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James MacMillan – Clemency

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Catalogue numberBIS-2129 CD
Release date2014-08-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time58:55

World Première Recording (live recording of staged performances)

Clemency is the third operatic collaboration between the composer James MacMillan and the poet Michael Symmons Roberts to date – a chamber opera which explores a central but enigmatic episode in the Old Testament: Abraham and Sarah are visited by three mysterious strangers giving them the joyous information that Sarah will bear a child, but also letting them know of their intention to destroy the neighbouring towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. The composer himself has commented that Clemency is set in the present day and ‘is not intended as a Biblical drama in the old Hollywood style. Abraham and Sarah are modern people and they’re visited by three strange but modern figures who, it turns out, have something terroristic about them. There is something of the ancient and the modern in the piece; the ancient, Biblical tale but also the kinds of thing people face today in many parts of the world.’ Composed in 2009-10, Clemency was commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera, together with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Scottish Opera and Britten Sinfonia. For the first U.S. production of the one-act work, Boston Lyric Opera decided, with the approval of the composer and librettist, to introduce the figure of Hagar, servant to Sarah but also the mother of Abraham’s first child, Ishmael. This is done by incorporating a version of Schubert’s early song Hagar’s Lament as a prelude to this opera which challenges us to measure the impact of our lives in a modern world that continues to be marked politically and spiritually by acts of mercy and acts of vengeance.
 
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  Composer: Schubert, Franz
01 Introduction: Abraham’s chant 01:19 $ 0.24 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schubert, Franz
  Hagar’s Lament
02 Hagar: Here on a hill of burning sand 14:37 $ 2.63 USD
 
 
  Composer: MacMillan, James
  Clemency - Scene 1 (Sarah, Abraham) 06:24
03 Abraham’s chant 04:29 $ 0.81 USD
04 Duet: What is the measure of our years? 01:55 $ 0.35 USD
 
 
  Composer: MacMillan, James
  Clemency - Scene 2 (Sarah, Abraham, Travellers) 24:48
05 Abraham: No-one can walk far in this heat 07:23 $ 1.33 USD
06 Travellers: Gold has lost its light 05:06 $ 0.92 USD
07 Chant of the Travellers; Sarah and Abraham: Who are these
angels?
06:12 $ 1.12 USD
08 Sarah: Three strangers bring a gift to me 06:07 $ 1.10 USD
 
 
  Composer: MacMillan, James
  Clemency - Scene 3 (Sarah, Abraham, Travellers, Hagar)
09 Abraham: Who are you? 04:01 $ 0.72 USD
 
 
  Composer: MacMillan, James
  Clemency - Scene 4 (Sarah, Abraham, Travellers)
10 Sarah: And the good? 04:38 $ 0.83 USD
 
 
  Composer: MacMillan, James
  Clemency - Scene 5 (Sarah)
11 Sarah’s lament: Months from now 02:23 $ 0.54 USD
 
  Album total 58:55
ComposerMacMillan, James
Schubert, Franz
ConductorAngus, David
OrchestraBoston Lyric Opera Orchestra
BaritoneKravitz, David
McFerrin, David
SopranoAbraham, Christine
Trainor, Michelle
TenorFerreira, Neal
Levine, Samuel
PianoHodgdon, Brett

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