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Id
4301
Title
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Label name
NMC

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Reviews

The Lamentations for four voices and a consort of viols creates a haunting landscape from settings of poems by Wilfred Owen, Lorca, Hart Crane, Petrach and Georg Trakl, while Green from 2007 is a dramatic scena for strings, a clash of instrumental voices and musical ideas.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 3/31/2011

In An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge…there is no doubt that the sung passages of this remarkable work achieve real lyricism, expressiveness and a most moving intensity. The work was commissioned by the BBC as an opera for radio. Taking place during the American Civil War, it is the tragic story of Peyton Farquar, a planter from the South, who falls foul of the Yankee forces…The two male roles are taken well enough, and the Narrator…is ideally played by Gayle Hunnicutt. Jake Gardner speaks a few lines too, but when he sings he is transformed, both by the music and by his own remarkable talent, into an eloquent, passionate man whose character we can believe in and whose story moves and inspires us. The recording betrays its radio origins. Stereo spread is very wide, with some of the voices coming from extreme right and left, and sound effects such as horses hooves and gun shots evoke radio plays of the period. The recording of the orchestra and singing voice is excellent. At a little over half an hour, this is a real opera, albeit an opera like no other. It is powerful and moving and I urge readers to make its acquaintance.
William Hedley, MusicWebb International, 6/1/2011

...the chamber orchestra graphically reflecting action and fantasy plays continuously. [It] expertly balances singing, speech, orchestra and sound effects, creating a genuine musical drama for the ear. Wild Winter I...sets poems in six languages lamenting the cruelty of war, interwoven into a compelling sequence.
Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine, 6/1/2011


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