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Kevin Mallon
La Scena Musicale, November 2002

"The vocal writing is reminiscent of Berg or Strauss. The orchestra depicts the many climaxes of the storm. This is extraordinary writing showing the composer has command of a wide range of colours and expression. Recorded live at the Th‚ƒtre du Chƒtelet in Paris, this is featured as part of a Naxos cycle entitled 21st Century Classics. 60th Parallel is thought provoking. It is an intellectual masterpiece that will set the standard for opera in the 21st century."

Andrew Clements
BBC Music Magazine, February 2001

"Philipppe Manoury's 60th Parallel, about a group of passengers stranded in an airport on the 60th parallel by a storm, is a tightly woven piece with a bleak denouement and a score that melds electronical sounds and the live orchestra in his characteristically adept way. The main musical interest lies in these layered sonorities, for much of the text is declaimed rather than sung, and the effect is of a series of dislocated confrontations, played out against the background of the raging storm outside, which in many ways is the main protagonist of the work."

Stephen Pettit
, October 2000

"PHILIPPE MANOURY's thriller-opera, recorded live in 1997, is set in a remote airport lounge during a fierce winter storm. (Odd that it should have been composed so near in time to Jonathan Dove's Flight.) The passengers are a curious collection. One, whom we never hear, is murdered by a fugitive war criminal, Wim Kosowitch, but has been noticed by the latter's pursuer, Rudy Link. Their fellow travelers include an academic in possession of Einstein's brain and a lovelorn woman. Manoury's music, which includes sporadic but effective electronic matter and elements of parody (heavy metal, Ravel's La Valse), is modernist-expressionist. Fine performances, especially from Donald Maxwell as Link and Jean-Pilippe Courtis as Kosowitch."

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