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TAYLOR, D.: Peter Ibbetson [Opera] (Griffey, Flanigan, Zeller, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

Composer(s):Taylor, Deems
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.669016-17
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 13.98
 

 


From its triumphant, star-studded première in 1931 until 1985, Peter Ibbetson was the most-performed American opera at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The story (based on the novel by George Du Maurier) of two star-crossed lovers who secretly escape to a mystical “dream world” was immensely popular in the 1930s, and was the subject of several Hollywood films. Composer Deems Taylor—known to millions as the host of the original Disney Fantasia movie—was at that time a leading voice in American music. His lush, romantic / impressionist music and masterful dramatic timing make Peter Ibbetson a most rewarding listening experience, and a “must” for all opera fans. Rediscover an American classic with this

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Review By ,Orpheus,January 2010


8.669016-17_Orpheus_012010_gr.pdf


Review By Howard Goldstein,BBC Music Magazine,November 2009

Taylor’s blend of Debussyan harmonies and Puccinian melodrama perfectly suits George DuMaurier’s Wagnerian story of Ibbetson and his married childhood friend Mary, who can unite only in the dream world. Anthony Dean Griffey, at the beginning of his international career, and Lauren Flanagan shine as the doomed couple, and the contributions of the Seattle Symphony and Chorus are outstanding.








 

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