John Harbison: Winter's Tale

BMOP/sound 1023
August 2012
2-CD
Disc 1: 41:19
Disc 2: 42:43
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Gil Rose, conductor

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Track Listing

Disc 1
  •  Winter's Tale (1974, rev. 1991)
  •  Act 1
  •  Sicilia. Leontes's palace.
  • 1.Dumbshow 1
  • 2.Scene 1: Too hot, too hot!

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  • 3.Scene 1: Is he won yet?
  • 4.Scene 1: Inch thick, knee-deep! Over head and ears a fork'd one.
  • 5.Scene 1: Camillo, this great sir will stay here longer.
  • 6.Scene 1: Who does infect her?
  • 7.Dumbshow 2
  • 8.Scene 2: Come now, sit by us, and tell a tale.
  • 9.Scene 2: Do not weep, good fools
  • 10.Scene 2: Be certain what you do, sir
  • 11.Scene 2: Nor night, nor day, no rest
  • 12.Scene 2: My lord! I come from your good queen.
  • 13.Scene 3: Hermione, queen to Leontes, thou art here accused
  • 14.Scene 3: To me can life be no commodity.
  • 15.Scene 3: Then in Apollo's name the oracle

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  • 16.Scene 3: This news is mortal to our queen
  • 17.Dumbshow 3
Disc 2
  •  Act II
  •  Bohemia. Sixteen years later.
  • 1.Dumbshow 4
  • 2.Scene 1: A country sheep-shearing festival begins.
  • 3.Scene 1: Rev'rend sirs, for you there's rosemary and rue
  • 4.Scene 1: Dance of the Twelve Satyrs
  • 5.Scene 1: Now my fairest friend
  • 6.Scene 1: What you do still betters what is done.

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  • 7.Scene 1: Dance of Shepherds and Shepherdesses
  • 8.Scene 1: Fond boy, we bar thee from succession.
  • 9.Scene 1: Camillo, I must put to sea with her
  •  Sicilia. Leontes's palace.
  • 10.Scene 2: When I remember her and her virtues
  • 11.Scene 2: Only when your first queen is in breath
  • 12.Scene 2: Polixenes is hast'ning to the court
  • 13.Dumbshow 5
  •  A chapel.
  • 14.Scene 3: Paulina, we have not yet seen
  • 15.Scene 3: Masterly done.
  • 16.Scene 3: Music; awake her; strike!

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  • 17.Dumbshow 6

News & Press

January 5, 2013 — Boston Modern Orchestra Project, continues to be persuasive advocates for American composers: both live and on CD. Under the direction of Gil Rose, BMOP is one of the few orchestras devoted to American music that regularly – and prolifically – records. Their imprint, BMOP sound, released several noteworthy recordings in 2012. Among my favorites was a double CD of John Harbison’s opera Winter’s Tale, a relatively early work that boasts a wonderfully pungent and engaging score.
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