tests in US history, Davis' approach is at its most streamlined. While most of his score could stand alone as concert music, it still, for all its bristling rhythms, counterpoint and textures, selflessly serves Thulani Davis' pungent, no-frills libretto. This is attributable to how the composer has mastered the art of the ostinato and pens figures that are never overplayed to the point of being domineering or boorish. The result is that Davis' vocal parts, despite its twists and voltage spikes, glide over the orchestration; it also is a measure of how well conductor Dennis Russell Davies steers the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Orchestra and Chorus...Despite the exceptional efforts of the Davis cousins to create a digestible work, listening to Amistad is nevertheless a demanding proposition. This isn't background music or a soundtrack for the commute. Even though its two acts clock in just seconds over the two-hour mark, it takes several sessions to hear the opera fluently, to understand the entwined relationship between score and libretto, and to fully appreciate how the work uses this unique episode in the sordid legacy of slavery to reflect the contradictions of the American ethos. Too often, justice hangs on a technicality in the US; in this regard, it is useful to remember that the decision that freed the Africans was rendered by basically the same Supreme Court that handed down the Dred Scott decision, which did not require the chasing of escaped slaves, just their return to bondage. It is the apposition of this flawed enlightenment with the caprice of the Trickster and the wisdom of the Goddess that is at the core of what is visionary about Amistad. In his notes to Lady of the Mirrors, Anthony Davis stated that he thought of his music "in terms of an imaginative world separate from the all too real world yet complete and vital within itself." With his historical operas, he has brought the two worlds together; they tenaciously co-exist on Amistad." - Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure



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>Davis, Anthony : Amistad, opera in 2 acts
  • Performers: Kenne Anders (Voice); Mark Baker (Voice); Patrick Blackwell (Voice); Timothy Blevins (Voice); David Brewer (Voice); Gerald Burns (Voice); E. Cadet (Voice); LeVon Campbell (Voice); Brad Cresswell (Tenor); John Daniecki (Tenor); Mark Doss (Bass); Tony Drake (Voice); Andrew Funk (Voice); Paul Grizzell (Bass); Bruce Hall (Voice); Michael Hill (Voice); Gregory Johnson (Voice); Kim Jones (Voice); Kevin Kees (Voice); Philip Kraus (Marimba); Richard Markley (Tenor); Kevin Maynor (Bass); Anisha McFarland (Voice); Danny Milon (Voice); Wilbur Pauley (Bass); Eugene Perry (Baritone); Florence Quivar (Voice); Misha Royzen (Voice); William Stuckey (Voice); William Watson (Voice); Stephen West (Voice); Thomas Young (Voice)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Ensemble: Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Lyric Opera of Chicago (12/17/1997/12/20/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live