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Chisholm: Simoon (Live)


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The Simoon- the violent, hot wind that blows in the North African desert- gives its name to August Strindberg’s psychological drama, published in 1889 and later described by the Glaswegian composer Erik Chisholm as ‘exciting and frightening’. Third in a triptych of operas which the composer wrote after his move to South Africa in the late 1940s, his adaptation of Strindberg’s play evokes the desert setting through a blend of the Hindustani scales he had studied in wartime India and a skillful use of free twelve-tone technique, but was never performed with orchestra in his own lifetime. Restored here to full color, this terrifyingly compact fifty-minute work reveals Chisholm’s ability to create music of extraordinary sensuality in which the senses are hideously deceived, the intense exoticism both beautiful and a parody of its own beauty. Psychologically brutal, its sensuality feeds upon death, whil its subject matter was as thoroughly topical in its own time as it is resonant today, turning as it does on a confrontation between faiths and on the consequences of colonial aggression. Simoon presents no easy answers, but this brave work gives powerful expression to powerful emotions and beliefs; it is an undoubted twentieth-century masterpiece.
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Item number DCD34139
Barcode 801918341397
Release date 11/18/2016
Category Opera
Label DELPHIAN
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Irwin, Jane
Sheffield, Philip
Thantrey, Damian
Drummond, Charlie
Conductor Ryan, Ian
Ensemble Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland
Disc: 1
Simoon00:49:00
1 Simoon, Scene 1: Introduction (Live) 00:03:44 Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
2 Simoon, Scene 1: La ilaha illa’llah! (Live) 00:03:13 Sheffield, Philip Irwin, Jane Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
3 Simoon, Scene 1: Biskra! Do You Still Know How to 00:01:18 Sheffield, Philip Irwin, Jane Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
4 Simoon, Scene 1: Ever Since My Eyes First Fell Upo 00:01:39 Sheffield, Philip Irwin, Jane Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
5 Simoon, Scene 1: I Am Going Now to Sleep Beside th 00:02:02 Sheffield, Philip Irwin, Jane Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
6 Simoon, Scene 1: My Eyes Are Already Beginning to 00:04:01 Sheffield, Philip Irwin, Jane Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
7 Simoon, Scene 2: The Simoon Is Here (Live) 00:02:36 Irwin, Jane Thantrey, Damian Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
8 Simoon, Scene 2: That Was the Dog That Bit You! (L 00:03:13 Irwin, Jane Thantrey, Damian Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
9 Simoon, Scene 2: Biskra, Biskra, Biskra, Simoon, S 00:03:28 Sheffield, Philip Irwin, Jane Thantrey, Damian Drummond, Charlie Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
10 Simoon, Scene 2: I Am Ali the Guide (Live) 00:04:53 Irwin, Jane Thantrey, Damian Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
11 Simoon, Scene 2: I Hear the Murmuring of a Spring 00:03:26 Irwin, Jane Thantrey, Damian Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
12 Simoon, Scene 2: What Do You See Now? (Live) 00:05:37 Irwin, Jane Thantrey, Damian Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
13 Simoon, Scene 2: Now You Are Dying, Frank (Live) 00:02:06 Irwin, Jane Thantrey, Damian Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
14 Simoon, Scene 2: Can You Hear the Drums? (Live) 00:01:57 Irwin, Jane Thantrey, Damian Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
15 Simoon, Scene 2: Yes, You Are Dead! (Live) 00:01:53 Irwin, Jane Thantrey, Damian Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
16 Simoon, Scene 3: Simoon! Simoon! (Live) 00:03:20 Sheffield, Philip Irwin, Jane Thantrey, Damian Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland Ryan, Ian
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