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MacMillan: Clemency


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Clemency, a chamber opera for five singers and string orchestra in one act; composed 2009-10 and the third operatic collaboration between composer James MacMillan and poet Michael Symmons Roberts to date – is a work exploring a central but enigmatic Old Testament episode. The composer has commented that Clemency is set in the present day and ‘is not intended as an old Hollywood style Biblical drama. Abraham and Sarah are modern people who are visited by three strange but modern figures that, it turns out, have something terroristic about them. There is something of the ancient and the modern in the piece; the ancient, Biblical tale but also the kinds of thing people face today in many parts of the world.’ For the first U.S. production and its world premiere recording, Boston Lyric Opera, with the approval of both composer and librettist, decided to introduce the figure of Hagar, servant to Sarah but also the mother of Abraham’s first child, Ishmael. This is done by incorporating a version of Schubert’s early song Hagar’s Lament as a prelude to this opera, challenging us to measure the impact of our lives in a modern world that continues to be marked politically and spiritually by acts of mercy and acts of vengeance.
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Item number BIS-2129
Barcode 7318590021293
Release date 10/14/2014
Category Opera
Label BIS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Abraham, Christine
Ferreira, Neal
Hodgdon, Brett
Kravitz, David
Levine, Samuel
McFerrin, David
Trainor, Michelle
Conductor Angus, David
Orchestra Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra
Disc: 1
Clemency00:58:55
1 Clemency: Introduction. Abraham's Chant 00:01:19 Kravitz, David Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra Angus, David
Hagars Klage (Hagar's Lament), D. 5 (arr. D. Angus00:14:37
2 Hagars Klage, D. 5 (Hagar's Lament) 00:14:37 McFerrin, David Trainor, Michelle Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra Angus, David Hodgdon, Brett
Clemency00:58:55
3 Clemency, Scene 1: Abraham's Chant. O Lord, who se 00:04:29 Kravitz, David Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra Angus, David
4 Clemency, Scene 1: What is the measure of our year 00:01:55 Abraham, Christine Kravitz, David Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra Angus, David
5 Clemency, Scene 2: No-one can walk far in this hea 00:07:23 Abraham, Christine Kravitz, David McFerrin, David Ferreira, Neal Levine, Samuel Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra Angus, David
6 Clemency, Scene 2: Gold has lost its light 00:05:06 McFerrin, David Ferreira, Neal Levine, Samuel Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra Angus, David
7 Clemency, Scene 2: Chant of the Travellers- Who ar 00:06:12 Abraham, Christine Kravitz, David McFerrin, David Ferreira, Neal Levine, Samuel Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra Angus, David
8 Clemency, Scene 2: Three strangers bring a gift to 00:06:07 Abraham, Christine Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra Angus, David
9 Clemency, Scene 3: Who are you? 00:04:01 Abraham, Christine Kravitz, David McFerrin, David Trainor, Michelle Ferreira, Neal Levine, Samuel Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra Angus, David
10 Clemency, Scene 4: And the good? 00:04:38 Abraham, Christine Kravitz, David McFerrin, David Ferreira, Neal Levine, Samuel Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra Angus, David
11 Clemency, Scene 5: Sarah's Lament. Months from now 00:02:23 Abraham, Christine Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra Angus, David
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