Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

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Birtwistle's awe-inspiring masterpiece is a key work in the development of post-war opera, groundbreaking in its fusion of music, song, drama, myth and electronics.

Peter Zinovieff librettist

Orpheus:
The Man Jon Garrison tenor
The Myth/Hades Peter Bronder tenor

Euridice:
The Woman Jean Rigby mezzo soprano
The Myth/Persephone Anne-Marie Owens mezzo soprano

Aristaeus:
The Man Alan Opie baritone
The Myth/Charon Omar Ebrahim baritone
The Oracle of the Dead/Hecate Marie Angel soprano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Singers
Andrew Davis & Martyn Brabbins conductors

Electronic material realised by Barry Anderson in association with IRCAM

AUDIO

REVIEWS

GRAMOPHONE AWARD - BEST CONTEMPORARY RECORDING 1998

'Music of utterly compelling beauty and sheer elemental force' The Independent

'This has to be one of the most important recording events of the decade' The Sunday Times

'A landmark recording of a contemporary operatic masterpiece' Classic CD

FUNDERS

The Mask of Orpheus was commissioned by English National Opera with the help of funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain and the RVW Trust.
Produced in collaboration With the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

 

RECORDING CREDITS

Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall , London on 11-12 April 1996
Remixed and edited at the BBC Studios, Maida Vale, London by Neil Pemberton, Ian Dearden, and Colin Matthews

Balance engineer: Neil Pemberton
Sound supervisor: Ian Dearden
Producer: Ann McKay

(P) & (c) 1997 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC D050
Release Date: 1 November 1997