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WHEELER, S.: Construction of Boston (The)

Composer(s)Wheeler, Scott
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.669018
Label / Series Naxos / Opera Classics
Quality   320kbps
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The Boston Cecilia’s concert performance of Scott Wheeler’s one-act opera on 1st April, 2007, in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, was hailed with a Boston Globe headline: “CONSTRUCTION OF BOSTON is a love note to the city”. Drawing on a cast of brilliant, young, mostly Boston-based vocal artists, a chorus of established reputation in music old and new, and an outstanding orchestra comprised of first rank professional instrumentalists, Wheeler’s witty, first foray into the operatic genre got a brilliant reading under the baton of veteran conductor Donald Teeters: “Teeters led everything with remarkable sensitivity to both text and architecture” (Boston Phoenix).

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WHEELER, S.: Construction of Boston (The) 59:09   
  The Construction of Boston          
      Overture 4:17       
      Prologue: I am the Opera, here to explain myself (Opera) 5:47       
      Hello, Sam (Henry, Sam) 3:49       
      You speak of one men are not fit to know (The Spirit of Boston) 1:25       
      Sea Interlude I 0:49       
      Primeval Pastoral - How strange! What freshness steals across my brow (Chorus) 2:32       
      Song: How happy I am now, fat as a cow (Beacon Hill) - The light summer day (Chorus) 0:56       
      Hail Populator (Chorus, Rauchenberg) 1:19       
      Dark afternoons in Autumn (Chorus) 1:18       
      I'd almost swear that I can hear the weather (Narrator, Storm, Noon, Dawn, Rauschenberg, Chorus, Moonlight) 3:53       
      And now I have to stock the city up with people (Rauschenberg, Chorus) 2:05       
      Veni Tinguely Spiritus: Tinguely, Spirit of the Air (Chorus) - I am arrived! (Tinguely) 1:20       
      Ah, what a lovely layout you have here! (Tinguely, Chorus) 1:28       
      But now we need more space! (Tinguely) 2:19       
      Boston, all that I can say is, it's grand to be a bay! (Back Bay) - Now you're the town (Chorus) 3:03       
      Bay Bay, you're lucky (Tinguely) - Oh hear, how that noise (Chorus) 0:59       
      Sea Interlude II 0:50       
      Fairest Tinguely, we the Wharfs (Wharf Chorus, Tinguely, Water Chorus) 2:37       
      See how the smiling city take its shape (Chorus, Rauschenberg, Niki) 2:08       
      What this town needs is beauty (Niki, Tinguely) 2:11       
      Men say she has a magic pistol (Chorus, Niki) 1:45       
      I bring beauty and detail (Niki) 2:08       
      She'll shoot up the city (Chorus) 0:47       
      And now, at last, my time is past (Niki) 1:39       
      We who feel our new creation (Chorus, Niki) 3:17       
      Niki, all this city's Buildings (Tinguely, Rauschenberg, Niki) 1:09       
      Now, citizens, sunset cover you (Niki, Tinguely, Rauschenberg) 3:19       
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