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American Highways

fri 20 mar 2020 01:00 

AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #39: William Bolcom in Linz.

 
In this episode of American Highways, we travel to Linz, Austria, with pianist Guy Livingston to hear William Bolcom’s opera McTeague, in its European premiere. Guy talks with conductor Dennis Russell Davies, publisher Evan Hause, and Bill Bolcom himself. Is this tragic opera Dadaist? Or a darker version of Broadway? Or a new genre?
Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams. 
Nonesuch Records 79101.

Playlist: 
Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.
William Bolcom, composer; Arnold Weinstein, librettist.
Excerpts from the opera McTeague:
Act I: Gold Can Kill You
Act I: Party Scene
Act II: Dead Men
Linz Bruckner Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
Private recording.

William Bolcom
"Recuerdos"
7. Chôro (Homage to Nazareth) (3:38)
8. Paseo (4:59)
9. Valse Venezolano (4:14)
Susan & Sarah Wang, pianists.
NAXOS 8.559244

William Bolcom
Cello Sonata
I. Allegro inquieto – Non troppo presto (7:23)

II. Adagio semplice (7:56)

III. Allegro assai – Steady tempo, but uneasy (3:05)
Norman Fischer, cellist; and Jeanne Kierman Fischer, pianist.
NAXOS 8.559348

William Bolcom composer; Mark Campbell, librettist
Lucrezia
3. Duet: I Do Not Know Her Name (3:06)
4. Duet: Okay, I Think I Have A Plan (1:31)
17. Duet: Come Back To Bed (5:06)
sung by Paul Appleby, Sasha Cooke, Steven Blier, Michael Barrett, and Patrick Mason.
BRIDGE RECORDS 9299 A/6

William Bolcom
Décalage
Norman Fischer, cellist.
NAXOS 8.559348

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