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Thea Musgrave: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge / Jake Gardner, baritone

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>Musgrave, Thea : An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, radio opera
>Musgrave, Thea : Green, for 12 strings
>Musgrave, Thea : Wild Winter 1, lamentations for voices & viols

Album Summary

>Musgrave, Thea : An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, radio opera
>Musgrave, Thea : Green, for 12 strings
>Musgrave, Thea : Wild Winter 1, lamentations for voices & viols
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Guardian
Musgrave claims it was conceived as a fully fledged opera and not as "a play with incidental music". But that isn't how it comes across in this recording, taken from the original BBC tapes...Musgrave's accomplished music is much better served by the other two works here, which link to the opera through their connections with conflict in its widest sense.

BBC Music Magazine
As the victim, Jake Gardner is heroic and ardent, if not ideally lyrical; the London Sinfonietta, under Musgrave herself, plays with razor-sharp precision. The original 1981 studio broadcast (produced by Veronica Slater, who shoudl ahve been credited in the booklet) experty balances singing, speech, orchestra and sound effects, creating a genuine musical drama for the ear.

International Record Review
The ear for instrumental colour [in Owl Creek Bridge] really is remarkable, the more so since it is generally discreet...Musgrave sets [the texts in Wild Winter I] in what one might call an animated ritual, as if the human voies are caught up in something much bigger than them, something they can't control...the atmospheric music on this disc deserves your attention.



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Works Details

>Musgrave, Thea : An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, radio opera
  • Performers: Jake Gardner (Baritone); Thea Musgrave (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thea Musgrave
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 30 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1981

>Musgrave, Thea : Green, for 12 strings
  • Performer: Thea Musgrave (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble
  • Running Time: 13 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2007

>Musgrave, Thea : Wild Winter 1, lamentations for voices & viols
  • Performer: Thea Musgrave (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thea Musgrave
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 17 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993