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Ricky Ian Gordon: A Coffin In Egypt / Von Stade, Myers, Houston Grand Opera

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Release Date: 06/10/2014 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1500   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ricky Ian Gordon
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade
Conductor:  Timothy Myers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Continuing its tradition of commissioning new operas, the Houston Grand Opera gives the world premiere recording of A Coffin in Egypt. Based on Texan playwright Horton Foote's single-character play, A Coffin in Egypt possesses all of the depth and lyricism of grand opera. The libretto by Leonard Foglia and music by Ricky Ian Gordon offer the essence of opera's disarming intimacy. Set in Egypt, Texas, the triple-entendre title is of symbolic significance to believers and Bible scholars, with the final reference to a literal journey taken by Myrtle, the 90-year-old character in the opera. The emotional journey of this opera takes us through our common experiences of joy, pain and the accepting peace of forgiveness. The incomparable Frederica Read more von Stade was lured out of retirement to take on the leading tour-de-force role. Read less

Works on This Recording

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A Coffin in Egypt by Ricky Ian Gordon
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Timothy Myers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra

Sound Samples

A Coffin in Egypt: It Was Him or Me (Myrtle)
A Coffin in Egypt: The Mulatto (Myrtle, Hunter)
A Coffin in Egypt: In Algiers (Myrtle, Jessie)
A Coffin in Egypt: The Open Prairie (Myrtle)
A Coffin in Egypt: Lois and Lorena (Myrtle, Hunter)
A Coffin in Egypt: Captain Lawson (Myrtle, Hunter)
A Coffin in Egypt: If I Can Only Get it Told (Myrtle, Elsie)
A Coffin in Egypt: (Myrtle)
A Coffin in Egypt: Little Brother (Myrtle, Elsie, Hunter)
A Coffin in Egypt: Iris (Red): (Clerk, Myrtle)
A Coffin in Egypt: Zechariah (Myrtle)
A Coffin in Egypt: I Live On (Myrtle)

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