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Menotti: Martin's Lie, Five Songs, Etc / Richard Hickox


Release Date: 04/21/1998 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9605   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gian Carlo Menotti
Performer:  Pamela Helen StephenBen DixonLuke JohnsonAlan Opie,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern SinfoniaTees Valley Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giancarlo Menotti is quintessentially a theater composer. 'Martin's Lie,' like the more famous 'Amahl and the Night Visitors,' is a television commission that is now more frequently performed as a church opera. Telling the story of Martin, a young boy who lives in a church orphanage, the opera illuminates Menotti's moral, that love transcends the sin of a small lie.
A fleeing heretic pleads with Martin to hide him, and in the process convinces the child he is the boy's father. During the subsequent action, Martin withstands appeals to fear (the sheriff) and piety (the priest), and dies without revealing the hiding place of the stranger. The work ends with the assembled cast praying for Martin's soul. The effect is simple, moving,
Read more and, typical of Menotti, very direct. Alan Opie gives an especially moving performance as the fleeing heretic, but the all British cast does very well by Menotti.
The two groups of songs nicely illustrate the differences in Menotti's setting of his two principal languages (English and Italian). The Italian set, written for Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, is particularly well performed. This is an important example of Menotti's work other than the often-recorded 'Amahl' or 'The Medium.' Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Martin's Lie by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen (Mezzo Soprano), Ben Dixon (Treble), Luke Johnson (Treble),
Alan Opie (Baritone), Robin Leggate (Tenor), Connor Burrowes (Treble),
Matthew Best (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Tees Valley Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964 
Language: English 
2.
Canti della lontananza by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performer:  Judith Howarth (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Language: Italian 
3.
Songs (5) by Gian Carlo Menotti
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Robin Leggate (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Martin's Lie: So he touched the first door (Naninga)
Martin's Lie: Open, open! (Fugitive)
Martin's Lie: You filthy blackgaurds (Sheriff)
Martin's Lie: Martin my boy (Father Cornelius)
Martin's Lie: I've had enough of this (Sherrif)
Martin's Lie: Heavenly Father (Ninga, Children , Father Cornelius)
5 Songs: No. 1. The Eternal Prisoner
5 Songs: No. 2. The Idle Gift
5 Songs: No. 3. The Longest Wait
5 Songs: No. 4. My Ghost
5 Songs: No. 5. The Swing
Canti della lontananza: I. Gli amanti impossibili
Canti della lontananza: II. Mattinata di neve
Canti della lontananza: III. Il settimo bicchiere di vino
Canti della lontananza: IV. Lo spettro
Canti della lontananza: V. Dorme Pegaso
Canti della lontananza: VI. La lettera
Canti della lontananza: VII. Rassegnazione

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