Gordon/Campbell: Rappahannock County

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Gordon/Campbell: Rappahannock County



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29th April 2013




1 hour 52 minutes


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Gordon/Campbell: Rappahannock County

Gordon, R I:

Rappahannock County

Aundi Marie Moore (soprano), Faith Sherman (mezzo-soprano), Mark Walters (baritone), Matthew Tuell (tenor), Kevin Moreno (baritone), Ricky Ian Gordon (piano), Margaret Lattimore (mezzo-soprano)

Virginia Arts Festival Orchestra, Rob Fisher

Late Afternoon

Margaret Lattimore (mezzo-soprano) & Ricky Ian Gordon (piano)

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Inspired by diaries, letters, and personal accounts from the 1860s, Rappahannock County is a music-theatre work which movingly and dramatically commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The location of the Rappahannock River as a border between North and South is a metaphor for the region’s many conflicts. Performed by a cast of five singers who play over 30 rôles, the piece brings this dramatic historical period to life in songs which express the devastating impact of the Civil War on all of the people who endured it. Ricky Ian Gordon’s music has been described as ‘caviar for a world gorging on pizza’ (The New York Times), and Rappahannock County has been commended for its ‘effusiveness and accessibility’ by The Washington Post.

Gordon is yet to become a household name beyond the USA, but with its remarkably strong cast Rappahannock County is a richly expressive and fresh new work, having a global and contemporary appeal its universal messages of human suffering and survival amidst conflict and crisis. Rappahannock County was summed up by The Washington Post as the “continuation of a tradition of American works poised on the cusp of opera and Broadway (think Gershwin, Weill or Sondheim).”

Ricky Ian Gordon: Rappahannock County

Part I: Trio: Sanctified by God (Rev. Zachariah Springer) - A Noble Institution (Mrs. Laticia Saunders) - States' Rights (Jefferson Adams)

Part I: Recitative: Farewell, Old Dominion (Clement Davis)

Part I: Mine (Two Nameless Slaves)

Part I: Farewell, Old Dominion (Clement Davis)

Part I: Victory at Manassas (Telegraph Operator, Newspaper Editor, Young Wife)

Interlude No. 1

Part II: Being Small (Reuben Lark)

Part II: Making Maps (Jed Hotchkiss)

Part II: I Seen Snow (Travis Bledsoe)

Part II: Rappahannock (Two Newly Freed Slaves)

Part III: I Listen (Violet Fitzsimmons)

Part III: Bound to Be (Joe Harris)

Part III: All I Ever Known (Lily Quinn)

Part III: The Good Death (John Smith)

Interlude No. 2

Part IV: In Their Eyes (Cornelia MacDonald)

Part IV: A Fine Solution (Silas MacDuffie)

Part IV: Hallie-Ann (Grace Beaufort)

Part IV: For Love of Country (Elias Leggett)

Part IV: I Walk Away (Joshua Barnes)

Interlude No. 3

Part V: This Was Our House (Susan Johnson and Family)

Part V: Jumping the Broom (Dorothea Henry, Jones Henry)

Part V: Finale: April Will Return Again/Rappahannock (All)

Ricky Ian Gordon: Late Afternoon

I. Otherwise

II. Willi, Home

III. "X"

IV. Just Now

V. What the Living Do

VI. Let Evening Come

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