Corigliano, J: A Dylan Thomas Trilogy

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Corigliano, J: A Dylan Thomas Trilogy



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29th Sept 2008




66 minutes


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Corigliano, J: A Dylan Thomas Trilogy

World Première Recording

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Ty Jackson (boy soprano) & John Tessier (tenor)

Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin


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“Fern Hill is a blithe poem, yet touched by darkness; time finally holds the poet “green and dying” …Poem in October begins in Thomas’s seafront town: the poet, marking his birthday, climbs to a high hill, wherehe reflects on his youth and mulls his future … Poem on his Birthday distorts the “lamb-white days”of Fern Hill to the grotesqueries of “herons who walk in their shroud”: Poem in October’s sparkling ocean becomes a gull-haunted river Styx … Author’s Prologue – his penultimate work – was a lavish, exultant poem that bellowed with lust and life. It called for music as unusual as it was buoyant. And it offered A Dylan Thomas Trilogy the formal inevitability I always dreamed for it …" John Corigliano

“Corigliano could have made a comfortable living churning out film scores: his versatility, orchestral wizardry and fluency are undeniable.” BBC Music Magazine

“The Allen baritone is in full, eloquent form, with a ring of mature authority and faultless diction” The Financial Times

John Corigliano: A Dylan Thomas Trilogy

Author's Prologue, Part I

Part I: Fern Hill

Author's Prologue, Part II

Part II: Poem in October

Part III: Poem on His Birthday

BBC Music Magazine

December 2008


“Slatkin and his Nashville forces are persuasive advocates, and Sir Thomas Allen contributes a harrowing performance…”

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