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Jake Heggie: The Radio Hour

Heggie / Graham / Pacific Symphony
Release Date: 10/09/2015 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3484   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jake Heggie
Performer:  Denean DysonRicardo V. McKillipsSusan Graham
Conductor:  John AlexanderDavid Clemensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony OrchestraJohn Alexander Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Radio Hour – the world’s first-ever “choral opera” – is a compact work for silent actress, with running narrative and commentary from a choir. The program is rounded out with four mostly art song-based works in varied arrangements, several with choral elements.

The vaunted John Alexander Singers perform brilliantly. It is Alexander, the conductor here, who originally suggested the idea of a pioneering choral opera to Heggie. Susan Graham, one of America’s most beloved mezzo-sopranos, is heard in three of the shorter pieces; Pacific Symphony members provide deft instrumentals.
The Radio Hour – the world’s first-ever “choral opera” – is a compact work for silent actress, with running narrative and commentary from a choir. The program is rounded out with four mostly art song-based works in varied arrangements, several with choral elements.

The vaunted John Alexander Singers perform brilliantly. It is Alexander, the conductor here, who originally suggested the idea of a pioneering choral opera to Heggie. Susan Graham, one of America’s most beloved mezzo-sopranos, is heard in three of the shorter pieces; Pacific Symphony members provide deft instrumentals.
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Radio Hour, opera in one act for soloists, chorus & orchestra by Jake Heggie
Performer:  Denean Dyson (Voice), Ricardo V. McKillips (Voice)
Conductor:  John Alexander,  David Clemensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra,  John Alexander Singers
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014 
Date of Recording: 05/20/2014 
Venue:  Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall 
Length: 38 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
I shall not live in vain by Jake Heggie
Performer:  Susan Graham (Voice)
Conductor:  John Alexander,  David Clemensen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Venue:  Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Art 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Dead Man Walking: He Will Gather Us Around by Jake Heggie
Performer:  Susan Graham (Voice)
Conductor:  John Alexander
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2000 
Venue:  Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Art 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
He will Gather Us Around, for chorus by Jake Heggie
Conductor:  John Alexander
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003 
Venue:  Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Art 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Patterns, for mezzo-soprano & female chorus by Jake Heggie
Performer:  Susan Graham (Voice)
Conductor:  John Alexander,  David Clemensen
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1999 
Venue:  Meng Concert Hall, Clayes Performing Art 
Length: 14 Minutes 32 Secs. 

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