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Britten: Paul Bunyan / Brunelle, Plymouth Music Series


Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 90710   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Elisabeth Comeaux NelsonMerle FristadDan DressenClifton Ware,   ... 
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plymouth Music Series OrchestraPlymouth Music Series Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

[I]f you are looking for a truly ‘American’ Paul Bunyan, Philip Brunelle’s Plymouth Music Series version of 1988 (Virgin) is the one. His richly resonant James Lawless plays Paul Bunyan as Hollywood superhero... And Pop Wagner’s ballad interludes, recorded with his guitar up close, really sound like popular folk ballads, complete with southern drawl... Balance is expertly managed in Brunelle’s recording, which fairly zips along, with sharp rhythms, tight, bright ensemble and a consistency of accent.

-- BBC Music Magazine

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Philip Brunelle's conducting catches the slightly brash, transatlantic spirit of the piece, and a good deal of its poetic charm too.

-- Andrew Clements,
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Works on This Recording

1.
Paul Bunyan, Op. 17 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Elisabeth Comeaux Nelson (Soprano), Merle Fristad (Bass), Dan Dressen (Tenor),
Clifton Ware (Tenor), Vern Sutton (Tenor), James Lawless (Spoken Vocals),
Pop Wagner (Baritone)
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plymouth Music Series Orchestra,  Plymouth Music Series Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Language: English 

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