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GORDON, R.I.: Rappahannock County [Opera] (Walters, Sherman, Tuell, Moreno, Moore, Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra, Fisher)

Composer(s)Gordon, Ricky Ian
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaVocal
Catalogue 8.669028-29
Label / Series Naxos / Opera Classics
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Inspired by diaries, letters, and personal accounts from the 1860s, Rappahannock County is a music-theatre work which movingly and dramatically commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The location of the Rappahannock River as a border between north and south is a metaphor for the region’s many conflicts. Performed by a cast of five singers who play over 30 rôles, the piece brings this dramatic historical period to life in songs which express the devastating impact of the Civil War on all of the people who endured it. Ricky Ian Gordon’s music has been described as ‘caviar for a world gorging on pizza’ (The New York Times), and Rappahannock County has been commended for its ‘effusiveness and

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GORDON, R.I.: Rappahannock County [Opera] (Walters, Sherman, Tuell, Moreno, Moore, Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra, Fisher) 1:53:06   
DISC 1
  Rappahannock County          
      Part I: Trio: Sanctified by God (Rev. Zachariah Springer) - A Noble Institution (Mrs. Laticia Saunders) - States' Rights (Jefferson Adams) 8:32       
      Part I: Recitative: Farewell, Old Dominion (Clement Davis) 0:40       
      Part I: Mine (Two Nameless Slaves) 2:10       
      Part I: Farewell, Old Dominion (Clement Davis) 4:55       
      Part I: Victory at Manassas (Telegraph Operator, Newspaper Editor, Young Wife) 3:36       
      Interlude No. 1 0:29       
      Part II: Being Small (Reuben Lark) 3:03       
      Part II: Making Maps (Jed Hotchkiss) 4:18       
      Part II: I Seen Snow (Travis Bledsoe) 6:23       
      Part II: Rappahannock (Two Newly Freed Slaves) 3:08       
      Part III: I Listen (Violet Fitzsimmons) 5:10       
      Part III: Bound to Be (Joe Harris) 4:02       
      Part III: All I Ever Known (Lily Quinn) 3:31       
      Part III: The Good Death (John Smith) 4:13       
      Interlude No. 2 0:32       
      Part IV: In Their Eyes (Cornelia MacDonald) 5:07       
      Part IV: A Fine Solution (Silas MacDuffie) 4:03       
      Part IV: Hallie-Ann (Grace Beaufort) 4:48       
      Part IV: For Love of Country (Elias Leggett) 5:10       
      Part IV: I Walk Away (Joshua Barnes) 2:46       
DISC 2
  Rappahannock County          
      Interlude No. 3 0:36       
      Part V: This Was Our House (Susan Johnson and Family) 3:00       
      Part V: Jumping the Broom (Dorothea Henry, Jones Henry) 3:30       
      Part V: Finale: April Will Return Again/Rappahannock (All) 5:02       
  Late Afternoon          
      I. Otherwise 2:52       
      II. Willi, Home 2:45       
      III. "X" 4:23       
      IV. Just Now 3:13       
      V. What the Living Do 6:03       
      VI. Let Evening Come 5:06       
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