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Martin: Before Night Falls / Abreu, Hall, Garcia, Mason,Illick, Fort Worth Opera

Martin,Jorge / Ftwo / Illick
Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1226/27   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jorge Martín
Performer:  Javier AbreuJanice HallJesus GarciaWes Mason,   ... 
Conductor:  Joseph Illick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fort Worth Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jorge Martín’s dramatic two-act opera, based on the writings of Cuban dissident and poet Reinaldo Arenas is giving its world premiere recording. In creating an opera from the memoir of Reinaldo Arenas, composer Jorge Martín with the help of Dolores Koch, took every step to insure accuracy, calling upon Cuban émigrés for advice, particularly for the prison and interrogation scenes. Before Night Falls transcends a specific time and place however, capturing universal themes and Martín has woven these themes into a vibrant music drama.


"Martín's opera bursts with restless passion and sustains a dark undertone of anxiety throughout. The composer skillfully
Read more draws on numerous influences, including suave Cuban dance rhythms, which are sometimes overt but more often dextrously embedded within the colorful orchestral texture. In addition, one is reminded variously of Mahler, Shostakovich, Ravel, Villa-Lobos and even Varèse (in the police raid, complete with siren), but Martín has the skill and individuality to synthesize these strands into a coherent and dramatically potent tapestry. Best of all, his melodies almost always blossom and sing, even in the extended recitative-style dialogue." -- Opera News [9/2010]
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Works on This Recording

Before Night Falls by Jorge Martín
Performer:  Javier Abreu (Tenor), Janice Hall (Soprano), Jesus Garcia (Tenor),
Wes Mason (Baritone), Seth Mease Carico (Bass), Courtney Ross (Soprano),
Jonathan Blalock (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joseph Illick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fort Worth Opera Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2003; USA 

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