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WHEELER, S.: Construction of Boston (The)


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WHEELER, S.: Construction of Boston (The)

The Boston Cecilia’s concert performance of Scott Wheeler’s one-act opera on 1st April, 2007, in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, was hailed with a Boston Globe headline: “CONSTRUCTION OF BOSTON is a love note to the city”. Drawing on a cast of brilliant, young, mostly Boston-based vocal artists, a chorus of established reputation in music old and new, and an outstanding orchestra comprised of first rank professional instrumentalists, Wheeler’s witty, first foray into the operatic genre got a brilliant reading under the baton of veteran conductor Donald Teeters: “Teeters led everything with remarkable sensitivity to both text and architecture” (Boston Phoenix).

Wheeler, Scott
Koch, Kenneth, lyricist(s)

  The Construction of Boston
1.   Overture 00:04:17
2.   Prologue: I am the Opera, here to explain myself (Opera) 00:05:47
3.   Hello, Sam (Henry, Sam) 00:03:49
4.   You speak of one men are not fit to know (The Spirit of Boston) 00:01:25
5.   Sea Interlude I 00:00:49
6.   Primeval Pastoral - How strange! What freshness steals across my brow (Chorus) 00:02:32
7.   Song: How happy I am now, fat as a cow (Beacon Hill) - The light summer day (Chorus) 00:00:56
8.   Hail Populator (Chorus, Rauchenberg) 00:01:19
9.   Dark afternoons in Autumn (Chorus) 00:01:18
10.   I'd almost swear that I can hear the weather (Narrator, Storm, Noon, Dawn, Rauschenberg, Chorus, Moonlight) 00:03:53
11.   And now I have to stock the city up with people (Rauschenberg, Chorus) 00:02:05
12.   Veni Tinguely Spiritus: Tinguely, Spirit of the Air (Chorus) - I am arrived! (Tinguely) 00:01:20
13.   Ah, what a lovely layout you have here! (Tinguely, Chorus) 00:01:28
14.   But now we need more space! (Tinguely) 00:02:19
15.   Boston, all that I can say is, it's grand to be a bay! (Back Bay) - Now you're the town (Chorus) 00:03:03
16.   Bay Bay, you're lucky (Tinguely) - Oh hear, how that noise (Chorus) 00:00:59
17.   Sea Interlude II 00:00:50
18.   Fairest Tinguely, we the Wharfs (Wharf Chorus, Tinguely, Water Chorus) 00:02:37
19.   See how the smiling city take its shape (Chorus, Rauschenberg, Niki) 00:02:08
20.   What this town needs is beauty (Niki, Tinguely) 00:02:11
21.   Men say she has a magic pistol (Chorus, Niki) 00:01:45
22.   I bring beauty and detail (Niki) 00:02:08
23.   She'll shoot up the city (Chorus) 00:00:47
24.   And now, at last, my time is past (Niki) 00:01:39
25.   We who feel our new creation (Chorus, Niki) 00:03:17
26.   Niki, all this city's Buildings (Tinguely, Rauschenberg, Niki) 00:01:09
27.   Now, citizens, sunset cover you (Niki, Tinguely, Rauschenberg) 00:03:19

Total Playing Time: 00:59:09

Wheeler, Scott

Koch, Kenneth

Teeters, Donald

Boston Cecilia Orchestra

Boston Cecilia Chorus

Anker, Elizabeth; Blandy, Charles; DeLoach, Marcus; Hite, William; Nafziger, Sharla; Nomura, Christopheren; River, Krista; Swistro, Christine

Label: Naxos

Series: Opera Classics

Genre: Opera

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.669018

Barcode: 0730099691826

Physical Release: 03/2008

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