Chisholm, Erik - Simoon

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The Simoon- the violent, hot wind that blows in the North African desert- gives its name to August Strindberg’s psychological drama, published in 1889 and later described by the Glaswegian composer Erik Chisholm as ‘exciting and frightening’. Third in a triptych of operas which the composer wrote after his move to South Africa in the late 1940s, his adaptation of Strindberg’s play evokes the desert setting through a blend of the Hindustani scales he had studied in wartime India and a skillful use of free twelve-tone technique, but was never performed with orchestra in his own lifetime. Restored here to full color, this terrifyingly compact fifty-minute work reveals Chisholm’s ability to create music of extraordinary sensuality in which the senses are hideously deceived, the intense exoticism both beautiful and a parody of its own beauty. Psychologically brutal, its sensuality feeds upon death, whil its subject matter was as thoroughly topical in its own time as it is resonant today, turning as it does on a confrontation between faiths and on the consequences of colonial aggression. Simoon presents no easy answers, but this brave work gives powerful expression to powerful emotions and beliefs; it is an undoubted twentieth-century masterpiece.
Artikelnummer DCD34139
Streckkod 0801918341397
Utgivningsdatum 2016-11-18
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Delphian
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Dirigenter Ryan, Ian
Ensembler Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland
Kompositörer Chisholm, Erik
Disk: 1
1 Scene One: Introduction
2 Scene One: 1st Movement - La ilaha illa’llah!
3 Scene One: 2nd Movement - Biskra! Do you still kno
4 Scene One: 3rd Movement - Ever since my eyes first
5 Scene One: 4th Movement - I am going now to sleep
6 Scene One: 5th Movement - My eyes are already begi
7 Scene Two: 1st Movement - The Simoon is here
8 Scene Two: 2nd Movement - That was the dog that bi
9 Scene Two: 3rd Movement - Biskra, Biskra, Biskra,
10 Scene Two: 4th Movement - I am Ali the guide
11 Scene Two: 5th Movement - I hear the murmuring of
12 Scene Two: 6th Movement - What do you see now?
13 Scene Two: 7th Movement - Now you are dying, Frank
14 Scene Two: 8th Movement - Can you hear the drums?
15 Scene Two: 9th Movement - Yes, you are dead!
16 Scene Three - Simoon! Simoon!
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