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Michael Berkeley: For You

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberSIGCD208
Release date2010-08-23

For You is a new opera that brings together the music of composer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Michael Berkeley and Booker-prize winning author Ian McEwan. This gripping tale of love, lust and obsession centers on the composer and prodigious womanizer Charles Frieth (Alan Opie), and the tragic consequences that his selfish actions cause him and those around.

Although essentially dark, there are moments of irony, wit, and humour throughout the opera. Soaring vocal lines, intricate ensemble pieces, and imaginative instrumental writing make this an electrifying work. Masterly performed by Music Theatre Wales, directed by Michael Rafferty.

The Opera has had great success from its initial performances in Wales and the Royal Opera House provoking great reviews.

“For You is a dark opera worth waiting for.”The Evening Standard

“... a dazzling and taut chamber piece which gives passionate way to Bergian lyricism while referencing both Britten and Richard Strauss in its airy, word-driven vocal lines.” The Independent
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$ 32.85
Extra material for download
Disc 1
  Composer: Berkeley, Michael
  Act I 56:17
01 Scene 1: The Rehearsal Room 09:58 $ 2.69 USD
02 Scene 2: The Frieths’ London house 10:54 $ 2.94 USD
03 Scene 3: The Frieths’ London house 07:45 $ 2.09 USD
04 Scene 4: The Frieths’ London house 04:43 $ 1.27 USD
05 Scene 5: Charles’s Study 10:30 $ 2.84 USD
06 Scene 6: Charles’s Study 12:27 $ 3.36 USD
Disc 2
  Composer: Berkeley, Michael
  Act II 65:24
01 Scene 1: The Hospital 14:35 $ 3.94 USD
02 Scene 2: Charles’s Study 16:18 $ 4.40 USD
03 Scene 3: The Hospital 15:28 $ 4.18 USD
04 Scene 4: The Rehearsal Room 19:03 $ 5.14 USD
  Album total 121:41
ComposerBerkeley, Michael
ConductorRafferty, Michael
OrchestraMusic Theatre Wales

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