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David Lang: The Difficulty of Crossing a Field


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Based on a one-page story by Ambrose Bierce, "the difficulty of crossing a field" is a joint collaboration in musical theater between composer David Lang and playwright Mac Wellman that recounts, in the words of a New York Times performance review, “a strange disappearance and what the neighbors have to say about it.”Mixing arias with spoken text and emotional melodies with tense drama, the story takes place in 1854 near Selma, Alabama, where a planter named Williamson has vanished without a trace while crossing a field.This recording features the Harlem String Quartet and an A-list of New York City’s established and emerging talent in opera and theater, including Beverly O’Regan Thiele, Laquita Mitchell and Jay O. Sanders.The original production, staged in March 2002 at the Theater Artaud in San Francisco, starred Julia Migenes as the wife of Williamson, and Tony-award winning singer Anika Noni Rose as the leader of the slave chorus, with music performed onstage by the Kronos Quartet.
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Item number CA21107
Barcode 713746310721
Release date 6/9/2015
Category Opera
Label CANTALOUPE MUSIC
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist O'Regan Thiele, Beverly
Mitchell, Laquita
Conductor Kinney Frost, Douglas
Ensemble Harlem String Quartet
Disc: 1
The Difficulty of Crossing a Field01:15:00
1 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Opening 00:02:26 Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
2 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Belladonna. Th 00:08:40 Robinson, Isaiah Mitchell, Laquita O'Regan Thiele, Beverly Pringle, Mari-Yan Mitchell, Nicole Bakari, Martin Williams, Jorell Coleman, Brandon Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
3 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Interlude 1, T 00:01:40 Carrico, Cree Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
4 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Monkshood. The 00:06:22 Mitchell, Laquita Pringle, Mari-Yan Mitchell, Nicole Bakari, Martin Williams, Jorell Coleman, Brandon Sanders, Jay O. Zippi, Daniel Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
5 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Interlude 2 00:01:09 Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
6 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Poison Hemlock 00:10:48 O'Regan Thiele, Beverly Carrico, Cree Sanders, Jay O. Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
7 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Poison Ivy. Th 00:12:01 Robinson, Isaiah Mitchell, Laquita Pringle, Mari-Yan Mitchell, Nicole Bakari, Martin Williams, Jorell Coleman, Brandon Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
8 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Loco Weed. The 00:10:53 Burchett, Christopher Mitchell, Laquita Pringle, Mari-Yan Mitchell, Nicole Bakari, Martin Williams, Jorell Coleman, Brandon Sanders, Jay O. Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
9 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Interlude 3, T 00:02:22 Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
10 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Black Nightsha 00:05:00 Robinson, Isaiah Mitchell, Laquita Carrico, Cree Sanders, Jay O. Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
11 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Wordless Praye 00:01:09 Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
12 The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Foxglove. The 00:13:49 Robinson, Isaiah Mitchell, Laquita O'Regan Thiele, Beverly Pringle, Mari-Yan Mitchell, Nicole Bakari, Martin Williams, Jorell Coleman, Brandon Carrico, Cree Harlem String Quartet Kinney Frost, Douglas
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