Archive for June, 2008

Playlist #843: 2008-06-09

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
Vincent Persichetti: The hollow men (1944)
Anthony Plog tpt / Hans-Ola Ericsson org (BIS-CD-565)
Elie Siegmeister: On this ground (1972)
Kenneth Boulton pf (Naxos 8.559020)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli (1555)
Pro Cantione Antique / Bruno Turner cond (MHS 416608T)

Messiaen’s St-François d’Assise at the Nederlandse Opera

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

St-François d’Assise

Opera in three Acts and eight Scenes

Libretto and Music by Olivier Messiaen

A New Production of the Nederlandse Opera
Première Performance of 1 June 2008
Het Musiktheater, Amsterdam

Musical Direction: Ingo Metzmacher
Director: Pierre Audi
Sets and Lighting: Jean Kalman
Costumes Angelo Figus
Video: Ervan Huon
Dramaturge: Klaus Bertisch
Choral Director: Martin Wright
Resident Orchestra and Choir of the Nederlandse Opera

L’ange: Camilla Tilling
Saint François: Rod Gilfry
Le lépreux: Hubert Delamboye
Frère Léon: Henk Neven
Frère Massée: Tom Randle
Frère Élie: Donald Kaasch
Frère Bernard: Armand Arapian
Frère Sylvestre: Jan Willem Baljet
Frère Rufin: André Morsch

an account by KEN QUANDT

The saints have shown us many ways to live a perfect life. Yet somehow the lesson we tend to come away with is that the saints are special, rather than their lives. We know they would not have it this way, that they want us to know and to use what they have learned in our own lives rather than idolize them; and we know this because this is what their lives and actions always teach us. Therefore we need to be told their lives over and over again. Saint Francis is a perfect case. As we come to know him, we are stunned by his humility – not because we wish we were less proud, but because his humility, as it is described by the stories of his life, is so credible.
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