Notes and Editorial Reviews
Tom Cairns’ cinematic film, made in 2001, presents Bernstein’s short opera set in 1950s America with dramatic direction and wonderful sets. Leonard Bernstein’s satire on American suburban married life stars Stephanie Novacek as Dinah and Karl Daymond as Sam facing a serious marital breakdown, from which the latest movie release – Trouble in Tahiti – seems the only escape. Inspired by jazz and American musical comedy, the score is a path-breaking fusion of lyric art with popular entertainment.
2003 d'Or de l'Annee award from Diapason magazine
Winner at the Vienna TV Awards, April 2002. The jury citation - "We were impressed by the originality and the style using archive footage intercut with the story.
Great camera work and imaginative sets."
Nominated for a 2004 Grammy - Best Long Form Music Video
Dinah: Stephanie Novacek
Sam: Karl Daymond
Gardener (trio): Tom Randle
Milkman (trio): Toby Stafford-Allen
Female (trio): Mary Hegarty
Conductor: Paul Daniel
Choreographer: Amir Hosseinpour
Director: Tom Cairns
Extra features include:
* Introduction to “Trouble in Tahiti”
* ‘Not particularly romantic’, an interview with Humphrey Burton, Leonard Bernstein’s biographer
* ‘A very testing piece’, an interview with conductor Paul Daniel
* Illustrated booklet with biographies in English, French and German.
Picture Format: NTSC 16:9
Works on This Recording
Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein
Karl Daymond (Baritone),
Stephanie Novacek (Mezzo Soprano)
City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952; USA
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