CD Robert Ashley: Atalanta (Acts of God) (CD 1053619),
back to browsing

Robert Ashley: Atalanta (Acts of God)

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Atalanta (Acts of God), opera: Episode 1. Max. Odalisque & Character Reference
    2. Atalanta (Acts of God), opera: Episode 1. Max. Anecdote with Chorale. No, Never Go
    3. Atalanta (Acts of God), opera: Episode 2. Willard. Odalisque & Character Reference
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Atalanta (Acts of God), opera: Episode 2. Willard. Anecdote with Chorale. You've Got to Hold Me Tighter (Yeah)
    2. Atalanta (Acts of God), opera: Episode 3. Bud. Odalisque & Character Reference
    3. Atalanta (Acts of God), opera: Episode 3. Bud. Anecdote with Chorale. Giving Love Away
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3301

  • Credits
    EngineerPiero Schiavoni

    Personnel: David Van Tieghem, Rebecca Armstrong (recorder); "Blue" Gene Tyranny (keyboards, electronics).
    Recording information: Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy.
    At last ! The two CD re-issue of the original vinyl set of 1985. This opera is the first New Narrative opera to be recorded live, and it's a fascinating, innovative and emotional performance. Staged at the Teatro Olimpico in Rome, Ashley's humorous, poetic and transcendental text is sung in English and Italian by the well-known baritone Thomas Buckner, Italian singer and actress Carlo Tat, the star of several Ashley operas (as well as a talented set and costume designer) Jacqueline Humbert, and Ashley himself as narrator. Also featuring spontaneous keyboard playing by synthesist "Blue" Gene Tyranny, pre-recorded chorales, and live sound modification by Paul Shorr.
    Atalanta, the princess who was discarded by her family and raised by animals to become the fastest-running human, is later reclaimed by her father in order to marry her off for dynastic purposes. She is approached by three characters from the 20th century whose personalities are presented in stories and anecdotes as they are considered for the role of the "successful suitor." These three are the surrealist painter Max Ernst, shaman storyteller (and, incidentally, a relative of Ashley's) William Reynolds, and the famed composer/pianist Bud Powell. These men also represent three aspects of the opera: image, narrative, and music. Each approaches Atalanta with specific arias: the Odalisque arias remind her of her excellence, the Character Reference arias recommend to her characteristics of excellence in men, and the Anecdotes are sung for her amusement. This is a brilliant work of subtle insights. ~ "Blue" Gene Tyranny

0 Stars 0 average rating
In Stock -- Item Ships for FREE
Our price $21.69
Add to wishlist

What viewers like you said...

Have you listened to this album? Be the first to write a review

Also suggested for you...

  • buy now for


  • buy now for


  • buy now for


  • buy now for