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Glass: In The Penal Colony / Rafferty, Music Theatre Wales

Release Date: 02/14/2012 
Label:  Orange Mountain Music   Catalog #: 78  
Composer:  Philip Glass
Performer:  Omar EbrahimMichael Bennett
Conductor:  Michael Rafferty
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music Theatre Wales
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Philip Glass' one act chamber opera In the Penal Colony was composed in 2000. The libretto is by Rudolph Wurlitzer and based on a story by Franz Kafka. A condemned man is about to be executed. The Officer describes the execution machine to the Visitor, detailing its conception, its construction and finally its method. The method of execution is the most horrific and inhumane imaginable. The Officer's zealous dedication to this method is based on his belief that the machine has the power to bring about a moment of transfiguration in the victim, the moment they understand the crime they have committed. Scored for string quintet and two singers, this world premiere recording by the Music Theatre Wales under the direction of Michael Rafferty Read more features tenor Michael Bennett as the Visitor and baritone Omar Ebrahim as the Officer. Read less

Works on This Recording

In the Penal Colony by Philip Glass
Performer:  Omar Ebrahim (Baritone), Michael Bennett (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michael Rafferty
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music Theatre Wales
Period: 20th/21st Century 
Written: 2000 

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