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Glass: Witches Of Venice

Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Orange Mountain Music   Catalog #: 31   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Philip Glass
Performer:  Alexandra MontanoJames Archie WorleyElizabeth Cassandra HoffmanPaul Haughtaling,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fantasy, adventure, magic, monsters, fairies, witches, kings and queens are all part of the world created by Caldecott Medal winning Beni Montresor and acclaimed composer Philip Glass in this children's opera-ballet that was originally created for the world's most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. The piece was based on Montresor's children's book, 'The Witches Of Venice.' Glass's most famous works are often large scale and very serious in nature. His works for the stage, screen and opera house such as 'Einstein on the Beach', 'Symphony No.6 'Plutonian Ode'' and his famous 'Koyaanisqatsi' all fit that description. So how does this composer treat this children's story based in the historical Venice of Carnival and Read more magical world of witches? Glass responds with one of his most creative scores featuring scenes that recall operatic tradition of 'The Marriage of Figaro', inventive songs, fantastical music portraying monsters and fairies, and savvy scoring which carries this whimsical story along. This story of a little boy who is looking for a little girl like him, soon finds himself escaping captors, wandering dark hallways, fleeing monsters, and ultimately, finding a friend. 'The Witches Of Venice' is a touching and charming story of adventure and friendship. Presented in a deluxe digipack containing the entire children's book with full illustrations and a page count of 40. The digipack looks like a children's book, and the CD contains the full opera-ballet. This is a product of great quality, it's very attractive, and geared to kids and adults alike. Read less

Works on This Recording

Witches Of Venice by Philip Glass
Performer:  Alexandra Montano (Voice), James Archie Worley (Voice), Elizabeth Cassandra Hoffman (Voice),
Paul Haughtaling (Voice), Kathleen Therese Egan (Voice), Amanda Riesman (Voice),
Brian Moore (Voice)

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