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Moore: The Ballad Of Baby Doe /Buckley, Sills, Cassel, Et Al


Release Date: 04/20/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 465148   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Douglas Moore
Performer:  John DennisonDonald ArthurWilliam SaxonLynn Taussig,   ... 
Conductor:  Emerson Buckley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York City Opera OrchestraNew York City Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Moore's music has a distinctly American flavor that is ideally suited to his subject matter. Surprisingly, he achieved this without significant quotations from American folk music.
'The Ballad of Baby Doe' received its New York premiere in 1958 at the New York City Opera with soprano Beverly Sills in the title role. The role, surprisingly small for a diva of Sills' stature, turned out to be one of her greatest triumphs. Moore's opera is brilliant in its simple eloquence. Characters sing in an unadorned, poignantly direct fashion, without ornamentation. Of course it helps that the cast includes some of the most gifted singers of the day, including Walter Cassel and Frances Bible. Sills makes the very most of two great solo scenes, the
Read more lovely "Willow Song" and a dramatic final aria. The remainder of the cast is superb as well, with Cassel and Bible singing with dramatic fervor and emotion. This is an extremely valuable document of 20th-century American opera. Read less

Works on This Recording

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The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore
Performer:  John Dennison (Baritone), Donald Arthur (Bass), William Saxon (Voice),
Lynn Taussig (Voice), Arthur Newman (Bass), George Del Monte (Voice),
Keith Kaldenberg (Voice), Edson Hoel (Voice), Dan Marek (Voice),
Peter Sliker (Voice), Joshua Hecht (Bass Baritone), Beatrice Krebs (Alto),
Dorothy White (Voice), Lou Rodgers (Voice), Jennie Andrea (Voice),
Mary LeSawyer (Soprano), Robert Atherton (Voice), Lynda Jordan (Voice),
Helen Baisley (Voice), Greta Wolff (Voice), Jack DeLon (Tenor),
Chester Ludgin (Baritone), Grant Williams (Tenor), Frances Bible (Mezzo Soprano),
Walter Cassel (Baritone), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emerson Buckley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York City Opera Orchestra,  New York City Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1959 
Length: 134 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 

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