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Virgil Thomson: The Mother of Us All / Osgood, Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater

Steven Osgood, Manhattan School Of Music Opera Theater
Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1486  
Composer:  Virgil Thomson
Performer:  Noragh DevlinAlexander FrankelScott RussellAddison Hamilton,   ... 
Conductor:  Steven Osgood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Opera Orchestra

Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...[Gertrude] Stein and [Virgil] Thomson’s “Four Saints in Three Acts,” a high-style hit at its début, in 1934, broke the mold. “The Mother of Us All,” which premièred at Columbia University in 1947, though, is the more beloved of the two works. Inspired by the life of Susan B. Anthony and her struggle for women’s suffrage, the fantasy cast is filled with figures from multiple phases of American history, such as Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams, and Lillian Russell, as well as people from Stein’s own life." - Russell Platt, The New Yorker, (Review of the live performance of this album.)

"...The opera remains riveting, too, in the lightness and wit of its approach to serious themes such as
Read more the struggle for women's suffrage. Preaching would soon pall, but Stein's playfulness, surprises and absurdities, like the Mozartean clockwork of so much of Virgil Thomson's all-American music, have a tonic effect, especially in their ability to keep the listener off guard. ...The student cast was notable for apt characterizations and effective timing. At its center, in the rigorous role of suffragette Anthony, stood gifted mezzo-soprano Noragh Devlin, a first-year master's-degree candidate at the school. With incisive diction and supple musical phrasing, Devlin enacted the character's dedication, wit and occasional frustration." - David J. Baker, Opera News Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Mother of us all by Virgil Thomson
Performer:  Noragh Devlin (Mezzo Soprano), Alexander Frankel (Tenor), Scott Russell (Bass),
Addison Hamilton (Soprano), Carlton Moe (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steven Osgood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
2.
The Mother of Us All: Suite by Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  Steven Osgood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan Opera Orchestra

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