Release date:16th July 2012
Medium:SACD (download also available)
Lester Lynch (Falstaff), Melody Moore (Boy/Clarence), Suzanne Mentzer (Hostess - 'Nell Quickly'), Nikolai Schukoff (Hal), Lester Lynch, Christopher Robertson (Henry IV/Pistol), Robert Breault (Shallow/Fat Captain), Diana Kohrig (First Traveller), Bruce Ramkar (Warwick), Nathaniel Webster (Bardolph/Chief Justice), Chester Patton (Davy)
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer
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This opera is based on the character Plump Jack, featured in Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V.
In the third scene Getty uses some of the music and words from Henry V’s coronation.
Getty’s aim is to “touch the heart” with the same directness as a film score.
Gordon Getty: Plump Jack
Act I: Overture
Act I Scene 2: Hal's Memory (Henry IV, Hal)
Act I Scene 3: Gad's Hill (Falstaff, Hal, Boy, 1st Traveler, 2nd Traveler, Bardolph, Pistol)
Act I Scene 4: Clarence (Henry IV, Chief Justice, Clarence)
Act I Scene 5: Boar's Head Inn (Falstaff, Hal, Hostess, Boy, Pistol, 1st Captain, 2nd Captain)
Act II Scene 6: Shallow's Orchard (Shallow, Falstaff)
Act II Scene 7: Jerusalem (Clarence, Chief Justice, Henry IV, Warwick, Hal, Chorus)
Act II Scene 9: Pistol's News (Davy, Falstaff, Bardolph, Shallow, Pistol, Chorus)
Act II Scene 10: Banishment (Hostess, Bardolph, Pistol, Boy, Shallow, Falstaff, Henry V (Hal), Chorus)
Act II Scene 11: Muse of Fire (Pistol, Boy, Hostess, Shallow, Bardolph, Davy, Henry V (Hal), Chorus)
Act II Scene 12: Off to War (Pistol, Boy, Shallow, Bardolph, Davy, Hostess, Chorus)
“Getty's opera is stuffed with period-evoking quotations, and even this shortened 'concert-version', squeezed on to a single disc, feels long and unmemorable. But the strong cast makes a fine team.”