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Thorne: Mario And The Magician / Marshall, Et Al


Release Date: 04/25/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 832   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Francis Thorne
Performer:  Jessica GriggLarry SmallJustin VickersWendy Brown,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Marshall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Center for Contemporary Opera
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Thomas Mann's extraordinary novella Mario and the Magician was written while he was vacationing on the Baltic seacoast, hard at work on his massive novel Joseph and His Brothers. An unpleasant incident that occurred down on the beach inspired Mann to create an ominous allegory about the rise of fascism and the Nazi blight that was beginning to affect Germany at that time. American composer Francis Thorne's interest in Mario goes back to 1963, when he discussed with Mann's daughter, Elizabeth Borgese, the possibility of an opera. Permission was granted, and work began with librettist Chester Kallman, but delays forced inevitable changes. Years later, Thorne would work with J.D. McClatchy (librettist, incidentally, for Tobias Picker's Read more Emmeline [TROY284/5]). The work was premiered March 12, 1994. Thorne himself is part of that great generation of American composers born in the 1920s (others being Donald Erb, Leonard Rosenman, and the late Meyer Kupferman and Jacob Druckman) who came to prominence in the late 1940's and early 1950s, writing strongly accented music often with prominent jazz influences. Thorne's first professional job was as a jazz pianist at New York's famed Hickory House, with Duke Ellington's recommendation. He later studied with David Diamond. His output includes concertos, symphonies, chamber music and songs both "classical" and pop. He was also principal founder of the American Composers Orchestra, and has served on the boards of CRI Records, The Virgil Thomson Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. Mario and the Magician is his only opera. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Mario and the Magician by Francis Thorne
Performer:  Jessica Grigg (Mezzo Soprano), Larry Small (Tenor), Justin Vickers (Tenor),
Wendy Brown (Soprano), Beata Safari (Treble), Sankofa Sarah Wade (Treble),
Jim Gaylord (Voice), Eric Jordan (Bass), Isai Jess Muñoz (Tenor),
Leandra Ramm (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Cassell (Bass), Nathan Resika (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Marshall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Center for Contemporary Opera
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Language: English 
Notes: Composition written: USA (1991 - 1993). 

Sound Samples

Mario and the Magician: The Piazza: Beginning: Amor che langue il dor (Mario, Herr Dorn, Signor Angiolieri, Sandro, Blackshirt)
Mario and the Magician: The Piazza: Better be careful (Blackshirt, Sandro, Mario, Herr Dorn, Children, Cipolla)
Mario and the Magician: The Theater: Intermezzo: It was me! It was me! It was me! (Sandro, Cipolla, Blackshirt)
Mario and the Magician: The Theater: I'll choose as I choose (Man, Cipolla, Herr Dorn, Children, Mario, Crowd, Signora Angiolieri)
Mario and the Magician: The Theater: This way, Signor (Cipolla, Signor Angiolieri, Herr Dorn)
Mario and the Magician: The Theater: You there ... back there (Cipolla, Mario)

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