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ALDRIDGE, R.L.: Elmer Gantry [Opera] (Phares, Risley, Rideout, Kelley, Florentine Opera Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony, Boggs)

    













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ALDRIDGE, R.L.: Elmer Gantry [Opera] (Phares, Risley, Rideout, Kelley, Florentine Opera Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony, Boggs)

Set just before World War I, Sinclair Lewis’s incendiary novel Elmer Gantry tells a story of old-time religion, illicit romance and revenge. Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s operatic adaptation is a ‘marvelous amalgam of toe-tapping accessibility’ (Opera News) full of hymns, gospel songs, marches and dance, evoking the period in a score which echoes Gershwin and Copland. This all-American production combines a first-rate cast of singers and a world-class orchestra for ‘an intoxicating experience’ (The New York Times).



Disc 1

Aldridge, Robert Livingston
Garfein, Herschel, lyricist(s)

  Elmer Gantry
1.   Act I Scene 1: So she… (Elmer, Men's Chorus, Frank, Bully) 00:05:20
2.   Act I Scene 2: Who's the man among us has not battled for the Lord (Men's Chorus, Rev. Baines, Elmer, Frank, Eddie, Lulu) 00:15:07
3.   Act I Scene 3: When you hear the truth do you know it (Elmer, Frank, Lulu) 00:10:44
4.   Act I Scene 4: Vessels of service, great and small (Chorus, Ice Cream Vendor, Revival Worker, Revival Singer, Child, Sharon, Elmer, Keely Family Singers, Lulu, Frank) 00:23:02
5.   Act I Scene 5: And God said, "Build me a tabernacle!" (Sharon, T.J. Rigg, Men's Chorus, Rev. Baines, Elmer) 00:07:04
6.   Act I Scene 6: Sweetheart Eddie What are you doing (Lulu, Eddie) 00:08:07


Disc 2

Aldridge, Robert Livingston
Garfein, Herschel, lyricist(s)

  Elmer Gantry
1.   Act II: Introduction 00:00:51
2.   Act II Scene 1: Knock, knock. Here I am with the goods. (Elmer, Sharon) 00:14:36
3.   Act II Scene 2: Left, left; left, right, left. (Tour Guide, Women's Chorus, Elmer, Sharon, Frank, T.J. Rigg, Eddie, Lulu, Rev. Baines, Mrs. Baines) 00:09:44
4.   Act II Scene 3: Is belief a gift (Frank) 00:07:02
5.   Act II Scene 4: …600 lightbulbs delivered tomorrow… (Elmer, Lulu, Eddie) 00:07:40
6.   Act II Scene 5: Dear God, look into my heart (Sharon, Elmer) 00:05:06
7.   Act II Scene 6: Oh, Lordy (T.J. Rigg, Worker 1, Worker 2) 00:01:31
8.   Act II Scene 7: Oh! that my nightly watch would cease to be (Chorus, Revival Singer, Sharon, Elmer, Revival Worker, Eddie, Lulu, Mrs. Baines, Rev. Baines, T.J. Rigg) 00:19:25
9.   Epilogue: Dr. Binch. Great pleasure (Elmer, Dr. Binch, Chorus) 00:06:19

Total Playing Time: 02:21:38






Composer(s):
Aldridge, Robert Livingston

Lyricist(s):
Garfein, Herschel

Conductor(s):
Boggs, William

Orchestra(s):
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Choir(s):
Florentine Opera Chorus

Artist(s):
Blankfield, Aaron; Buck, Heather; Ehlers, Linda S.; Hardin, Julia Elise; Helm, Paul; Johnson, Scott; Johnson, William; Jones, Sarah Lewis; Kelley, Frank; Koester, Katie; Krueger, Nathan; Lau, Matthew; Ngchee, Kristin; Offenbach, Jamie; Phares, Keith; Richardson, Matthew; Rideout, Vale; Risley, Patricia; Wendt, Margaret; Wildt, Tracy

Label: Naxos

Series: Opera Classics

Genre: Opera

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.669032-33

Barcode: 730099903271

Physical Release: 07/2011

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