Catalogue No:8669016-17 (8.669016-17) Discs:2 Release date:29th June 2009 Barcode:0730099901673 Length:2 hours 13 minutes Medium:CD (download also available)
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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 world-première recording featuring some of today’s leading opera stars.
Deems Taylor: Peter Ibbetson, Op. 20 Act I: Dear Lady, shall we dance? (Colonel Ibbetson, Mrs Deane, Mrs Glyn, Madge, Charlie, Guy, Diana) Act I: Dear Friend, what is the poem called? (Colonel Ibbetson, Mrs Glyn, Charlie, Guy) Act I: Bravo, Colonel, Bravo! (Guests, Diana, Madge, Charlie, Guy, Mrs Glyn, Mrs Deane, Colonel Ibbetson, Servant, Peter Ibbetson) Act I: I can see again the old garden at Passy (Peter, Voice of Mme Seraskier, Voice of Pasquier de la Marière, Mrs Deane) Act I: And now, do as I tell you! (Mrs Deane, Peter, Colonel Ibbetson, Servant, Mary, Duchess of Towers, Mrs Glyn, Madge, Diana, Charlie, Guy, Guests) Act I: I could never dedicate my days (Mary) Act I: What a sad fate is ours (Diana, Madge, Charlie, Guy, Mary, Peter, Mrs Deane, Colonel Ibbetson) Act II Scene 1: Par ici, monsieur (Achille, Peter, Victorine) Act II Scene 1: Monsieur, m'excusera si je garde mon chapeau (Major Duquesnois, Peter, Nurse) Act II Scene 1: Who is that lady yonder, in the carriage? (Peter, Victorine, Chorus of the Dream) Act II Scene 2: Dors, mignonne, c'est l'heure qui sonne (Voice of Mme Seraskier, Mary, Peter) Act II Scene 2: Give me your hands (Mary, Peter) Act II Scene 2: Comme un chien dans un jeu de quille (Captain Ibbetson, Mme Pasquier, Peter) Act II: Orchestral Interlude - The Storm Act II Scene 3: Par ici, Madame la Duchesse (Achille, Mary, Victorine) Act II Scene 3: You are Peter Ibbetson (Mary, Peter) Act II Scene 3: My God…Mimsey! (Peter, Mary) Act III Scene 1: I wish he would come (Mrs Glyn, Mrs Deane, Peter, Servant) Act III Scene 1: Comme un chien dans un jeu de quille (Colonel Ibbetson, Peter, Mrs Glyn, Mrs Deane) Act III Scene 2: Is it time? (Peter, Chaplain) Act III Scene 2: Is the Chaplain there? (Mrs Deane, Peter, the Prison Governor, Chaplain) Act III Scene 3: En revenant d'Auvergne (Chorus of the Dream, Peter) Act III Scene 3: She does not hear! (Peter, Mary) Act III Scene 4, Epilogue: How is he tonight? (Mrs Deane, Turnkey, Peter) Act III Scene 4, Epilogue: Beloved… Mimsey! Mimsey! (Mary, Peter, Chorus of the Dream) Reviews
“There's nothing quite like it in the repertoire (though Taylor clearly had modern influences, and glimmers of Debussy sometimes come through). There's plenty of curiosity value and a committed cast”